The small town of Bridgeford is in crisis. The high street is half empty, businesses are closing and the idea of civic pride seems old-fashioned to the commuters rushing home from work. Somehow, it seems to have lost its heart.
But there is one thing that might just bring the town together: music. The Bridgeford Community Choir has a chance of winning the county championship. First though, the small band of singers must find a lot of new members and a whole new sound.
Enter Tracey – one of life’s soloists, and hiding a secret past; Bennett – a church choir refugee, baffled by the modern world. And Jazzy – who sees her voice as her passport straight out of town to a future of fame and fortune. Can they really fit in with dependable old regulars like Annie? Can they learn to work together, save their singing group and maybe even their community?
The first chapter of this story captures the reader’s attention and makes you want to read on. Sadly, the rest of the story doesn’t fulfil its initial promise.
The storyline of a community choir bringing an ailing town together is a topical but the characters are hard to empathise with and lack the complexity, to draw you into their world.
The pacing is slow, especially in the first half of the story, which lacks the page turning ability, a longer novel needs.
The realistic dialogue and visual imagery, made me want to finish the story. The ending, although not a surprise, does provide a satisfactory conclusion.
I received a copy of this book from Little, Brown Book Group via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars