Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.53in x 6.35 x 1.4 in | 1.49 lb
Page Count:432 pages
INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS: Ryan takes inspiration from the true stories of women during WWII who, in light of the fabric shortages, would donate their wedding dresses to sewing clubs to be remade so that other women could also marry their sweethearts before they went off to war.
BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Chilbury was a national bestseller and continues to find new readers every year.
A RETURN TO AN ENGLISH VILLAGE SETTING: Though a standalone, the novel is set in the fictional village of Aldhurst in the same county Kent as the fictional Chilbury. The women of Aldhurst have all the charm, heart, and emotion as their beloved neighbors in Chilbury.
PRAISE FOR JENNIFER RYAN: “A delightful debut.” People on The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir; “[A] charming slice of English wartime life that warms the soul like a hot toddy.” Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls on The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir; “[A] quick and delightful mystery.” The New York Times Book Review on The Spies of Shilling Lane; “This story had me so hooked, I literally couldn’t put it down to cook.” NPR on The Kitchen Front
Praise for The Kitchen Front
“A charming tale that will satiate a lot of different tastes…This story had me so hooked, I literally couldn’t put it down to cook.”—NPR
“World War II–era England wasn’t a happy place, but one can always find joy in cake and tea…. Four women, who have different reasons for competing, take solace in one another as they create recipes out of rationed ingredients. It’s like re-watching old episodes of The Great British Baking Show.”—The Washington Post
“A positively uplifting read that is as soothing as a warm cup of Earl Grey on a gloomy morning.”—Booklist
Praise for The Spies of Shilling Lane
“This tale swept me away!”—First for Women
“[A] quick and delightful mystery…Ryan’s subtlety shines in her acknowledgment of the importance of remembering the people who pass through our lives and in her descriptions of how war and conflict can teach empathy and change people for the better.”—The New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
“A delightful debut.”—People
“There’s so much happening in Chilbury: intrigue, romance and an unforgettable cast of characters who aren’t always as they appear. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a charming slice of English wartime life that warms the soul like a hot toddy.”—Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls