THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan
As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II, the men are away
fighting and 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.
Shuttling 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.
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