- File Size: 1241 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008196079
- Publisher: HQ; 1 edition (April 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2017
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ESC8MEQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Choir on Hope Street: A gorgeously uplifting romantic comedy to make your heart sing! Kindle Edition
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Even though their children are friends, Caroline and Natalie do not seem to know one another. They meet when Caroline knocks Natalie over by accident outside the school gates. Natalie is thinking about her marriage and not paying attention. Caroline offers to drive Natalie home and they discover they both live on the same street. Shortly after this, Caroline asks/demands/persuades Natalie and her friend Doly to join her committee to save Hope Street Community Centre. When they decide to start a Community Choir to draw attention to the campaign, Guy enters the story. He is the music teacher at their children's school and he agrees to conduct the choir. There is something mysterious about him. He looks familiar to Caroline, yet he is very closed and does not want to discuss his past. The story evolves from there.
I do not want to say anymore about the plot at this point except to say that the story moves quickly and I wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. The author was able to tell the stories of the personal lives and problems the characters were dealing with in an entertaining way, yet not diminishing the emotional impact. Getting to know the characters has me changing my opinions of them throughout the story. I did not like Caroline at the beginning. She seemed very selfish and self-involved. She was rather snobbish and very unlikable. As the story went on, she changed dramatically and became one of my favourite characters. Natalie was likable from the beginning and I continued to feel badly for her, yet not always agree with her decisions. The secondary characters were quirky, kind, loyal and funny. This story focuses on that idea of loyalty and friendship. It also dealt with handling whatever life throws at you, persevering, listening to others and not being afraid to ask or accept help from your friends. The book reminded me that we all deal with different things in life and it is important to remember that and not become too self-involved. The idea of music helping to relax, soothe and assist in finding solutions was wonderful We all need more music in our lives.
I highly recommend reading this book and thank my Goodreads' friend who recommended it to me. As she said, The Choir on Hope Street isn't just about saving a hall, it's about the coming together of a community, it's about the personal journey each member has taken, it's about Family and Friendship, it's about having faith and strength even when you get knocked down. I couldn't have said it better myself. I would like to thank the author and pubisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book, it was a delight.
Oh this was fun, as Natalie went through a series of emotional moments from barely hanging on to the plot right over into her fun-loving, never quite allow things to get you down wonderful self, she was certainly the easiest to understand. Caroline is that mean girl who can’t abide deep emotion, preferring to compartmentalize her life, her interactions and her friendships are superficial at best, mean girl at worst. Caroline is DESPERATE to be needed, but only in positions where she feels there is some sort of control and admiration for her work. And, the Community Center, with the brilliant idea of starting a choir to compete for a prize that will not only help them to raise much needed funds BUT also get them publicity – she’s all in.
And the community comes together: people from all walks of life who were, at first, simple acquaintances become friends of the best sort: supportive, encouraging and helpful: whether for a quick sitter requirement or a shoulder and a hug. Never a dull moment as they sing, learn and discover, even as lives and trials go on. Most importantly, both Natalie and Caroline come to grow and change. Natalie starts to make changes and become more settled in her own life, with her husband at loose ends. And Caroline, from ignoring and shunting her mother off to a care home to discovering long-held family secrets and finding a new appreciation for her mother, her life and her newly found friends in the community, the story has one memorable moment after another.
Exactly what you’d want from a story about a community banding together, with characters that grow, change and develop in front of your eyes as the story unfolds. A wonderful escape into a story that will leave you smiling.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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