Friday, March 3, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir Book Review


About the Book

"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!" 

As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead 'carry on singing'. Resurrecting themselves as "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir", the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives. 

Told through letters and journals, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit -- a timid widow worried over her son at the front; the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist; her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn't understand; a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past -- we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir's collective voice reverberates in her individual life. 

In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the home front, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Well this book really just wasn't for me. I felt like it went on and on and I couldn't click with the characters. The setting is great and the choir is interesting otherwise I couldn't get into it. I am rather picky when it comes to books being completely letters/journals. I found it at times confusing in this book with the amount of people writing and the multiple stories. I do like how many of the people grow throughout the book and the ending is pretty solid. Many others have enjoyed this book it just wasn't for me. 

Three stars. 

"I received this book from Blogging For Books for free. All opinions are my own."

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