Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Review: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan


During World War II, most of the men in Britain left to fight, leaving the women behind to run things as well as they could.  This book tells the fictional stories of several women in the town of Chilbury who band together to form a women's choir.  Told through journal entries and letters, the reader gets an inside look at why these women do what they do, how they feel, and their justifications.  Teenage sisters Kitty and Venetia go through their own love stories, but they mature as they learn to appreciate each other.  Timid Mrs. Tilling develops a backbone as she deals with an unwanted boarder and other problems in the village.

This book was an interesting look into the home front during the War.  I'm sure women had to deal with experiences similar to those portrayed in this book.  Newcomers to the village who aren't quite what they seem:  are they spies or just black marketeers?  What happens when the local lord loses his only son in battle, and he needs another son to inherit the estate?  How do women cope with overbearing men living with them as part of the war effort?

Yes, I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it.  While it dealt with some hard issues, it was also encouraging to read about how women banded together to deal with the harsh realities of war.

I want to thank Blogging for Books for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

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