- File Size: 2664 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (May 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XCWMT1P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Annie has no attach, and I found this heart-breaking, although she seemed to like it this way. I agree with her, it is much less complicated when family doesn't mess up your plans. But families do a lot more than this, if you let it. People too, if you let them in.
I was surprised to warm to Annie very very fast despite our different views on life and its priorities. I could feel the scars on her heart from being alone, no matter how much she tried to convince herself she was better off this way. I know what it's like to put up a front and pretend it doesn't matter. The thing is, it does matter.
Liz Eeles never falls into clichés and Annie felt genuine and like an average young woman with her own history and struggles. This is true for every character. I really enjoyed meeting everyone in this little town. Sometimes, you don't know you need warmth and happiness until a book reminds you of how good it feels, and this is what Annie's Lovely Choir by the Sea does with a clever mix of different protagonists, a beautiful place, and an exquisite writing that transports you and reminds you to feel, and how to laugh! Annie's voice is one of the most amazing I've read and this book is just a big bubble of amazing lines!
There are no one-dimensional characters, no easy paths, no “everything is fine in the world” paragraphs that make me roll my eyes. This book is filled with what life has to offer, and boy does it have a lot to give! I loved every minute of this story. Me, the crime lover, detective, grisly murders details-seeker. I was surprised by the depth of the plot and the psychology behind the events, behind the motivations of each protagonist, behind the appearances. I was intrigued by the choir, who took its time to appear, and found it to be a truly perfect tool to build a story around, to bring a town to life with, to tackle the past and pay it tribute.
The story takes its time, but the pace doesn't feel slow. It reminded me of the landscape you see when you let you eyes wander off the window during a train trip. You are not aware of it, but things happen, things change, you happen, you change. It was wonderful to see Annie find answers, questions, a purpose, more questions!, and her true self. I loved Annie's path to find what she really wants and it resonated so much with me that it gave me shivers! Yes, family come with its fair share of... let's say weight and obligations, but families, whether blood or chosen, without painting it all rainbows and unicorns, are a rock you can crash on, a shoulder you can find whenever you need, a bunch of people to share the best things in life with. Sometimes we take it for granted, and sometimes we ignore its importance. Yes, it's complicated, but life is too. This book reminded me just how much I treasure my family and friends and those old and new photos on my fridge of happy faces and calendars with birthdays on it.
Friends also play a wonderful part here and I am so happy to see a young woman strike up relationships, discover everyone isn't looking down at the pavement, stressed, and only thinking about work, and that cute and gentlemen guys still exist. My cold heart was very happy to see Annie get out of her shell and into the world.
Nothing in the story was ever forced, it always felt so true and real I finished the book with a smile on my face. Annie's Little Choir by the Sea is so much more than a light read, it's a life lesson taught in the best of ways, with enough humor to make your cheeks hurt from grinning and laughing!
I received an ARC of this book.
Her most recent job has ended, her boyfriend cheated on her in a spectacular scene and her roommate would prefer someone else to share their flat. At this perfect time, Annie has received a letter inviting her to come for a visit to Cornwall and to meet a great-aunt she did not even know existed. Annie was told over and over that her Mother was kicked out and no one ever wanted to have anything to do with her or her baby, Annie. London has become too noisy, too dirty and too crowded and maybe a change would be just the thing.
After much soul searching, Annie decides to take the plunge and go to Salt Bay, Cornwall.
When she arrives, it is as though she has gone to another planet. The air is clean, the people are interesting and the sea is absolutely right there in front of her.
Aunt Alice is an elderly woman who welcomes Annie into her home and her life. Alice has some secrets she is not sharing with Annie but her kindness begins to make Annie feel at ease.
The villagers are absolutely wonderful. Everyone has a story. And everyone is an individual. Annie is welcomed by nearly the entire population. After she spends some time with the villagers, she begins to learn the history and she finds that her family has played a major part in that history.
Annie is a terrific heroine. She has kept herself separate in life, but she is beginning to see that may not be exactly what she wants for herself. Being part of the village seems to be casting a spell over her.
The secondary characters are a wonderful addition to the story. As the reader learns about the village and the villagers, it is obvious that even though there has been tragedy each of them is trying in their own way to overcome.
This is a feel good story. And it is a happy story. Even the events which are difficult, make us see that there is good right there. There is laughter. There is kindness. And generally there is a picture of people being good.
Ms Eeles has created a wonderful world. It made me want to move to that small village in Cornwall. It also made me read this book as quickly as I could.
I received this book from the author and the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are my own.
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