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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

     by Ryan, Jennifer

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

The women of Chilbury are saddened to hear their church choir's been shut down by the Vicar due to the lack of men. But when Primrose Trent, a music professor at the nearby university, comes to town, she forms the Chilbury Ladies' Choir and enlists them in a singing competition. Equally flustered and flattered, the women of Chilbury stand together as the war hits home, using music as a base and each other for comfort.  

The ladies' choir gives the women a voice in a time when women didn't really have one. This WWII novel primarily focuses on a village outside of Dover during the spring and summer months of 1940, when the Nazis began attacking England. Told in journal entries and letters, the reader experiences the war through the eyes of five different women of varying ages and backgrounds. Fans of small-town humor as found in the Doc Martin series, the female comradery of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, and the epistolary style of Letters from Skye will enjoy this book.

Reviewed by lc, 01/17. Other reviews by lc.