The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes.
This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out.
In the idyllic village of Chilbury change is afoot. Hearts are breaking as sons and husbands leave to fight, and when the Vicar decides to close the choir until the men return, all seems lost.
I'm hoping to write a sequel soon, as it would be fantastic for me to step into the shoes of those fabulous ladies once again.
Could you tell me who your favorite characters were? I'm keeping a tally, just for fun!
Thank you so much!
Best wishes, Jennifer(less)
Lovely book! For the really good and relaxing read, great story, five stars! Sort of a feel-good book with both sad and happy events.... Great and colorful story buildup with each chapter written from the point of view of one of the book's main characters. Central roles for a numbe ...more
I love reading books that are written as letters, journal entries, articles etc. I honestly don't think I would have had such a positive reaction to this book of done ...more
The story is told over a series of letters, newspaper articles, and journal entries and switches back and forth between these and various ...more
What bothered me was that the letters and journals seemed a bit contrived. I've never yet seen a journal that quotes entire conversations verbatim, with quotation marks. Most of the journ ...more
...It was the funeral of Edmund Winthrop, the Brigadier’s despicable son who was blown up in a submarine last wee ...more
I have conflicting thoughts and emotions about this book that i have just finished, and I can’t quite put my finger on what the history wants to give to the reader.
As a first impact it seemed to me a novel that never managed to take off taking a clear and precise direction, so many ideas and beautiful aspects but never fully developed...
Let’s take the musical aspect, The Choir, pivot on which the narration turns, for me the author has never been able to give to the reader a taste why ...more
"NOTICE PINNED TO THE CHILBURY VILLAGE HALL NOTICEBOARD,
SUNDAY, 24TH MARCH, 1940
As all our male voices have gone to war, the village choir is to close following Cmdr. Edmund Winthrop’s funeral next Tuesday.
Tuesday, 26th March, 1940"
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, told through letters and journals, and “lists” of things, is a story set in a small village in England, as WWII ravaged the landscape, lives and changed an entire generation, and those that followed. A town with a few ...more
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is an endearing, uplifting and refreshing story about five members of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir who are left behind as the men go off to fight in the war. It's a story of grief, deception, struggles, romance and hope as the threats from the Nazi’s reaches their village and shattering lives.
Through journals and letters we see how the women grow and change, forge a bond and draw strength from togetherness.
Even though I found there to be some dramatic plot l ...more
This book had a little bit of everything I look for in a story. Beautiful writing, multi-dimensional characters, a wonderfully illustrated setting, and a dose of rich history. The story of the formation of the Chilbur ...more
This was a great WWII centric book that takes place in an English village in 1940. The entire novel is a collection of letters, journals, diaries, and telegrams written by a number of women in the community. Jennifer Ryan writes a compelling story about a group of women who join together and sing their hearts out to uplift their community ...more
It is a village in the southeast of England dealing with war--bombs, rationing, men gone off to war, etc.
There are stories of unrequited love, schoolgirl crushes, unwanted pregnancies and more. The characters are believable--
a scheming midwife willing to arrange abortions
a precocious 12 year old ...more
The ladies of Chilbury, England are not going to let the devastation of war hold them back, as most of the men in their small village have gone off to fight and the women are now are left to support each other. The first thing they establish is The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, as they realize the power of music will not only help them get through the war, but help build a sense of community with the other townspeople.
This is an endearing story that is filled with friendship and camaraderie ...more
“There is a way of life here that I don’t believe any war can crush, that will endure long after we’re gone.”
This story begins in an English village in the early days of World War II after the men of ...more
Up until now there has been a choir, but now with the men gone the vicar has cancelled the choir. But... soon the women are rallying around Prim the choir mistress and they are setting up their own group.
The story is told by ...more
The audio was wonderful. There is often singing and music when singing and music were happening in the story. Lovely. I wish it was done for all the songs/music.
The characters are wonderful and varied. Some are a real hoot. They’re all interesting and thoroughly entertaining! There were a few that really touched my heart. The story, stories really, have ...more
What a fabulous book! World War 2 historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and Jennifer Ryan writes a beautiful story with a very entertaining cast of characters. Chilbury is a small town in England close to the coast on the eastern side. As the story opens in 1941, most of the men have been called up to fight causing the vicar of the local church to disband the choir until after the war. A group of women, lead by a spirited newcomer, rebel against the vicar’s wishes and create ...more
After the majority of the men leave to fight in the war, the town of Chilbury is left primarily with women. The vicar, believing that the choir will not work without men, disbands it despite the women´s objections. That is until a newcomer to town rallies the women together and asembles the Chilbury Ladies´ Choir, the first women-only choir. While not everyone is in agreeme ...more
The Chilbury Ladies Choir sang their hearts out!! It was a song of joy, strength , and resilience as they bonded together in a steadfast Home Front!!
The story takes place in the English village of Chilbury, in 1940. The Vicar declared that the choir be disband because the men were off to war. The Ladies of the choir rebelled and formed their own choir~The Chilbury Ladies ...more
I received a free copy of the ebook from the publi ...more
NOTICE PINNED TO THE CHILBURY VILLAGE HALL NOTICEBOARD, SUNDAY, 24TH MARCH, 1940
"As all our male voices have gone to war, the village choir is to close following Cmdr. Edmund Winthrop's funeral next Tuesday.
Through notices, letters and journal and diary entries, THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR unfolds the s ...more
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As an adult, she became a nonfiction book editor, first editing politics and economics at The Economist Books, and then moving on to the BBC, DK, and other publishers, editing books on health, cooking, wine, and history.
All this time, ...more