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Daffodil Girls: Stories of love, loss and friendship from the women behind our heroes Hardcover – 17 Mar 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (17 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753539640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753539644
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"Kitty Dimbleby's story of the women who love and live with the soldiers of The 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh opens our eyes to just what they think, feel and go through in their daily lives. The Daffodil Girls show as much patriotism, courage and public service as the soldiers themselves. Through Kitty's eyes we are reminded just how much we owe to our service families for their sacrifice and commitment to our country and the British people. 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)

"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. There are heroes at home and abroad as Kitty Dimbleby convincingly argues." (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)

"I absolutely loved Kitty Dimbleby's inspirational book Daffodil Girls. Eminently readable, full of charm, humour, wisdom and compassion, it vividly and authentically depicts the day to day lives of a group of today's army wives, and how they cope with the often unimaginable strain of maintaining a stable lives for their families and themselves as their husbands deploy to the frontline. These "Daffodil Girls", and scores of other army wives like them, are indeed amongst the unsung heroines of our times; and we as a nation owe not just their husbands, but these women too, an enormous debt of gratitude for all they achieve. Thank you so much for this book Kitty - I can not recommend it more highly to Service and civilian readers alike - It's a real gem!" (Lady Pippa Dannatt, wife of General Richard Dannatt)

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Ever wondered what it is like to support a loved one in the armed forces?
Army wife Kitty Dimbleby reveals stories of love, loss and enduring friendship from the women behind the front line.

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Daffodil Girls worked for me on so many levels. It appealed because we read so much about our soldiers, but don't hear about the lives of the wives, partners and mothers who they leave behind - and who worry every moment that their loved ones are in a war zone. So I was - quite simply - curious. The world of a garrison town is closed off - and the MOD doesn't allow much access. This aspect of the book is fascinating. But then there is the sisterhood - the group of women, all types, all ages, all social classes - who help each other out on 'the patch'. Sometimes this is so moving - like when the two officers' wives go into the clear the house of the young wife whose response to news of her husband's death was to get the hell out and back to Wales.
(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.
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This wonderful book arrived on my doormat on Saturday morning and by Saturday evening I had finished it having not seen the outside world for a whole day! The stories from the women behind our soldiers are both inspiring and moving. Kitty has woven these stories together in such a way that it makes it impossible to put the book down!
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.
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Fantastic book full of personal stories from the wives, girlfriends and families of serving army personnel. Very moving tributes to their families serving in Tidworth barracks. Word of warning don't read whilst on public transport you get some strange looks when you laugh out loud and even more when you find yourself crying at the loss of a loved one.
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Daffodil Girls: Meet the Women Behind Our HeroesWow!!! I have just been taken on an emotional rollacoaster. The book starts off quite light and is full of back ground information about army life from the point of view of the wives left behind when their husbands go to war. But then you are smacked in the face with the realities of our modern conflicts and how the soldiers nearest and dearest have to cope.
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This book is simply beautiful. It shows the path every army woman takes in their life with the army. From a girlfried, a daughter, a wife, a sister and a mother. Every aspect is covered from the moment they leave for their tour to the moment they come home. It lets you see all the emotions any army lady would feel. It shows soldiers coming home on R&R, coming home at the end of their tour and some not coming home. It is truely touching. My other half came back from his tour and reading the book made me feel like everything I had felt and done whilst he was away was normal. Having good days and bad, sending him letters and emails everyday, decoration and wanting him home. It is a perfect read for anyone, related or not related to the army in any way. I would recommend it to anyone, it is a rare book that can make you laugh, giggle and cry, x
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The subject matter makes essential reading and the book does open our eyes to the huge sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families. However, it is repetitive, not well written, and contains several errors/'typos'. Fiona Stanford's book 'Don't Say Goodbye' does it all so much better.
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A really good book showing how many of the wives of soldiers cope with life on the patch. l liked the way the families stories are followed through and the detailed description of their daily lives. Well written by Kitty an excellent read!
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im a new army wife and among a few others, read this book to maybe give me abit of an insiders look into the life of a married couple in the army and everything that comes with it, love the way this one was written and felt it related to me abit more as although my other halfs regiment is different to the one featured in this book, we do live on tidworth.
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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