REVIEWED BY DEBS CARR
The Beauty Chorus is set in WW2 and covers one year in the lives of three women, as they move on from all that they know and join the ATA, flying planes to airfields across the UK to help keep the RAF supplied and able to fight. Fighter pilots nicknamed these women, The Beauty Chorus and it seems that although most pilots were grateful for the exhausting and dangerous job these women did, some were not so impressed to have females doing what they considered man's work.
The women flew different types of planes every day without any radios or instruments to help guide them, or ammunition to protect them and were often targeted by the German air force who knew they were easy pickings.
We meet Evie Chase, daughter of a wealthy, self-made man whose vicious wife loathes her and will stop at nothing to cause as much trouble as possible between father and daughter. She's glamorous and brave, although a little reckless and when she meets her instructor, Beau, an injured fighter pilot, who is having trouble with his scheming fiancee, she doesn't know quite what to make of him. Evie falls in love, but is it with the right man. She soon learns that trouble is never far away from her.
Stella Grainger has secrets. She's recently returned to England from Singapore and is grieving, not only for what she once had, but also for the baby son she's left in Ireland with her in-laws. She isn't interested in a relationship, but finds that there are some people you can trust even though she finds it difficult to open up to people.
Megan leaves her sweetheart behind at her family's farm in Wales. Since her brother's death she's been battling with her parents and trying to find a way to stop them from passing their beloved farm with its animals and airfield on to her two grasping cousins. She's kind and good-hearted and although she's not the best pilot out of the three women, she's determined to do her bit.
The three women move into a small cottage together and as they become closer, their lives takes turns that none of them could have expected. Evie has much to prove and as different relationships cause her more and more problems, she begins to change.
This book is beautifully crafted in every way. The characters keep your attention at all times and the twists and turns in the story had me laughing one minute and crying the next. It's a haunting book and the author obviously knows this era very well. I can't recommend The Beauty Chorus highly enough and loved every second of it.
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