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Wherever You Are: The Military Wives: Our true stories of heartbreak, hope and love Paperback – 25 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007488963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007488964
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,033 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 By Mike on 19 Jan. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. PLYMPTON on 28 Nov. 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Lamb on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Little Bookworm VINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a really big military wives fan. I own their albums and think they are an absolute inspiration of what can be achieved when you put your mind to it. I think the cover is fitting and I like that the money is going towards their charity.

The book itself is split into chapters from some of the women. It is further divided into three sections - one about the wives families/situations and why they joined the choir; the events in the choir before the single was published; and what producing the single was like.

I loved all the stories and some of them brought a lump to my throat. I really admire the women and how they just carry on with their lives. I don't know if I could be as strong as them.

The book took me on a real journey. The wives themselves admit that the military forces have a certain reputation and, living near two military bases, I certainly had that opinion. The book has totally changed that and I feel incredibly proud of the men that give their lives for me and for all of us.

My only niggle (and it is a niggle!) is that the pictures should have been at the start of each woman's chapter, as this would have made them easier to imagine. I didn't find them much use at the end!

This is an amazing book and I feel so happy to have read it. Long may the military wives continue!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr D Bogg on 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 By Victoria Kelly on 22 April 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Sept. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book consists of brief stories of how the Military Wives Choirs have affected (and improved) the lives of individual choir members.

I haven't finished reading it yet but it is a struggle to pick it up and continue with these very similar accounts. Obviously there are differences in individual circumstances but, unfortunately, the formula given to the participants for writing their section intrudes on every aspect of their story. It wouldn't be difficult to work out exactly what instructions they were given when they were invited to contribute to this publication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samsung on 7 Jun. 2013
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it was secret santa, and my aunt told me that her husbands mum (who'd i'd secret santa'd (not like thAT!)) wanted it (not like that). so i got it for her (like that ) and the smile on her face stretched from one side of her face, alllll the way to the other, or near enough.

there is little pleasure as great as receiving exactly what you knew you would get when youre 80 years old. next year i'll knit her something crappy so she knows what it feels like. she's a lovely woman ( not like that)
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