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Short description: Katy, maidservant at Cheadle Manor, longs to escape
her narrow life but events unfold slowly in her rural village. Finally,
frustrated by personal tragedy and the shackles that continue to bind
her, she becomes a mechanic in the WAAC as part of the British
Expeditionary Force. Through the horrors of WW1 she discovers only love
Long description: In this heartbreaking romance
feisty heroine, Katy, dreams of a better life than just being a domestic
servant at Cheadle Manor. Her one attempt to escape is thwarted when
her flirtation with the manor’s heir results in a scandal that shocks
the local community.
Jem Beagle has always loved Katy. His offer of
marriage rescues her but personal tragedy divides them. Jem leaves his
beloved Wiltshire to become reluctant soldier on the battlefields of The
First World War. Katy is left behind, restless and alone.
White, the local curate, has just returned from India bringing a dash of
colour to the small village and offers Katy a window on the wider
Katy decides she has to play her part in a world at arms and
joins up as a WAAC girl. She finally breaks free from the stifling
class-ridden hierarchies that bind her but the brutality of 20th century
global war brings home the price she has paid for her search.
"A profound meditation on love and loss and the perils of war": Bookbub
COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION
from the author: For fans of historical fiction, DAFFODILS is part one
of a true love trilogy, The Katherine Wheel Series, is set in Wiltshire,
England at the time of the First World War. It starts slowly. Life
changes little in Cheadle. Petty scandals, gossip and the huge gap
between the haves and those who serve them continue to dominate their
small world. As I researched this era, I was drawn into the terrible
tragedy of the war and so were the characters I'd created. Daffodils
drags Katy and Jem out of their lives and catapults them into the wider
arena of a global conflict. Most books follow what happened to the
soldiers and so does Daffodils, in part. It also follows the gallant
women who provided the backbone for the army, not just the nurses, but
the gender defying mechanics and drivers who managed the vehicles and
ambulances. I found it fascinating to discover just how much women took
on and how it shook up the world they returned to, once the conflict was
over. But in essence, Daffodils is a love story, whose tender heart is
almost torn apart through this tumultuous time.
"Absorbing, involving, unputdownable, honest, great characterisation".
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