Review: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

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A beautiful rendition about the women of war.

The story follows a select group of women in the small community of Chilbury during the early part of World War II. The women are very different from one another, but have been thrust together by a war that has stolen the men, taking them away from their homes. Instead of continuing on with their womanly roles, the women of Chilbury become women of war.

cover94203-medium.pngThe Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is so much more than a
novel about war, it is a story about coming together and overcoming differences to create something positive. War is merely a backdrop for the more important message that the novel aims to impart.

Ryan is an exquisite writer. She seamlessly stitches together the stories of the women of Chilbury. She uses an intriguing structure for her writing, which is both pleasant and unique.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a beautifully written tale that holds within it a deep wisdom, which is both elegant and veracious.


Disclaimer: I received a copy from Blogging for Books for this review. It is my honest and unbiased opinion.

4 thoughts on “Review: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

  1. Mary Daniels Brown says:

    “She uses an intriguing structure”

    Hi, Lauren. Narrative structure is one of the aspects of fiction that I’m working on right now. Could you explain what you mean here without giving too much away about the book? Thanks.

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    • Lauren says:

      Ryan uses journalling, letter writing, newspaper excerpts, and even signage to tell her story. Each character has their own form of storytelling, i.e. Mrs Tilling uses a journal, Venetia writes letters, etc. I found the journal entries and letters quite interesting in the way they were written. They don’t read as passive journals or letters, instead they read as action sequences. For example, there were scenes in the letters that were dialogue and sections that read as being more “now” than recount. It was an impressive novel that was well executed.

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