A February 2017 LibraryReads Pick
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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.
This audiobook includes popular versions of classical music sung by women’s choirs, including the songs Abide with Me and All Creatures, Ave Maria, and The Lord’s My Shepherd.
Cast of Narrators:
and Mike Grady
“A delightful debut.”
“World War II in an English village seen through the eyes of the most delicious cast of characters you’ll ever meet—The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a masterpiece of secrets, disdirection, village gossip, and gleeful disregard for anything but the main chance, as the Home Front learns to carry on.”
Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author
“There’s so much happening in Chilbury: intrigue, romance, and a charming cast of characters who aren’t always as they appear. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a charming slice of English wartime life that warms the soul like a hot toddy.”
Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author
“Written in a series of personal letters, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel follows a diverse cast of women as they navigate village life, love, friendship, and dangerous family secrets as England enters the fray of World War II.”
“Told in the form of diaries and letters in the voices of the female characters, Ryan’s novel…captures the experience of the war from a woman’s perspective…The letter/diary format works well, and the plot elements satisfyingly come together
“The kind of wartime novel that plays out over the intimate territory of the human heart—full of soul, full of hope.”
Beatriz Williams, author of A Certain AgeLyrical, poetic, emotional, funny, endearing, surprising – it is a masterpiece.
Veronica Henry, author of An Eligible Bachelor
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Historical
- ISBN-13: 9781524721343