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review 2017-04-27 00:46
THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel - Jennifer Ryan

THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR

Jennifer Ryan

Hardcover, 371 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Crown Publishing Group
ISBN:  1101906758 (ISBN13: 9781101906750) 
also on Kindle and Audio CD
 

Jennifer Ryan provided an interesting way to look at the town, Chilbury, during World War 2 in this novel. A small town setting, near Dover, England, mainly women, older men, and children remain due to the number of eligible men going into military. Ryan provides each of the main characters a voice either through letters or a diary entry. Each of the town's members have a story-from dealing with war torn England, secrets that townspeople have, loss of family members, and more. The local women start up a choir and find they are quite good. This tactic helps the author show multiple sides of the characters throughout the story; and the letter/diary approach allows the reader to see how the town setting is part of the story.

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review 2015-03-28 21:28
Shadows Over Paradise by Isabel Wolff
Shadows Over Paradise - Isabel Wolff
Shadows Over Paradise (originally title Ghostwritten)
Isabel Wolff
Paperback, 384 pages
Pustory. But I found I liked Shadows Over Paradise better. Isabel Wolff's writing flowed better in regards with following the plot and the characters were more likable from the beginning of the novel. blished February 10th 2015 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN
0345533186 (ISBN13: 9780345533180)
 
I found myself liking Shadows Over Paradise with each chapter I read. Recently having read The Thirteenth Tale  by Diane Setterfield, I wasn't sure if reading about another "ghostwriter writing about someone with a past" story. But I found I liked Shadows Over Paradise better. Isabel Wolff's writing flowed better in regards with following the plot and the characters were more likable from the beginning of the novel.

 

 

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review 2014-11-18 22:16
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel - Cassandra Jean,Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Story by Ransom Riggs, Art by  Cassandra Jean

Hardcover, 272 pages

Published October 29th 2013 by Yen Press

ISBN13: 9780316245289

 

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an excellent read. The story combines a man from Poland who as a child was sent to a Welsh Island during WWII to attempt to escape the horrors of war, his grandson who thought the grandfather's stories were fairy tales and a fantasy/andventure tale of when the grandson returns to that Welsh Island that his grandfather lived temporarily on.
This is a graphic novel, which I do not normally read, but I found Cassandra Green's illustrations blended excellently with Ransom Riggs's narrative.
I would definitely recommend it to both teens and adults, especially if graphic novels are something they find interesting.

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