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24 March 2017

The Choir on Hope Street by Annie Lyons (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Annie Lyons has been on my "to read" list for a while now so I was thrilled when her upcoming The Choir on Hope Street appeared on NetGalley (and, soon after, my NetGalley shelf!).  It's set to be released on April 6th and if you're a fan of chick lit, romantic comedies (although the romance is light), singing and/or really good stories about community spirit, I highly recommend giving this one a shot.

Natalie and Caroline are the two main characters and, seemingly, all they have in common are their children who are in the same school and the fact that they both live on Hope Street. The chapters alternate between the two of them and their issues. Natalie is having trouble with her husband; Caroline is having trouble with her mother. They're brought together in an effort to help save the local community center (after, that is, one of them kind of hits the other with their car), and a beautifully unexpected friendship forms.

Lyons has created a wonderful community here and I found myself caring about all of the members of the choir. From Jim the mailman (with the surprising musical past), to shy songbird Doly, to Pamela and her amazing cakes -- these are all people I would want to know and have in my corner. I'm hoping that Lyons will decide to revisit them all again!

Friday 56 (today is 56% from the digital ARC) is hosted at Freda's Voice 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

The best things in life happen when you least expect them
Nat’s husband has just said the six words no one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you any more’.
Caroline’s estranged mother has to move into her house turning her perfectly ordered world upside down.
Living on the same street these two women couldn’t be more different. Until the beloved local community centre is threatened with closure. And when the only way to save it is to form a community choir – none of the Hope Street residents, least of all Nat and Caroline, expect the results…
This spring, hope is coming!


  1. Punching him in the face and trashing his house. Couldn't help but smile. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  2. I really love the beginning for this one!

  3. I like how you handle the quotes as an image. Nice! I'm intrigued by the beginning.

  4. This sounds like the kind of story I adore. LOVE the opening and the unexpected punch in the face. I'll watch for this book's release.
    My Friday post features The Pecan Man.

  5. Really great opener. I bet there are lots of readers who can relate, unfortunately.
    My Friday Quotes

  6. Chick Lit isn't something I read, but I'm glad you had the opportunity to read it and enjoyed it.

  7. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. Heartbreaking beginning, but I bet it is good reading though! Happy weekend!