#BookReview – The Choir on Hope Street by Annie Lyons (@1AnnieLyons) @HQstories #HopeisComing

Today, I share with you my review of The Choir on Hope Street by Annie Lyons.

I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.

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  • Family Life
  • Dementia
  • Romance
  • Fiction
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: HQ; 1 edition (6 April 2017)

|Synopsis|

Natalie’s husband has just dropped a bombshell she never expected. Six little words no women ever wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you anymore’ – and her whole world has been turned upside-down.

Caroline’s difficult mother has been kicked out of her nursing home! And with no one else able to take her in, she’s going to have to put the past behind her and invite her to stay.

Nat and Caroline might live just a few doors away from each other but the two neighbours couldn’t be more different! Yet when the beloved Hope Street community hall is threatened with closure, only the community choir can save the day – if they can just find the perfect song in time…

| Review|

This was my first foray into the writings of Annie Lyons and it will not be my last. This book for me was more women’s fiction than chick lit. Which for me is a better fit, I like a story with depth and lifelike dilemmas.

In The Choir on Hope Street, we have two leading ladies in the form of Nat and Caroline. Both live at opposite ends of, yes you guessed it, Hope Street. Nat lives at one end and Caroline lives at the “posh” end.  When the local community centre gets put up for demolishment the residents decide to take things into their own hands/voices.

The book covers a plethora of topics that are ripe in our society today. Social class, family life, dementia, caring for our elderly folks, parenting and general every day things that slap you in the face on a Thursday morning. Ms Lyons has a knack for bringing them into the storyline with perfect execution. The dementia storyline was beautifully written and with such care taken to make sure it was realistically portrayed. I cried so much at those specific parts of the book. I may have even listened to some Ella after I finished the book.

Now, here is where I become a little controversial. I know as the reader that I am meant to love Nat and be cheering her on. Well, I really didn’t like her, sorry not sorry. I found her irritating, naive and just so infuriating.  I was shouting at the book (in my head of course) for her to stop doing all the little daft things.  Having a character that I don’t like actually makes it a better read for me because I get so cross. So it wasn’t a negative, I just wish I could phone her up and get her sorted LOL.

On the reverse, I adored Caroline and was wishing that she would just do the right thing in regards to her mother. She’s a woman who has it all, the great husband with the high powered job, the lovely daughter and the grand house. But with all that is she really happy?

The Choir on Hope Street had the perfect balance of laughter, tears and abundance of heart.

4.5 Stars

By Kelly Lacey

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