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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel | Jennifer Ryan
"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!" As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead "carry on singing." Resurrecting themselves as "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir," the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives. Told through letters and journals, THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit-- a timid widow worried over her son at the front; the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist; her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn't understand; a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past-- we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir's collective voice reverberates in her individual life. In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the homefront, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict.
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Lynnsoprano
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Congratulations @Megabooks on your excellent milestone and giveaway. I have tagged my favorite summer read, which was so good. #etsy25

Megabooks Thanks!! Good luck! 🍀 1w
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#cloudlibrary

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Lynnsoprano
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I flat out loved this book! Although set in wartime, with bombings, a wrathful father, a scheming midwife, the death of one of my favorite characters, and other mayhem, it is overall a gentle story of seeing the positives in life and making new beginnings. It also includes some of the best quotes about music I‘ve ever read. 5⭐️

Crazeedi It was a great story!! 3w
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Lynnsoprano
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1. Tagged. About 2/3 through, and I am loving this!
2. Lynnie. I hated it.
3. Give me some cheese and I‘m happy 😃
4. I‘m leading the service at our church on Sunday, since it‘s a music-focused service, so I‘m totally consumed with getting everything ready for that.
5. I used to know it in Czech, but I don‘t remember. Oh, well, I‘m definitely up for a trip to Prague!
#friyayintro

CaitZ I had 4 years of Czech in high school and I can't remember it either. I can still count, but the days of the week are long fogotten. 3w
Lynnsoprano @CaitZ We lived in Prague for almost six months when my husband was on sabbatical at the agricultural research institute there. But it‘s 25 years ago, and I‘ve forgotten so much. Although I can still order a white wine and ask where the bathroom is😂 3w
CaitZ Those are two important things to remember! 3w
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Lynnsoprano
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Lots of reading time this morning. Hubby is starting physical therapy for an elbow problem, and I came along. Reading in the waiting room, then we‘ll get to the farmers market on our way home. Tea enjoying this book.

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Lynnsoprano
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I picked this up when it was a Kindle deal a few days ago. As if I wouldn‘t want to read a book that involves a choir 😂 So this is #nextup

Foragingfantasy It‘s wonderful!! 4w
Aprilflower Enjoyed this book! 4w
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Texreader
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I ❤️ this book (especially the audio). If you were waiting for a good deal on it today‘s the day to get the ebook.

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Dragon
Chilbury Ladies' Choir | Jennifer Ryan
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The book sale was awesome! I lined up two hours before opening. We got in on the first wave ! It was crowded and hot but fabulous ! I took a lunch break at The White Spot and then back for more. Some of my haul 💕👍🐉

Melissa_J Nice! 3mo
Crazeedi Awesome!!! 3mo
Dragon Thanks @Melissa_J @Crazeedi it was such fun! I bought a carry on size suitcase to help transport my haul. 😀🐉 3mo
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Crazeedi @Dragon I'm jealous!!😉 3mo
TaciturnWhenReading Looks amazing! 3mo
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Reagan-reads Taking a lunch break is book sale goals! Glad you enjoyed your day! 3mo
Dragon Thanks @Crazeedi 👍😀🐉 3mo
Dragon Thanks @LeahBergen it was so awesome 😎🐉🐉 3mo
Dragon Thanks @Reagan-reads I was starting to tire so a lunch break and walk around town helped me get my energy up for round two 😀🐉👍 3mo
Dragon Thanks @TaciturnWhenReading it is the best book sale of the year. I book my holidays around it. I took Friday off for prepping for the sale then I‘ve got more time off for reading 📖😀🐉 3mo
TaciturnWhenReading @Dragon Perfect! We have a big library book sale near me in September and I do the exact same. Take a day off so I can be there when it opens, and usually go back each day! 🤣 One of my favorite weekends of the year! 3mo
DebinHawaii Great haul! 📚📚📚📚📚🎉 3mo
Dragon Sounds fun @TaciturnWhenReading September is a good month for the sale as the weather is generally good. I‘m enjoying reading the Tessa Dare book I bought today. 🤗🐉 3mo
Dragon Thanks @DebinHawaii I‘ve already started reading one of my new books. Happy dance 💃 3mo
TaciturnWhenReading @Dragon Ooh! I loved that one so much. Tessa Dare is a favorite. Enjoy! 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Sooo many delicious books...👊 3mo
Dragon Thanks @TaciturnWhenReading I love the humour and the romance 💕 in Tessa Dare‘s books. 😀🐉 3mo
Dragon Thanks @covertocover looking forward to hours of lovely stories 💕😀 3mo
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Aims42
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I loved this book! Would definitely recommend to all fans of WWII historical fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

Crazeedi Great book 5mo
Aims42 The growth of all the characters made my heart sing 🥰 (lol, didn‘t intend for that wordplay, but I‘m going with it) 5mo
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Aims42
Chilbury Ladies' Choir | Jennifer Ryan
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Starting my next read today... No more snow on the ground, but that sunshine is deceiving. Still only 40‘s outside 😩 Someday I‘ll be able to comfortably read outside - C‘mon warmer weather, hurry up!!

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TaciturnWhenReading
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YAY! #bookmail 🎉

Catsquin I see the white roses. Is President Snow there?!?!?! 4mo
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JenlovesJT47
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At first, I didn‘t think I was going to like this very much after reading the first few chapters, but I ended up getting totally sucked in! I love books set in epistolary form. This story is about the early days of WWII in the village of Chilbury, where the women have to come together, dealing with the ups and downs of life during war. 5⭐️ Highly recommended!

#historicalfiction
#WWII

P.S. Recommendations for similar books? Pretty please? 😬

paigecon Have you read The Nightingale or The Alice Network? 6mo
JenlovesJT47 @paigecon I love The Nightingale! I received The Alice Network in a swap and I‘m hoping it‘s in one of the boxes in the house instead of storage (I moved a few months ago!). Been wanting to read it for ages. ❤️ 6mo
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JenlovesJT47 @rubyslippersreads yes!! One of my favorite books and I loved the Netflix movie! 🤗❤️ 6mo
mhillis I haven‘t read it but maybe 6mo
JenlovesJT47 @mhillis oooh that looks good! Thanks, added it to my TBR! 🤗 6mo
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This is my fave audiobook so when I saw this GORGEOUS hardback at HPB for $8 I had to have it. Isn‘t it beautiful? The illustration wraps around the back as well.

tpixie Lovely! Stacked audiobooks! 6mo
BookishMarginalia That‘s beautiful! 6mo
C.Perone 😍 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Read for #bookclub IRL-- the meeting is Monday. I was pleasantly surprised by this WWII historical fiction. Normally the tone for these types of novels are so depressing (rightfully so!) that I can barely stand it! But this one takes a different approach; I found it to have a light, humorous tone, and at times almost gossipy. Of course, sad things do happen.
I was totally charmed by the little English village of Chilbury and it's inhabitants. ♥️

Crazeedi I totally enjoyed this story 6mo
LiteraryinLititz I agree! I was pleasantly surprised because I often don‘t like this genre. 6mo
Aims42 I‘m happy to hear you enjoyed this, I have it on my TBR shelf ☺️ 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @aims42 hope you enjoy it as well! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @Crazeedi @LiteraryinLititz glad you all enjoyed it as well! 😊 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Seriously into this WWII gossipy drama...I'm pleasantly surprised that it's not as depressing as many written about this period in time. There are some sad bits and pieces but the tone is much more light and humorous than many war novels I have read. And for that I'm thankful! It's for IRL #bookclub
The boys are playing and I'm reading on my day off for Presidents Day.

Lynnsoprano This has been on my TBR for quite a while. I definitely need to move it up the list. 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I have so many books going right now, but no worries, they're all so different I'll have no trouble keeping them straight! This is the current #bookclub read at the library, seen here with a latte and chocolate peanut butter cupcake (no sugar!). ☕️

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Savedbygrace
Chilbury Ladies' Choir | Jennifer Ryan
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Other than a few inappropriate areas (I do have quite a strict reading standard, though ☺) this book was wonderfully enthralling! Jennifer Ryan explores the lives of the individuals of Chilbury and the readers discover how events can completely change people's lives, how love can have affect in the strangest ways, and, most of all, how we can endure hardships through our relationships with each other.
4⭐

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LiteraryinLititz
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I finished this today, and it‘s only my 3rd book in 2019 as I‘ve been distracted with wedding planning. I don‘t always enjoy epistolary novels or ones set in war-time, but I really connected with this one! @BennettBookworm recommended it to me years ago and I‘m glad I finally read it! Some very vividly drawn female characters (loved Mrs. Tilling and Kitty especially!) who discover their own strength and sisterhood as WW2 draws closer to home.

Kaye Really good book ! 7mo
BennettBookworm So glad you liked it!!! 7mo
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Savedbygrace
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Finally sitting down to read after what feels like a long day with my Mom in our sun-room (in her cast) resting her foot. Caught her in the kitchen this afternoon when I got home attempting to wash dishes while in a wheelchair. 😰

CouronneDhiver Aw, moms are the greatest. 7mo
Savedbygrace @CouronneDhiver she's not supposed to be moving, but I can't keep her still 😌 7mo
Savedbygrace @CouronneDhiver Yes, they are! ❤😉 7mo
Crazeedi Get well soon mama and don't be bad! Listen to your daughter and doctor! 7mo
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"How strange that love and death suddenly become so tightly knit in a time of war."
-The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

Crazeedi Great book 7mo
Savedbygrace @Crazeedi I am certainly enjoying it so far. ☺ 7mo
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Savedbygrace
Chilbury Ladies' Choir | Jennifer Ryan
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🌹 Books..no question there!
🌹 Coffee
🌹 Tea

Princess-Kingofkings Absolutely the same choices! If chapstick was an option I'd exchange my coffee for it, but it would be a tough decision, lol. 7mo
Savedbygrace @Princess-Kingofkings , lol! Chocolate came close to replacing coffee, but...😆 7mo
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Savedbygrace
Chilbury Ladies' Choir | Jennifer Ryan
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1. North Carolina
2. G. A. Henty
3. Oh dear...who knows??? Lol!
4. My bed or my desk
5. Twice Freed by Patricia St. John
#littenintro @tessavi

Princess-Kingofkings 1. Michigan 2. Jane Kirkpatrick 3. One at a time, please! 4. the passenger seat of the car or bed 5. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald 8mo
tessavi Thank you both for posting 😊 8mo
Savedbygrace @Princess-Kingofkings , you're up there with all the cold weather! 😬 We're literally wearing short sleeves today here in the south, lol! 8mo
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Savedbygrace
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Needed my library fix before the day was up!

CoffeeNBooks I have this book on my bookshelf, I just haven't read it yet! 📚 8mo
Crazeedi Chilbury is a great book! 8mo
Savedbygrace @Crazeedi Yay!! Starting it now. 😊 8mo
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Eggs
Chilbury Ladies' Choir | Jennifer Ryan
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Saturday Read: 1940, Chilbury and Litchfield begin to suffer air attacks by German forces...author Ryan communicates the urgency and unpredictability of wartime in a small community

Texreader This is a great book!!! 8mo
Loric Loved this. Audio was really good with bits of choir music... 8mo
Redwritinghood Loved this one! 8mo
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LaurenReads
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I really liked this book. Sad, sweet and well done. #historicalfiction

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I love audiobooks with different narrators voicing the different characters. This one is fantastic so far!

Kimzey Thanks, for the recommendation. This is now on my Audible wish list! 8mo
TheSpineView I agree wholeheartedly! If different narrators are not an option at least one that can do different voices.❤ 8mo
Crazeedi Great book! 8mo
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sdbruening
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This was enjoyable and devastating yet heartwarming. It wasn‘t so much about the choir itself but its representation of the bigger picture of women taking center stage as the men are all gone to war (WWII).

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Don't you find a great story melts away stress.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Delightful WWII historical fiction in a small English town. I found it a bit superficial, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

BookNAround What a fun cover on your copy. 9mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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My Saturday morning. For about 20 minutes anyway, until the house wakes up.

LeahBergen This one sounds good. 👍🏻 10mo
BooknerdsLife That mug is too cute!!!! 😻😻 10mo
LeeRHarry I really liked this one 😊 10mo
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Readerann
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Ok, a few implausible plot lines, but the great characters make up for it.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Is it just me or does your shadow look like Darth Vader impaled by a giant tree....admittedly I‘m reading Star Wars right now so it‘s probably just me 🤪😂. I hope your book gets better. 10mo
Readerann @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ha Ha! Apparently, photographic composition is not one of my strong suits. I can see now that shadow is pretty overwhelming! 😁 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Readerann Please don‘t second guess yourself, it‘s a beautiful view... and it was just me, because literally no one else saw it but me. hahaha. That‘s what I get for trying to finish up my Star Wars book this weekend, Star Wars on the brain. Sometimes our brains work in mysterious ways when they interpret random shapes. 10mo
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Loric
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Another view of WWII, this story focuses on the women of Chilbury England and how they coped with the effects of the war and its effects on their community. This story unfolds through a series of letters, diary/journal entries and community notices. I listened to this book and the narration was lovely and riddled with beautiful choir music. This story managed to be charming, warm and witty despite a very sad topic.

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behudd
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Really enjoyed this novel told only through diary entries & letters. It gives an interesting look at the lives of women in a small English village during WWII.

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behudd
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Favorite quote so far: “Does Hitler have any idea of the force and determination of thirteen impassioned women?”

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Verity
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Bailedbailed

And another one. I found an abandoned bookmark in this one (I wondered where it had gone!) so I clearly already gave up on this one once already. I did give it another 25 pages, then I skipped to the end...

HKGirl What about it made you bail? 1y
Verity @HKGirl I think it just felt like too many other books about villages in ww2. It wasn‘t that it was bad - more than I‘m all read out on what it was doing, if that makes sense. 1y
HKGirl @Verity Yes, makes sense! Good to know since it's been on my TBR 😊 1y
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Verity @HKGirl don‘t let me put you off: I‘ve done so many ww2 (and ww1)-set books the last few years that my tolerance is low atm... 1y
AlaMich The first line of your post made me think of the lyrics of Another One Bites the Dust 😊 (please tell me you know the song, otherwise I will feel so 👵🏻) 1y
Verity @AlaMich oh I do. I had a mad Queen phase in the early 00s... 1y
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heidisreads
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I‘m finishing this book today and I‘m kind of sad. These characters have become friends.

EvieBee I both and love and hate that part of finishing a good book. 1y
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Dragon
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My favourite book sale is on this weekend. I have today to work on my wish list. Most are definitely #blameitonLitsy.

tpixie Lovely photo!!! 1y
tpixie Fun list! 1y
Dragon Thanks @tpixie the garden was so beautiful last Friday. Of course this Friday it‘s list day. Any books I should add? 😀🐉 1y
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tpixie @Dragon our irises haven‘t come up yet. Our season is 3-4 weeks behind. There finally have been some tulips around town! Lol. It looks as if you‘ve got a good enough list, and I bet you‘ll find some unexpected surprises there too! 1y
tpixie Also- I thought Litsy was to be down now! They either didn‘t go down, or they‘ve done a great job duplicating the app! ( redundancy) 1y
Dragon Thanks @tpixie we‘ve had some good weather so the Gardens are bursting with flowers. Even the lilacs are blooming. One of my favourite things about book sales are the surprise finds 🐉 1y
Dragon Not sure what happened with the planned down ? Seems to be working as usual? 🤷‍♀️ @tpixie an excellent start to the day. (edited) 1y
tpixie 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1y
rather_be_reading wow gorgeous pic 1y
Dragon Thanks @rather_be_reading the garden was at its prime. The flowers were so lovely. 💚🐉 1y
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so much yes

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“How a bunch of women can honestly believe that a cake sale and some raggedy sewing can win a war, I have no idea.”

Don‘t hold back Miss Paltry. Tell us how you really feel! This character!

#wwii #England

Kaye Love this book 1y
Lynnsoprano I‘ve had this stacked, and I really, really want to read it soon. 1y
megnews @Kaye @Lynnsoprano It was a bit of a slow start for me but it‘s taking off. I don‘t love it as much as Guernsey but it is good. 1y
Kaye I listened to the audio and there were 5 or 6 people in it , so it was really good. I know the author is writing the next book that follows this story, and I think it was bought by someone who was in the production side of Downton, so it sounds like it‘ll possibly be a tv series at some point too 1y
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I finished this at work tonight and have to give it a so-so rating. I chose it for the WWII Homefront setting and the epistolary style; both are in my wheelhouse. However, the letters and journal entries weren‘t really believable. The one story line that did grab my attention fizzled. Not terrible, but not memorable. 2/5⭐️
(Back drop is recycled painting left behind by a discharged patient. I thought the colors looked nice with the cover)

DivineDiana The painting is a lovely background! 1y
Wife @DivineDiana I thought so too! There are a couple other paintings left behind that I may utilize since I like the way this picture turned out. 🌹 1y
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lesmel
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If all war novels could be this good, I would read more of them! A multi-voiced, multi-faceted story about one British village at the beginning of WWII. I'm impressed by how well Ryan was able to weave all the parts into one tight whole. #2018 #bookclub #noveldiscussions

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Mdargusch
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This epistolary novel takes place in an English village during WWII and since most of the men have gone off to fight, the #singleladies form a women‘s choir. The story is told through multiple perspectives, with the choir being the tie that binds them all together. It is in the same vein as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. #aprella

Cinfhen I have both books, one is thanks the lovely @LeeRHarry 🧡your blurb makes my want to bump them both up!!! #ReadingGoals 📚😀 1y
Pamwurtzler Beautiful picture- I love the pottery! 1y
emilyhaldi Perfect choice!! 👍🏻 1y
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Mdargusch They are both such nice stories if you need something lighter. I would go with this one first. 1y
DivineDiana Lovely photograph! 💗 1y
MuddyPuddle Love epistolary novels! Thanks for the tip. 1y
Reviewsbylola I like epistolary novels but I really wasn‘t impressed with Guernsey. 1y
Mdargusch Try this one then @Reviewsbylola 👍🏼 1y
Mdargusch Thanks @DivineDiana 👍🏼 1y
Mdargusch I think it‘s a good one @MuddyPuddle 1y
LeahBergen I want to read this one. 👍🏻 1y
Blaire I‘ve heard good things about this one. 1y
BookNAround I really enjoyed this one a lot. 1y
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Cosyreader
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Congratulations on the 50k milestone and thank you for the #giveaway! Also great hair!

#tbrforthewin

readinginthedark Thanks! Great choices! 1y
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LisaJo
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The story of war from those who do not go to the front lines. This book handled some tough issues but, never got real serious or heavy handed. It was in epistolary form. The use of diaries & letters. My one issue with it being written like this is the fact that many of the letters and diary entries contained, for lack of a better word, dialogue. Dialogue as if you were writing a novel. Perhaps that is too picky.

WanderingBookaneer ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
MinDea Great review! 1y
Booknerd2 💜💜💜. One of my favorite books ever. 1y
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LisaJo
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Part of this book deals with war and the consequences of war.

Texreader Wonderful book. One of my fave reads of 2017. 1y
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umbrellagirl
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I‘m about a third of the way through this one. I‘m really shipping Mrs Tilling and the Colonel. Please don‘t let me down.

SilversReviews What does “shipping” mean in this sentence? :) 1y
BibliophileMomma Just wanted to let you know a replacement blanket and Bookswap package shall be heading your way soon. I‘m so sorry that your original one didn‘t arrive. 1y
umbrellagirl @Tiffy_Reads Thank you so much! 💙 1y
umbrellagirl @SilversReviews It means that I want them to get together. And they did 🙂 1y
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BookishTrish
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Good morning #Littens! #audiobus

batsy Beautiful! 1y
Suet624 Lovely!!! 1y
Lindy Good morning! 1y
Bibliogeekery Gorgeous! 1y
ephemeralwaltz Lovely! Good morning! 1y
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Librarybelle
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A recent book I‘ve read that is in epistolary form. #letters #150PnPCoverParty

CrowCAH The cover art is beautiful! 2y
LeahBergen I think I would like this one! 👍🏻 2y
Librarybelle @LeahBergen I did! It started out slow, but then something happens in the village, and it becomes very engrossing. 2y
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