The girls and women of the Chilbury Ladies' Choir are well-drawn characters who know how to get things done. Most of them are heroes by any standard, and the rest are shouldering their war responsibilities with steadfast determination and grace. Although the ladies are the stars of the village, there are also several strong, well-developed male characters who are very surprising, and not always in a positive way.
The setting takes place between March 26 and September 6, 1940. This is my only criticism of the book because I'm invested in these ladies' stories, and there are still a couple of questions left unanswered. There is a shocking scene in the book I wasn't expecting because a couple of the main characters are killed. That's why I'm wondering about the fates of the other characters especially since several are transferred to London. But I understand why Ryan chose September 6 for the last day of the setting: The Blitzkrieg began September 7, 1940.
Sophie, the young Jewish refugee, is one of my favorite members of the choir. She's traumatized because of what's she's witnessed firsthand in Europe, and her story and character are fascinating. The growth of all the women are inspiring during these short months especially the sisters Venetia and Kitty. If you enjoy World War II historical fiction, family drama, romance, intrigue, action, and unique characters, then you'll enjoy The Chilbury Ladies' Choir. I couldn't put it down!
Note: Ryan said that the diary of Nell Last helped her understand the war years. You may read more about her incredible diary HERE.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Until next time...