“The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir” by Jennifer Ryan

This delightful novel captures the imagination immediately, pulling the reader into the story as surely as if they were one of the well-drawn characters. It’s a rare, impossible-to-put down slice of life that captures the fears and occasional horrors of the home front during WWII. At the same time, it illustrates how hope and courage grew in the hearts of the women young and old, who did far more, physically and psychologically, than merely keeping the home fires burning.  This story is told through letters and journals of about a half-dozen individuals of various ages from young girls to older women. The author did such a good job of capturing the voices of the various ages. The author acknowledges actual diaries and journals that were kept during the war as her inspiration for the novel. She certainly did her homework on this one as she struck all the right notes.

 

 

 

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