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  • A wonderful, wonderful book.

    This is a village saga based in Kent in the time of the Second World War. It’s beautifully presented and reads very quickly and easily right from the start. Things that drew me to this book were: Firstly, the cover caught my eye. The village tale appealed, and the musical angle too. The character diaries are equally charming and amusing in their turn of phrase and descriptions of the locals. On top of all this pleasant village setting we soon have intrigue, secrets and lies. I was only 4% into it and I was already imagining it as a TV mini-series, I think it would be great material for that medium. I loved how this was done: The story is mostly told through the characters’ journals, diaries and letters. Having read Jennifer Ryan’s author bio on Goodreads and that this is her first novel I could hardly believe it as it seems incredibly accomplished right from the early stages. A cosy village yarn with a bit of scandalous activity. Well-paced with some dramatic scenes in the last stretch. Addictive reading! A wonderful, wonderful book. I read a pre-publication copy of this book from Netgalley.

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  • Chilbury Ladies Choir

    Written in diary form by all the main characters reveals so many wonderful but also disturbing aspects of the English village of Chilbury, Kent during WW2. For anyone who has lived in a small town/village even today will be acutely aware of the familiarity of residents and the gossip that ensues from time to time. The reader cannot help but become involved with all the very different personalities of the village women and admire their great determination and strength of spirit. Only with the bombing of their village does their slow realisation that their small island nation is in great peril from mighty German army. The diary form the book is not distracting, is meshed together well and is a beautiful read.

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  • The Chlbury Ladies'Choir

    I wasn't sure when I start reading the book wheher the letter / diary format would work. It does!!!!

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  • A lire!

    Tres interessant. on se prend dans la vie de ses femmes, on s'y croirait :)

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