Jennifer Ryan books in order
Jennifer Ryan is a British bestselling author of Historical Fiction.
Born in Kent, and raised in the English countryside, it was her grandmother’s never-ending tales of her time in the Second World War that inspired Jennifer to write her first novel, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir (2017).
The mother of two lives in Washington, DC with her daughters.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Thriller
- The Chilbury Ladies' Choir (2017)
- The Spies of Shilling Lane (2019)
Detailed book overview
As England becomes entangled in World War II, with the men taken to battle, the women of Chilbury village form an unusual bond.
Going against the decree of the Vicar to close the choir, they decide to “carry on singing,” rejuvenating themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.
Through them, we come to know of five unforgettable choir members: a frightened widow shattered when her only son goes to war; the older daughter of a local scion attracted to a strange artist; her younger sister grieving over a crush that will never be; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia with a big family secret; and a conspiring midwife determined to run away from her dark past.
Mrs. Braithwaite, the self-proclaimed queen of her English village, finds herself detested and disregarded after her self-serving husband files for divorce.
A huge family secret then makes her flee to London where her daughter Betty works.
Upon her arrival, she is shocked to be informed by Betty’s landlord, that her daughter hasn’t been seen around in a while.
Dragging the hesitant Mr. Norris, the two embark on a mission to piece together Betty’s surprisingly messy life.
An old-fashioned woman all about reputation and social class, Mrs. Braithwaite will be forced to answer the question of what truly measures the success of a person’s life.