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Make a Joyful Noise: a musical romantic comedy

Make a Joyful Noise: a musical romantic comedy [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Worstall
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Description

'Make a Joyful Noise' is the sparkling tale of a choir preparing for a very special Christmas performance of "Belshazzar's Feast".

We meet a host of characters who are mercilessly sent up by the author: Lucy the staggeringly trusting young music teacher, Tristan the lecherous anti-hero, Miss Greymitt the ageing and slightly arthritic choir pianist, Steve the handsome and trustworthy bass, Claire the shameless and scheming temptress, and singers with nothing but resonance between their ears.

Just as all does not run smoothly for King Belshazzar or the inhabitants of Babylon in Walton's music, so the characters in the novel suffer from hopeless yearnings, romantic misunderstandings and the unfortunate consequences of their own misguided actions.

All is sharply and wittily observed in a delightful mix of romance, music and humour.

About the Author

Jenny Worstall spent her childhood years in Devon, Bath, Dorset and Naples. She is a musician and teacher and has sung in many choirs and choral societies, including the BBC Symphony Chorus, where she met her husband. Jenny now lives in London with her husband and two children

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Jenny Worstall; 1 edition (21 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AZ2CNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jenny is a musician, teacher and writer, and lives in London with her family.

She enjoys playing the piano and gossiping with her friends (which she calls research for her writing).

Try her work free by downloading her short story collection 'Lemon and Lace' from smashwords (permanently free).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read 18 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A sweet tale which cracked along at just the right pace. The characters were well drawn, vivid and amusing. A very enjoyable, easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I read this book just before Christmas so felt in sync with the characters as they prepared for a Christmas performance of Belshazzar's Feast. As a slightly jaded medic and mother, this was a happy read which transported me back to the days of that heady tortured infatuation we've all experienced. It is a tale full of true to life characters from the suave Tristan to the hussy Claire- yes, we all know one!
In addition it leaves you wanting to immediately head off to listen to Walton's Belshazzar's Feast.
What more could you want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Jenny Worstall chose such an enticing choral piece, "Belshazzar's Feast," to serve as the backdrop for this marvelous tale. MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE certainly does offer so many zesty tidbits for her readers to feast upon! The human foibles of her characters' touched me deeply; I commiserated with them as each coped with hopeless yearnings, romantic misunderstandings, or older age issues and the consequences that ultimately ensued from their own misguided actions.

Ms. Worstall was remarkable in the way that she scripted this insightful, witty story. Just as choir members who sing alto and bass provide the underlying quality that carries a choral performance forward, so, too, does the author's array of secondary characters add to the tale a rich flow that offers balance and harmony. Her characters are well-developed, tending to be captivating and quirky yet, at the same time, earnest and intricate in personality.

Throughout my read of MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE, I found myself gaining in admiration of Ms. Worstall. As a musician, teacher and former member of the BBC Symphony Chorus, she must have used the wisdom gained from her own experiences in order to so masterfully weave for us such a fascinating and delightful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and engaging tale 16 May 2012
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This book was a lovely easy read with the characters personalities and dynamics clearly shining through. The heroine while undoubtedly quite naive was still very likeable and I didn't want to put the book down until I knew she was OK. I liked the fact the book was set about an unusual, yet relatable, location. In life most of us have come across characters such as the anti-hero in this book, who as music conductor acts and though he is king of all he surveys. Without wishing to spoil the story for anyone I felt the twists and final outcome were cleverly constructed and I would recommend reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is the third book I have read by Jenny, the first two being short stories. I do believe this is Jenny's first full length novel and a very good novel it is too!

The story is about a preparation for a performance of William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast by the Springfield Choral Society who meet on a weekly basis to practise. The story is all based around predominantly the members of this Choral Society. This includes the highly popular Tristan Proudfoot (the conductor), who despite being a 47 year old tubby, hair thinning philanderer is fawned over by all the ladies including Ms Custard Cream Claire. Even the sweet, innocent, naive and beautiful music teacher Lucy Lavendar who is only in her early twenties and one of the main characters in this book develops an infatuation for him, unable to see what a leary letch he is. Then you have the georgeous, young and 6 ft tall school teacher Steve who is completely smitten with Lucy.

The best thing about this book I found was the characters, there are so many interesting ones and they all stand out and are highly memorable including apart from the four already mentioned, Lucy's sister Caroline who is obsessed by healthy eating and all things organic and often referred to as the 'food gestapo' by some of the other mums. There is Lucy's fun loving and man eating flatmate Julia. Also the Head of Music at the school that Lucy teaches at, Mary Goodshoe. Audrey - Lucy's ex ballet teacher and her husband the Major who enjoys watching old runs of Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds! Sarah, Caroline's friend who helps Lucy settle in town and generally keeps an eye out for her. Angela - Lucy's neighbour and Miss Greymitt, the confused pianist for the Choral Society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So enjoyable. 21 Dec 2013
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Excellent book, very well written.Such believable characters, good storyline, I couldn't put it down. Do hope there will be more from Jenny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Make a Joyful Noise 22 July 2013
By Cathy
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I read a couple of short stories by Jenny Worstall a few weeks ago which I enjoyed so I downloaded her romantic novel Make a Joyful Noise. Lucy is a newly qualified secondary school music teacher who is struggling with her classes; she is also struggling to establish her social life in a new town. She has been introduced to the local choral society and has fallen for Tristan, the choir conductor. Meanwhile fellow choir member and history teacher, Steve, has fallen for her. A typical love story triangle which is developed to a fairly predictable ending in a charming and highly readable manner. There's a wealth of supporting characters and some unexpected twists and turns as the plot moves forwards. The details about the choral society make the book unusual and add an extra dimension. An ideal holiday read whatever the weather and well worth a look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly excellent.
This is a fantastic read.
Once I started I just couldn't put it down.
Thoroughly recommended.
Jenny Worstall is a genius.
Published 10 months ago by Free Dom
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyful!
Singing in the local choir gives Lucy a welcome respite from the demands of her job as a newly qualified music teacher in an English secondary school. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wendy
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the worst written books I've ever read...
I really wanted to like this book as the author seems really nice, but sadly I found this to be one of the worst written books I've ever read.
Published 14 months ago by Old Mother Time
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful!
I bought this book for myself as a present from the Indielit catalogue and I'm so glad I did!
The blurb describes the book as 'a delightful mix of romance, music and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tribalchick
5.0 out of 5 stars English romance
Loved this very English tale around a choir, all mixed up with romance and teaching. Lots of lovely feel good moments. Well done Jenny!
Published 16 months ago by Roses are Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Music to my eyes.
This is a light romance. What makes it a little different is the music; the story is centred on a choir rehearsing for William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. I enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by SALLYKATE
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and engrossing - A joyful read!
An enchanting story of a choir preparing for their Christmas concert. As rehearsals progress, petty jealousies, friendships and even romances are sparked. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tinkertoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely summer holiday read
Just finished reading this , while on holiday, good summer read, not to complicated and easy to relate to as an ex teacher
Published 21 months ago by awizzbang
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