“The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir”: a review

It’s World War II, and the denizens of Chilbury are faced with the loss of their church choir as their men leave to fight for the cause.  Enter Prim, an upbeat teacher, with a fresh outlook, who encourages the women to defy protocols and create their own chorus.

Jennifer Ryan’s novel about the life of those left behind during war, is laced with intrigue, romance, and humour.  The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir illustrates how war brings out the worst and the best in people, and how when a community pulls together, transformation occurs.

The story unfolds via letters and journal entries, introducing many different perspectives.  As is my norm, I listened to the audio version, performed by: Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogene Wilde, Adjoa Andoh, Tom Clegg, and Mike Grady.

The audio rendition is delightful, and with Ryan’s excellent use of description, I felt as if I was watching, not just listening, to an expert performance.

Very entertaining.

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