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Wherever You Are: The Military Wives: Our true stories of heartbreak, hope and love [Paperback]

The Military Wives
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Book Description

25 April 2013

From the moment the Military Wives sang together on BBC Two’s The Choir, their lives changed forever. Their journey entranced the nation, and their story moved millions.

Here the wives tell their individual stories in full for the first time – true stories of heartbreak, hope, love and loss that speak to the heart of our country.

From the loneliness and isolation of life on a military base to the challenge of writing to men facing unimaginable horrors – and to the Choir that gave them comfort, solace and and friendship in the darkest of times – these are true, affecting and inspiring accounts straight from the wives themselves.

Sales of this book will benefit the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, a network of choirs that reaches across the military community to provide support, guidance and funding for individual choirs, but first and foremost to bring women closer together through singing. The Foundation is a registered subsidiary charity of SSAFA Forces Help.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007488963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007488964
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This book is about growth and change… Entertaining and inspiring.’ Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

About the Author

The Military Wives is a unique choir composed of the wives and girlfriends of military personnel deployed to Afghanistan. They were featured in Gareth Malone’s BBC Two series The Choir.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars would recommend for people to read 28 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very interesting every family has different things to say, make you aware what the family's have to go through, especially with the children
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great catch-up of their stories. 19 Jan 2013
By Mike
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I bought the kindle version of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have no direct connection with the Military but the wives of Chivenor and Plymouth had willingly showed us, the British Public, something of their lives, vulnerabilities and emotions in the TV programme and I guess they became “virtual friends”. This book comes across as the annual “catch-up” on news between friends and becomes very good reading by providing the inside story of the exciting events in 2012 from their perspective.
It also illustrates the extra pressures on some of the women (Louise – a submariners wife) but focuses largely on the fun and excitement the choir has brought them.
Stories of the better known ladies are included (such as Nicky Scott, Michelle, Katherine, Kelly and Kerry – I like Kerry’s comment on military rank “There are no pips on a handbag”). The very notable exception is Sam who is not included. These are the faces you subconsciously look for in any of the national performances and it is a disappointment when anyone is missing. This is particularly true of Sam because her story and wonderful voice played such a large part in gaining initial public support.
It’s also good to hear news from the ladies of other choirs but it would have been a little more helpful to include photographs of the women within the context of their stories rather than grouped at the end.
I can thoroughly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Military Wives Choir but, in hindsight, I wish I’d bought the hard copy to go alongside Gareth’s book on the subject in my bookcase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loving this and great support 13 Jan 2013
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excellent price and the military wives has been a huge support as i am an army wife and this helps as there is understanding and i can relate as i do not leave on base.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab read but at times repetitive 22 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book, and after hearing so much about the MWC I was expecting a fab read. While this book really did bring out many emotions in me, I found some parts getting repetitive, especially at the beginning.

But overall, a fantastic read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Military wives. 27 Mar 2013
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What a wonderful tale. I loved it and have now loaned it to 'reading' friends. After seeing the TV programme, this book put the whole story together
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all Military Quoirs everywhere 3 Mar 2013
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I thought that the book well represented all the women who were in the quoir. The two who I thought ought have to be in it Sam Stevenson and Suzy Brady did not make a contrbution and were missed for it? I admire there guts for the job that they do supporting there husbands. It was nice to read some of there personal reflections and they all played a major part in bringing the Military wives quoirs to the forfront for the future. They were simply outstanding Dave Bogg
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very moving 22 Feb 2013
By pat
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very good short stories also they were very emotionall when you read this book it takes a lot of couragr & nerves to do what these ladies did
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An autobiography 11 Feb 2013
By Mestar
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I was a service wife for 28 years and we had to make our own way. How we would have welcomed something like this
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Saw the program , bought the dvd and now read the book. Thank you to the ladies for sharing their lives with us, military life is a closed book to most of us.
Published 18 days ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wherever you are : The Military wives
This was bought as a present for a friend, but when she lent it to me to read it gave such an insight into the high and lows of being the wife of a serviceman.
Published 1 month ago by Lorna Grainger
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book to read
This is the story of the wife's that married men in the Military and the Choir that there all started
You have a few pages on how they meet their husbands, so you get to know... Read more
Published 3 months ago by christine bonner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Interesting story about this singing group - well written and have a good background to the choir - nice book :-)
Published 3 months ago by Peter D. G. Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears and smiles
Whether or not you have military connections, a great book. This tells of those left behind, and sometimes forgotten, how they cope, or don't, with life as temporary single... Read more
Published 5 months ago by thriftycrafter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great book. Very emotional and quite touching at times. Lovely to hear the stories of the Military Wives. Inspiring to read.
Published 5 months ago by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
Very readable, and sometimes quite moving. Occasionally a bit repetitive. My wife is now enjoying it too. I'd lend it to anyone with confidence.
Published 6 months ago by Theophilus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional read
This book was one I had difficulty in putting in down, when you think of our soldiers doing the job to keep us all safe you have no idea how strong their woman who have been left... Read more
Published 7 months ago by pearl
3.0 out of 5 stars repetitive
This book consists of brief stories of how the Military Wives Choirs have affected (and improved) the lives of individual choir members. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I was a son of the regiment (Gordon Highlanders) in 1944, so I am always interested in works with a military theme. This was the most interesting book I have read in many years
Published 7 months ago by john hoad
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