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⭐️
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!
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 💕👍🐉
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!
P.S. Recommendations for similar books? Pretty please? 😬
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. ♥️
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.
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.
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.
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. 😰
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
I love audiobooks with different narrators voicing the different characters. This one is fantastic so far!
Ok, a few implausible plot lines, but the great characters make up for it.
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.
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...
My favourite book sale is on this weekend. I have today to work on my wish list. Most are definitely #blameitonLitsy.
“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!
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)
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
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.
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.