She harnesses the epistolary form to great effect, allowing each of her female protagonists to have their own voice, through their letters and diary entries.
It begins with a funeral and a notice pinned to Chilbury village hall noticeboard stating the village choir will close as ‘all our male voices have gone to war’.
It ends with an unexpected wedding and a choir of ladies who have banded together to support each other through love and loss, childbirth and a village bombing.
The descriptions of the togetherness of a choir are spot-on, but the only slightly jarring note is the volume of dialogue written in letters, without which much of the action would be difficult to convey.
Impressively researched and tender debut.