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Daffodil Girls: Stories of Love, Loss and Friendship from the Women Behind Our Heroes Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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"Daffodil Girls is touching, fascinating, sensitively written and, no doubt, required reading for any prospective Army spouse. And for anyone who's ever wondered what goes on in those garrison towns." (Wendy Holden The Daily Mail)
"The Daffodil Girls show as much patriotism, courage and public service as the soldiers themselves ... These women are the heroines who cherish their heroes." (Sarah Brown, President, PiggyBankKids children's charity and wife of Gordon Brown MP, Former British Prime Minister)
"How touching to hear the inside stories of the ones they left behind - Kitty Dimbleby's poignant book captures the love and heartbreak of Army wives threaded through with courage and enormous humour - wonderful." (Joanna Lumley)
"This is a timely and charmingly told account of the lives of the "force behind the forces" - the families of those brave soldiers who are risking lives and limbs on the front line." (Chris Patten)
"This is a moving tribute to the wives and families who are left behind when Britain's soldiers go out to fight- the story of their courage in the face of separation, loneliness and fear for those they love. Kitty Dimbleby's message is that war breeds more than one kind of hero worthy of our admiration and support." (Max Hastings)
'How touching to hear the inside stories of the ones they left behind - Kitty Dimbleby's poignant book captures the love and heartbreak of army wives threaded through with courage and enormous humour - wonderful' - Joanna LumleySee all Product description
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(Oh yes - Daffodil Girls is the affectionate nickname the author gives to the women behind the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh. Welsh daffodils, you see?)
The lives of the women skilfully unfold through the book, like the story lines of a TV series, and once you get to know who they all are (there's a helpful list at the start) you become totally involved in their world - smiling, sometimes laughing out loud, and - yes- getting very teary as well. There's love and laughs and loss in this book. And the birth of a baby too.
Last of all, Kitty Dimbleby tells her own story. She was obviously a reluctant army wife, but one who can therefore explain this world to outsiders - the rest of us. She might be from a well-known family but she can obviously muck in with the best of them, and earn the confidences of the toughest soldier's lady. She's written an unexpectedly gripping and rather uplifting book which tells us much about army life, about the way women interact with each other, and about the resilience of the human spirit. Excellent.
Having heard about the book through the fantastic charity Help for Heroes I was keen to read more - intrigued to find out more about the world which an army wife experiences. I will be highly recommending this book to my friends.
While interviewing the long-standing and well travelled pillars of the wives community has given Kitty a greater understanding of regimental life and the hugely important role they play 'on the patch', 'Daffodil Girls' has also served as a reminder that these women do not choose the isolated, dread-filled lifestyle they must often lead... It is simply a side-effect of falling in love with a man who happens to be a soldier.
Kitty writes with respect and admiration for the loyality shown by so many women in Britain today, dutifully supporting their husbands, sons, boyfriends and dads as they serve in the dangerous unknown simply by staying strong for them. And Kitty can cound herself among one of these women.
'Daffodil Girls' is an inspiring read and with royalties from the sales going to help wounded service personnel through the fantastic charity 'Help for Heroes', this book is truly thought-provoking and an amazing tribute through and through.
From reading this book i do feel abit more confident tackling such things as mess do's, charity functions etc where from an outsider who's never been to anything like that it can be quite daunting! And your husband/partner being sent on tour, i don't think theres enough literature in the world that would prepare you for that but this book has provided evidence that you can get through it and come out the other side and the woman next door is going through exactly the same as you, your not alone in it!
Fabulous read, aside from the actual book, it was delivered on time and packaged perfectly.
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