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Title: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
Author: Angie Lake
Publisher: Harper Collins Uk, The Borough Press
Published: February 23rd, 2017
I wasn’t sure about this book when I first started but it oh so quickly, within a page, it had totally won me over! It is a delightful story, told from four different points of view, set in the village of Chilbury in Kent. It is 1940 and most of the local men have gone off to war – indeed it starts with the funeral service for Edmund Winthrop, the son of the local big wig and a vicious bully killed in a torpedoed submarine. It is at the Church that the notice that this is the last time the choir will sing together is posted by the vicar. This causes uproar and the arrival of a music professor, Primrose Trent, is enough to turn things round as she sets up the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.
Escape into this village to discover the intrigue, schemes, plots and mischief which abound and find out just what life was like in this community during the Second World War through the diaries, journals and letters of four women living there at that time – all of whom are members of the choir. This is a lovely read, with so much going on at such a traumatic time when the ladies really start to play a significant role in the war effort.
It is well written and witty, taking the reader in to the historical situations, has brilliantly portrayed characters and a healthy dose of melodrama, bribery, suspense, music and even romance, too! Read it to find the pressures war imposes on the various members of the community and how they coped with it. This is a book I have no hesitation in highly recommending – and warn any readers to get ready for an enthralling, humorous and engaging, enjoyable read!
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
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. Kent, 1940. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar’s closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, the women use their song and unity to embolden the community as the war tears through their lives. Dependable Mrs Tilling sees the choir as a chance to finally put herself first, and a welcome distraction from thoughts of her son fighting on the front line. For Kitty Winthrop, the precocious youngest daughter of Chilbury Manor, singing is the only way to outshine her glamorous sister Venetia, who isn’t letting the war ruin her plan to make every bachelor in the county fall in love with her. Meanwhile, when midwife Edwina Paltry is presented with a dastardly job which she’s convinced will make her rich, she will have to misuse more than the trust of the choir’s women to carry out her scheme – and nothing is going to stop her. Filled with intrigue, humour and touching warmth, and set against the devastating backdrop of the Second World War, this is a lively and big-hearted novel told through the voices of four very different but equally vibrant characters, who will win you over as much with their mischief as with their charm.