Blog Tour: The Choir on Hope Street by Annie Lyons

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Annie Lyons' latest book, The Choir on Hope Street. I am a big fan of Annie's stories, so I was really excited to get my hands on this one, here are my thoughts on it:

Title: The Choir on Hope Street
Author: Annie Lyons
Published: April 6th by 2017 by HQ Stories

Blurb: The best things in life happen when you least expect them.

Nat’s husband has just said the five words no one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you anymore’.

Picture-perfect Caroline has to welcome her estranged mother into her house after she was forced out of an exclusive nursing home.

Living on the same street these two women couldn’t be more different. Until the local community centre is threatened, galvanising Caroline and the people of Hope Street into action. But when the only way to save the centre is to form a community choir – no one, least of all Nat, expects the results…

This spring, hope is coming!

Review: The Choir on Hope Street is a really warm and hopeful story about a community trying to save the hall where they have their social activities, like bingo, baby groups... The main strength in their campaign is their choir, a last minute idea but a very effective one, as it turns out some of the residents have great voices. So as the story progresses we get to know several of its members, with Caroline and Natalie being the main characters.

These two are two very different women: Carolina has the perfect life, while Natalie's life is falling apart. To begin with, it's clear that they have nothing in common and Caroline is just using Natalie's status as the local celebrity (she is a children books writer), but little by little, you start to realize that these characters might need each other more than they think. I had a great time following their interactions, as Natalie's sarcastic comments were always on point, but also because you could clearly see their friendship blossoming.

Caroline was a very difficult character to like, she was bossy and self-assured but could also be mean and selfish. So when things started going bad for her too, I didn't feel as bad. But after learning about her past and getting to know the real Caroline, I started warming to her. It doesn't mean I liked her but I also didn't not like her, if you know what I mean? Her story complemented the main saving the hall one and definitely made things interesting and quite intriguing. As per Natalie, I liked her since the beginning, with her inability to keep her mouth shut and how she would find herself in the most awkward situations.

As I said, the whole story was really enjoyable and warm and the clear message is that you need to keep fighting for what you want. But both Caroline and Natalie and the rest of the choir bunch added a really personal touch that made the story deeper and a bit serious at times. And of course, reading about the songs and the music, I could totally picture the choir singing and really connecting with each other. All in all, a fun story with a bit more!

Rating: 4 stars

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

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