The Chilbury’s Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan turned-out to be an appropriate book to read in honor of International Woman’s Day. It is a fictional novel about a small town in England and the people who, over the course of approximately six months in 1940, learn to cope with changes brought about by World War Two.
When Chilbury’s men go off to war, the ladies left behind find hidden strengths. The all female choir they form and their combined voices become a path through difficulties. Told in the form of diaries and letters, the author captures innermost thoughts and feelings of the townsfolk. I enjoyed reading the varying viewpoints and perspectives. It made the story very personal.
I think this is a wonderful novel. I read it in two days for the pure pleasure of it and was sorry to see it end!