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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel (edició 2017)

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Letters and journals reveal the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the upheavals of war and village intrigue on the English home front.As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to close the choir and instead resurrect themselves as the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. There's a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.… (més)
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Títol:The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel
Autors:Jennifer Ryan (Autor)
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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir de Jennifer Ryan

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It is Kent in 1940, Dunkirk happened and the bombing of England by Germany has begun. The small village of Chilbury has a choir that is disbanded due to the lack of men. However, Miss Primrose Trent, a music teacher, arrives and creates an all women choir that brings the women of this village together. There is the overbearing Mrs. B and her son Henry; the very helpful nurse, Mrs. Tilling and her son David who is on the way to war; Brigadier Winthrop who needs a male heir after Edmund's death; Miss Edwina Paltry, a midwife with questionable morals; and the Winthrop daughters, Kitty and Venetia. The book opens with the funeral of Edmund Winthrop who died when his submarine was torpedoed. The book is a series of chapters that are letters or diary entries by Kitty Winthrop (a 13-year old), Venetia Winthrop (18 years old writing letters to childhood friend in London), Silvie (a 10 year old Jewish girl evacuated from Czechoslovakia); Mrs. Tilling, and Miss Edwina Paltry (letters to sister Clara). The book shows how the village came together to support each other in 1940, using music as the vehicle. ( )
  baughga | Mar 4, 2021 |
Cozy Engish community copes with the absence of men in England during 1940.
A WWII version of [The Summer Before the War]. It is written in epistolary format similar to [The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society]
The audiobook has the nice addition of a womens' choir singing a few of the selections in the book. ( )
  tangledthread | Jan 7, 2021 |
I really loved this novel. I became very fond of so many of the characters who made up the Chilbury Ladies Choir. Their story is told through journal entries or letters. The choir comes together as first all woman choir since men are all at war. This is a big scandal. According to Mrs. B they just cannot do it. But thanks to a forward thinking choir director, Parm they do. We meet young Kirry Winthrop just 14 years old and the best voice. She develops a huge crush on Henry who is interested in her older sister Venetia who is a huge flirt whos has set her sights on "Mr. Slater. Mrs. Tilling is a widow who sees her son off to war and must learn to cope and the choir
does that for her. There are some great villians like the midwife Edwina switching babies and the Brigadier who is a woman hater bent on aquiring a male heir through whatever means.
In fact the choir allows the women to discover that there is more inside them they they ever knew. We learn how WWll gave everyday women a voice.
Just a delight to read. ( )
  Smits | Dec 18, 2020 |
In the early days of World War II, the Vicar in the village of Chilbury announces that the church choir will be disbanded because there are very few men left in the village. A newcomer to the village, Music Professor Primrose Trent, objects saying that music can bring the women of the village together and help them all get through the war. Under her expert leadership, the women band together and form the Chilbury Ladies Choir. They use their music and friendships to help get them through deaths, threat of invasion, bombings, rationing and all of the changes the war brings to their little corner of England.

The Chilbury Ladies Choir is a beautiful epistolary novel. The story comes to life through the letters and journal entries written by the women of Chilbury. The women share their fears, triumphs and challenges. Choir practices and performances bring them together and give them support and hope during a bleak time. One of my favorite scenes involves Prim Trent bringing the choir together to give thanks for the soldiers who have given their lives and to de-stress. Prim teaches the women about Gregorian Chant, and they sing together. Each woman left practice that night with peace and hope renewed in their souls.

This is a moving and beautiful book. It shows an entire village pulling together to survive war-time horrors. Some rose to the occasion and became a support structure for everyone around them, and others were pulled down into criminal activity. The book doesn't sugar coat the effects of war on village life, but shows the reality through the eyes of the women left at home.

I'm usually not a big fan of epistolary novels. But this one is well-written and wonderful. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys historical or women's fiction.

This is Jennifer Ryan's debut novel. To find out more about the author, check out her website: http://jenniferryanbooks.com/

**I voluntarily read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from Crown Publishing via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Perhaps it's because I had just finished reading "A Gentleman in Moscow," but I found this book to be quite a letdown. ( )
  ksb427 | Oct 27, 2020 |
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First funeral of the war, and our little village choir simply couldn't sing in tune.
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But if we don't think about our death until we die, how can we decide how we want to live?
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Letters and journals reveal the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the upheavals of war and village intrigue on the English home front.As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to close the choir and instead resurrect themselves as the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. There's a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.

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