Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Choir on Hope Street – by Annie Lyons

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

The best things in life happen when you least expect them

Nat’s husband has just said the five words no one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you anymore’.

Picture-perfect Caroline has to welcome her estranged mother into her house after she was forced out of an exclusive nursing home.

Living on the same street these two women couldn’t be more different. Until the local community centre is threatened, galvanising Caroline and the people of Hope Street into action. But when the only way to save the centre is to form a community choir – no one, least of all Nat, expects the results…

This spring, hope is coming!

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher On NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I got so excited when I saw the title and the cover of this book. I sing in a choir myself and I just love it. Reading about one of my passions in a book is just fab.

The story follows Natalie, who sees her life crashing down around her at the beginning of the book. Her husband leaves her and she is alone with their son Woody. Then we have perfect Caroline, she couldn’t be more different to Nat. However, she actually has a difficult relationship with her mother and has to deal with her dementia.

The two women have a wrong picture of the other and it’s only when they spend more time together that they get to know each other. A friendship slowly builds up and both women are also trying to find themselves and move on in life. I really liked how their friendship developed and Annie Lyons’ described it beautifully.

The characters were well drawn and it was a real pleasure to follow them around. The were real and authentic and that’s very important for me in a book.

I really liked the scenes at choir with all the musical elements, like a warm up, the songs  and other things. I felt like being at home, it gave me a warm and cosy feeling all throughout the book. I was hooked from the first page onwards. Annie Lyons’ writing is uplifting, heart warming, sweet, happy, emotional and much more. It covers happiness, sadness, friendship, the passion for a hobby like singing and all these elements created a wonderful atmosphere.


My possible cast: 

Caroline and Natalie

Annie Lyons on Twitter: @1AnnieLyons

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