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A Great catch-up of their stories.
on 19 January 2013
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.