The Choral Society Hardcover – 5 Feb 2009
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Prue Leith was not just born to cook ... she was also born to write - Daily Mail
Prue Leith, as well as being a brilliant cook and business woman, is also a highly accomplished novelist - Sue MacGregor
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Three women in their fifties - one widowed, one divorced and one never married - meet when they join a choir. Lucy, a food journalist, is obeying her bossy daughter who prescribes singing to assuage her grief. Joanna, the successful businesswoman for whom failure is not an option, is tackling her inability to sing a note. And much-divorced Rebecca is unashamedly looking for another mate. When they decide to combine their talents to restore a run-down hotel on the Cornish coast and turn it into a spa offering holiday courses, conflict is bound to result. Lucy, Joanna and Rebecca are a sympathetic and engaging trio, very different women, each with private demons to confront. We feel for them as they cope, or fail to cope, with the pain of the past and fear for the future. Prue Leith makes their intertwined journeys riveting and ultimately satisfying, even uplifting. The choir teaches them a good deal more than how to sing…See all Product description
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Three (predictable) happy endings in one though - that's got to be good.
This is easily my favourite Prue Leith novel to date, proving that the author is growing as a writer with each book she produces. It's a very engaging read, which draws the reader in to the story and the lives of the characters.
I enjoyed how the author brought her own experiences of food and food writing into the book. All in all, an excellent book.
About 4 months ago I heard an interview with Prue Leith on the radio and then found her books here in Amazon.
I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered copies for friends and family.
Since music doesn't have much interest for me I was a bit leary about the title but there is very little music involved.
It is a lovely story about 3 ladies over the late 40's. Prue weaves a smooth tale combining now and then, her knowledge of food with the story lines. It is a book that makes you look forward to bedtime if that is where you read.
Now I am looking forward to reading everything she has written.
Choral Society is about the ups and downs in the lives of three women in their fifties who meet in a choir group and as different as they are they soon become friends. So close in fact that they become the sort of friends that are always there for each other, a little too quick for the real world, in my opinion friendships like theirs normally take years to grow. Our three protagonists are Lucy, Joanna and Rebecca all very different women with their own problems to overcome, which of course they do by the end of the novel. Lucy is a recently widowed food journalist, who joins the choir as her daughter feels it will help her overcome her grief. Joanna a single entrepreneurial business woman for whom failure is never an option, has joined the choir to learn to sing, as up to this point she never been able to hit a note. Rebecca is the extrovert and flirtatious single mother unashamedly searching for a man to support the lifestyle she yearns for.
Prue Leith makes their lives interesting enough to keep one reading as the choir teaches them a lot more about themselves than how to sing. When they decide to combine their talents to turn a Cornish hotel from a dated failure into an up market success there is bound to be problems. Of course they are resolved but I am not spoiling the story by telling you here. If you are fan of the genre of a certain age I do not think you will be disappointed.
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