Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4 stars
I don't know about you but there's something about the holidays that makes me want to read cozy feel-good books. Maybe it's to combat the dreary weather, holiday stress, or because Hallmark Channel Christmas movies put me in the mood. If this is something that also appeals to you then I humbly submit The Chilbury Ladies' Choir for your consideration.
The story is told in epistolary form through the eyes of 4 women detailing their perspectives of events that occurred in their English Village between March and September of 1940. It begins with the dissolution of the village choir by the vicar due to the lack of men left in town. It continues with their efforts to persevere both as a choir and as a community despite the war. There are tragic circumstances in the book, but overall, it is a charming, funny, and heartwarming story of a village. You can't help but root for the most seemingly unlikable of characters. This is just the book if you enjoy Maeve Binchy novels, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, or just need to lose yourself in a small village decades and thousands of miles away.