"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. ~Goodreads Blurb
This is a lovely and cozy read to break open this spring. First time author Jennifer Ryan, has decided to take an interesting trope (The women left behind) and use their own voices to tell their stories. The entire story is told through letters and journals, that advance the story while providing different viewpoints and giving the reader a break from each storyline. There is a sort of ease that come from familiar storylines and this is apparent in Ryan’s first go. With a bit of intrigue, some spies, and a bit of black market dealings, Ryan has created an English village not far from the Channel.
Though some readers have pointed out that rarely would whole conversations be repeated verbatim in an authentic journal, I feel that it didn’t detract from the story. As a design choice I think it fit, and if anything a story without these conversations may have been very dull indeed. There are several select tropes and familiar arches that make this the cozy read that it is. There is a reason that these tropes are used often, and that is because the familiarity of them is comforting.
*This book was provided by BloggingForBooks and Crown Publishing Group in exchange for honest feedback*
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