The Chilbury Ladies Choir- Jennifer Ryan

 

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This was a lovely book set in Chilbury in Kent during the war years. The women of the village are upset when the vicar disbands the choir because the men have gone to war. When Prim, a music teacher moves in she gets a ladies choir set up and events for them to sing at and competitions.

The story is told in a delightful mix of journal entries and letters between certain characters. We share in the true horrors of the war as felt by the villagers- sons lost in battle, bombs destroying homes and losing cherished friends.

Prim’s house sounds amazing and her teaching approach is also very encouraging and she gets the best of of the ladies in the choir.

The ladies are also trying to help the war effort and look out for strange happenings taking place.

You get a real sense of war in a village setting, the manor house characters having leading roles

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