Joanna Trollope writes lovingly and in detail about English middle-class life. This book successfully depicts the joy in music in both a small boy and and a talented, conflicted
organist/choirmaster. Trollope describes the subtle power games in a cathedral town and gives us a satisfactory, if bittersweet, ending.
A perfect example of the British writing genre "Aga Saga", part mystery, part human interest, part social commentary. Chick lit for the higher educated crowd. Brilliantly read by Patricia Hodge.
Superbly crafted, the novel shows familiarity with the life and workings of a closed community. Ms. Trollope has significant story telling skill, and this novel is both sensitive and informative.
"In the rustic town of Aldminster, a divisive crisis looms. Funds are short and the cathedral is in need of major repair. Some hope to finance the work by abolishing the boys' choir; others vow to save the archaic but beloved tradition.
Drawn into the fray is an extraordinary cast of characters, including housewife Sally Ashworth. The lonely mother of a ten-year-old chorister, Sally meanders through her quiet, solitary life. She is anchored only by her unexpected love for the choirmaster and by her young son, whose melodic voice may be the only thing that can unite a divided community."