The Chilbury Ladies' Choir (Hardcover)

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Sometimes you just need a book like this. Sometimes you need to escape and lose yourself in the twists and turns of a clever novel set in another time and place. The British tale is told through letters and diary entries, and covers the first seven months of WWII in the charming village of Chilbury. A veritable soap opera of spies, intrigue, love affairs and the first bombs to fall on Britain, this is a book to cozy up with and let every other care just fall away, enjoy every entertaining moment!  

— Barb



"A delightful debut."--People

For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.

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 "carry on singing," resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: 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.

An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan's debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.

About the Author

JENNIFER RYAN lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101906750
ISBN-10: 1101906758
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English