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The Beauty Chorus [Kindle Edition]

Kate Lord Brown
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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New Year's Eve, 1940: Evie Chase, the beautiful debutante daughter of an adoring ?RAF commander, gazes out at the sky as swing music drifts from the ballroom. With bombs falling nightly in London, she resolves that the coming year will bring more than just dances and tennis matches. She is determined to do her bit for the war effort.

2nd January, 1941: Evie curses her fashionable heels as they skid on the frozen ?ground of her local airfield. She is here to volunteer for 'The Beauty Chorus', the female pilots who fly much-needed planes to bases across the country. Soon, she is billeted in a tiny country cottage, sharing with an anxious young mother and a naive teenager.

Thrown together by war, these three very different women soon become friends, confidantes and fellow adventuresses. But as they take to the skies, they will also face hardship, prejudice and tragedy. Can their new-found bond survive their darkest hours?


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`A wonderful, escapist, nostalgic read.' --Red

`An authentic and moving novel.' --The Lady

`Take three girls, with one thing in common - flying. Add a war and a smattering of romantic interest, and you have the recipe for a great read. .. The Beauty Chorus is a story of love and adventure, of loss and pain, and heroism. I can already see the movie.' --Daily Mail

`The book soars as if it has a pair of Merlin engines strapped to its covers... a dramatic bird's eye view.' --Spectator

`Romance, glamour and adventure in the skies: an enthralling debut.'
--New Books

About the Author

Kate Lord Brown has worked as an art consultant, curating collections for palaces and embassies in Europe and the Middle East. She was a finalist in ITV's The People's Author competition in 2009. Visit her website at www.katelordbrown.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1158 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7BBO0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate grew up in a wild and beautiful part of Devon, and was first published while at school. After reading Philosophy at Durham and Art History at the Courtauld Institute, she worked as an art consultant, curating collections for palaces and embassies in Europe and the Middle East. Kate was a finalist in the ITV's The People's Author competition 2009. She lives in the Middle East with her family, and is working on her next novel.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure in the skies 12 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
A stunning book of love loss and romance etc, but really just an incredible true story that I cant believe I knew nothing about before reading this! Based on the ATA girls of World War II, incredible women who flew everything from Bomber planes and Spitfires from factories to airbases as part of the war effort. The girls in the book, Evie the fabulous one, Stella the concerned mother with a great tragic back story and my favourite, young Megan the welsh farmers daughter, come together to fly for the ATA and have to live together in a tiny cottage. They all come from all over, with interesting reasons for flying that make it something you can really imagine, like Evie who's desperate for adventure and Stella who just wants to escape and build up her confidence. This book captures an incredible time and place so well, whilst still being a really nice easy read about characters you can get to grips with. There are scenes of action that highlight the incredibly dangerous job they did (they weren't allowed to fly with weaponry or navigation!) and then wonderful humour and exciting romance and friendships. It gave me everything a good book should.

I'm partly writing this review on behalf of my Grandma, who loved this book as much as I did. I think that shows the true broad appeal of this book, my Grandma loved the setting whereas I felt really touched that girls like me in their early twenties were so brave and strong to fly these great planes in dangerous conditions.

Thrilling, heart warming and fascinating true stuff - a great gift for a female relative.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Romance versus authenticity 6 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this a bit of a book of two halves. It started in an interesting way but part way through it became more of a conventional love story. Lots of research went into this novel and it does honour the women and men of the ATA. I liked the unusual voice of a "ghost" character in the early chapters. The book might have been more interesting if this theme had continued throughout. For me, most of the characters did not behave in a believable way and were there just to serve the plot. When challenged about their flying ability or the honour of their ladies, men tend to say through clenched teeth "Why, you...." before landing a punch. For people engaged in war work demanding great personal discipline, this did not ring true to me. Rationing is mentioned here and there but no one seems at all affected by it; cakes appear, private swimming pools are kept heated at all times, drink flows. One of the less pleasant characters makes a fuss about a restaurant bill but meals were restricted to five shillings in the war so this did not ring true either. I found it quite irritating and the ending was rushed and melodramatic.
Ultimately, this is a wet weekend/beach read love story and if you like slightly improbable romances with a nod at authentic period background you will like this book. If you want to find out more about the ATA Girls, read Debs at War by Anne de Courcy or Spreading my Wings by Diana Barnato Walker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for men and women 27 Jun. 2011
Format:Hardcover
Really enjoyed reading this novel, it captures the past beautifully and tells a story I genuinely didn't know. The research slips seamlessly into the story, and you forget that the author must have done a heck of a lot to get the setting right. But she manages to do just that, and small details of everyday life back in 1940 make this a must for anyone who loves reading about the past. But the main characters are women who could easily be in a modern day novel, all rewriting rules and actually living life on their terms. The story is sometimes triumphant and sometimes heartbreaking, while also containing the elements of romance and action that will appeal to both women and men. The flight set pieces are thrilling, and the sense of danger is always present. Above all, the sense of real people striving to live in a very difficult time comes through. Their heroism and sacrifice is something we can all aspire too. Extremely accomplished debut, and I look forward to the author's next work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty Chorus 9 July 2011
By Kew
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Historical novel following the experiences of three women pilots who join the ATA ferrying planes between bases. I was shocked to learn that the planes carried no radio or weapons, making them sitting targets for enemy planes. A good story with some romance and adventure thrown in. The way that the story ends makes me wonder if a sequel is planned. An enjoyable read. The only thing that I found difficult to accept was the descriptions of steak and kidney pie, or beouf bourguignon that the characters were able to tuck into. I didn't think that people could eat such tasty food with food rationing in place. I still look forward to reading some more from this author.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read of romance and friendship 15 May 2011
By Geeta
Format:Hardcover
The Beauty Chorus is a work of fiction which is based on fact. It sings the unsung praise of the ATA girls, a group of women who during World War Two came from across the world and offered their services for the war effort. They came from all strata of the society from debutante to village girl. The Beauty Chorus looks at the life of three such women, Evie, a debutante used to diamonds and furs, Stella, a young mother and Megan, unworldly and eager to learn.

Their normal lives flow almost light-heartedly against the dark background of war as the girls ferry planes all over the country without a thought for their own safety, putting their lives on the line each time they flew. It shows the quiet courage of the ATA girls who, on one hand, were professionals in charge of valuable airplanes and on the other, young women who tried to have a semblance of life in their off-duty periods.

Kate Lord Brown portrays the girls with sensitivity and warmth. It is a book that one should read to understand the shaping of these untried girls into skilled pilots and to delight in the details of their everyday life. A great read of romance and friendship.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This is a great book to read. It captures the heroism off all the data pilots who risked their lives so we should live freely.
Published 2 months ago by Bevvy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good read easy to pick up and get back into the story
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn J. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read, but spoilt by the last chapter
Published 4 months ago by ruby-ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 4 months ago by Ann Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book.
A great insight to the brave women pilots of WW2. A good fictional story woven round them. Hard to put down.
Published 4 months ago by P. Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Before reading this book I didn't know anything about the women ATA pilots of world war 2. Wow, they were brave. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beth's Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 5 months ago by Paul Timms
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book, I was a child in those years and had never heard of this group of very brave women, a thoroughly good read
Published 6 months ago by Jula B
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Easy reading and some real history.
Published 6 months ago by mac
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book and good holiday reading
An enjoyable book and good holiday reading. However I fully agree with previous comments regarding the lack of any reference to rationing and food shortages. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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