Poppy Day Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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'A page-turning novel of loss and courage' The Sun.
'A fast, unputdownable read, Amanda Prowse adeptly fuses a tale of love and courage with the stark realities of war, both on the field and at home' Red.
'This romantic story of courage and determination is simply captivating' Closer.
'A modern-day love story ... set to become a bestseller' Daily Mail.
'Brilliant. Lets get it to number 1!' Gok Wan.
About the Author
Amanda Prowse is the author of several novels including the number 1 bestsellers What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter and My Husband's Wife. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and she is published in dozens of languages.
Described by reviewers as 'the queen of family drama', Amanda's characters and stories are often inspired by real life issues. The research for her books has led to partnerships with ITV and Femail among others.
Amanda lives in Bristol with her husband and two sons. As her many twitter followers know, she almost never switches off. But when she does, she can be found drinking tea in her favourite armchair, scribbling ideas for her next book.
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The emotions were real. Every character played their part well. I like the way it was written with a lot of self-thinking and rationalizing love, regrets, redemptions and forgiveness. At the end, however, I wished that the author took more pages to dwell into the young loving couple’s understanding and acceptance.
Even though some chapters seemed to be just some babbling of a character’s unrequited emotions, which I tend to flip through, it was still a very engaging read.
Then I found out that this was the author’s first full length novel. Oh, no wonder the writing tends to be a bit too over indulged with words. It was like an incessant ranting of thoughts in some chapters.
Yet, I must admit, it is still a good read.
I was hooked from the beginning and was taken by the different nature of this story. I have never read anything about soldiers or life in Afghanistan and can only imagine the horrors that occur on a daily basis. The book gave insight into not only life from a captured soldiers point of view, but from the family or in particular, wife who was left behind. It seemed like a true event and it is difficult to believe that this was made up! A wonderful story of love and life on a budget. I appreciate that the Arrmy is not shown up in such a great light, but it is easy to imagine that this is what it would be like if your husband was taken as a prisoner. Bureaucracy is what it is and this wife cut through the lot of it!
The ending was good to a point when suddenly there was a complete twist just when you thought things were coming to a close. However, I have to say that it then finished quickly and I was left hanging wondering what on earth happened there and why. I really did not like how the book suddenly ended. I was unsure whether it is just me that felt I didn't really understand or whether I was supposed to be left feeling like that.
A great writer and a good book apart from the ending. I will definitely read more from this author.
Poppy Day is her first one, and boy can you see the difference in her writing from then and to now!
Still, a wonderfully written book charting the life and struggles of a military wife who finds herself in a situation where her husband is MIA and there appears to be no help or support to find him.
She takes matters into her own hands, and supported by a journalist friend, embarks upon a journey to save her man.
Poppy Day married her childhood sweetheart, Mart, and they have always been supportive towards each other, especially as they both came from dysfunctional families. When Mart joined the army, he gave his reasons as helping to provide a better life for them both. Poppy however, found this decision hard to accept and when he left for his first tour aboard to Afghanistan their final night together was not a happy one. Poppy soon lived to regret this with one life changing knock at the door. Mart had been taken hostage and the events that followed were way beyond anything that she had ever experienced before. She had to find all the strength and courage imaginable to keep her wits together and do whatever she could to help bring about the release of her husband. She had to deal with the bureaucracy of the army and the intrusion of the press, whilst coping with her nan, her only living relative whom she cares about deeply, but is not only old and lives in a home, but suffers from dementia. The scenes with her nan are also very moving and sometimes funny, and they offer a different dimension to the story.
This is a gripping story, well written and holds the interest throughout. It shows all the compassion and emotions of someone who had obviously been through the trauma of a soldier’s wife and captures the fear of someone left behind. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I was so gripped by Poppy and Mart's story. Hearing about Mart being taken hostage by the terrorist group was horrific yet so incredibly well-written. After discovering that the army were doing very little to rescue Mart, Poppy took it upon herself to fly to Afghanistan and get her husband back herself. Hugely touching - very graphic in places but just so powerful. Fantastic.
Not a great read if your an army wife past or present. But if you do not know anything about our serving soldiers of today it could be OK (good luck)!!!!