My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book almost drew more tears than laughs, but it was full of the same realistic characters as House of Living Stones. It is refreshing to read a book that feels like I could really be a part of it. The plot threads ring true and the characters respond to their world like the broken sinners that they are, but they also remember they are redeemed. Never before have I read Christian fiction that so aptly portrays simul justus et peccator.
The reader takes an adventure that mixes the joys and sorrows of life, showing that those things are not clearly distinct seasons but the regular heartbeat of life within this vale of tears. We get to witness the simple romance of new relationships but also old relationships. We walk alongside the joys and heartbreaks of parenthood and childhood. We rejoice as characters grow in the subtle and gradual changes that accompany our years of life together in Christ. Yet we also see how nothing is new under the sun and sometimes things don’t change.
The Choir Immortal is a delightful story that will warm your heart and wet your cheeks. It cannot be fully appreciated without its predecessor House of Living Stones. So if you have not yet read these two books, be sure to get both. You won’t want any less time in Bradbury.