What Am I Reading? The Chilbury Ladies Choir

I’m listening to an excellent audio version of a historical novel: The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan. The story is set in a small village in Britain in the early years of World War II. Here’s the opening paragraph:

Mrs. Tilling’s Journal

Tuesday, 26th March, 1940

First funeral of the war, and our little village choir simply couldn’t sing in tune. “Holy, holy, holy” limped out as if we were a crump of warbling sparrows. But it wasn’t because of the young scoundrel Edmund Winthrop torpedoed in his submarine, or even the Vicar’s abysmal conducting. No, it was because this was the final performance of the Chilbury Choir. Our swan song.

“I don’t see why we have to be closed down,” Mrs. B. snapped afterward as we congregated in the foggy graveyard. “It’ not as if we’re a threat to national security.”


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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11 Responses to What Am I Reading? The Chilbury Ladies Choir

  1. Oh yes – I really want to read this book, it sounds delightful and I love that opening. Poor sparrow singers!

  2. Oh, now I want to know why they’re closing down the choir!

    I love the era. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. This one is most definitely on my wish list! I hope it’s wonderful and that you enjoy it!

  4. Kay says:

    Oh yes, I’m definitely going to read this one. Have heard such good things and I believe it’s told in diary entries and things like that. This one is on my list to read soon-ish. Nice pick, Margot!

  5. Diane says:

    I like the cover and am curious from the intro. Hope you are enjoying this one.

  6. Beth F says:

    Oh I’ve been wanting to read this! Glad to learn the audiobook is excellent.

  7. I think I’d like this!

  8. Emma says:

    I’m cross on their behalf. I want them to get to keep singing.

  9. Enjoy, enjoy!! This one’s on my to-read list. A friend gave me her copy.

  10. I loved the cover. The intro is interesting as well. Hope you are enjoying it.

  11. I would definitely keep reading. Enjoy!

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