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. She daydreams about the lecherous conductor, Tristan, but barely acknowledges the handsome bass, Steve. In the run-up to the choir's Christmas performance of 'Belshazzar's Feast' will Lucy get the right man?
Despite the fact that she's incredibly naïve, you can't help rooting for Lucy to find her happy ending. Lucy and her supporting cast of characters are described with warmth and humour. The author's eye for detail means that with a few well-chosen words she helps you picture each of them. One of my favourites is Lucy's wonderfully bossy older sister, Caroline who is wife to long-suffering Jeremy and mother of twins, and who I'm sure I must have met in real life.
This is a delightful, light and playful read that zips along at a great pace. The scenes at rehearsals and in school are amusing, although I think these could have been developed a little further. The sheer chaos of life with a young family is perfectly presented in one stand-out Sunday lunch scene at the start of the book - the noise, the mess, the confusion, the teasing and the love.
Whether you are a member of a choir or not, there is fun to be had with Lucy and the members of the Springfield Choral Society.