Daffodils (Katherine Wheel, #1)

Daffodils (Katherine Wheel, #1)

by Alex Martin

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Daffodils (Katherine Wheel, #1) by Alex Martin

Book One of The Katherine Wheel Series catapults Katy and Jem into the global arena of World War One and changes their lives forever.
Cheadle is a sleepy village in rural Wiltshire, England. Nothing much changes and little family dramas provide the only food for scandal and gossip. Then WW1 erupts into the lives of these country people, leaving no-one unscathed.
We meet Katy as a young maidservant, restless for more than domestic service can offer and reckless to a fault. Katy has to develop and mature, as life throws joys and tragedies across her path and the war lures Jem away. Another man tempts her to stay home but in the end she too signs up for the war and in doing so, finds her true self, and discovers that the only thing that really matters is, after all, simply love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046296549
Publisher: Alex Martin
Publication date: 10/10/2014
Series: Katherine Wheel , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,639
File size: 424 KB

About the Author

Alex Martin is finally fulfilling her dream of seeing her work in print, and loving it. She writes in her Plotting Shed, at the end of her long garden, where there is no internet to distract her, just a view of the Welsh mountains.
Find out more about her writing projects at http://www.intheplottingshed.com/

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Daffodils 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
World War1 told from the inside of a small English village. The effect on the lives of three families and their world is told with great clarity and compassion. I enjoyed it all especially Jem and Katy's love story and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book l have read in a long time
Anonymous 10 days ago
Great story
Anonymous 10 days ago
Unprodictable story of 2 young people who were mere servants who broke thru the barriers of society. They earned the respect of their employer and the love of many.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Great story line with characters that you can really care about.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story set in WW1, You will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very muchso.ShelleyMa
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...please offer the sequel peace lily
SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed and the story moves along very nicely
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever.
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
OK but not great. I didn't like some of the characters. They weren't well developed and some were just plain nasty. Sorry but a Vicar shouldn't be evil! I would have dumped it (since it was free) but I wanted to find out if Jem was alive & Katie & Jem found each other.
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Margitte More than 1 year ago
Four stars REVIEW: The first world war broke out in Europe Young people from small, poor bucolic British families all dreamed of new possibilities and better lives if they signed up for the war. Most of them, in counties such as Wiltshire, had never been in London, many had never seen the sea. They eked out a living working for the gentry on their big estates with poverty standing like invisible perennial guards at their doors. There was hardly any escape possible until the war came. Katy Beagle worked in the manor house as a personal maid when the son of the manor needed a little bit of fun before he departed for London to join the war effort.  Young and inexperienced as she was, and bored to death with the prospect of being rooted to her situation for the rest of her life, Katy jumped at the opportunity to have some fun. It resulted in a huff and a lot of puff with a cloud of scandal threatening her good name and honor. Good, rock-solid Jem, the gardener, proposed again, and this time she had no other choice but to accept. And so begins the story of a young couple within the village dynamics of Wiltshire with the assortment of lovable, despicable, and delightful characters who share their lives for generations. But after the young vicar announced them husband and wife, the village openly released a sigh of relief. The scandal was short-lived and the couple could live happily ever after. But that was not to be. Katy and Jem's paths through the deeply moving narrative exposes the highs and lows of two young people's inner turmoil with life and love, their first encounters in the adult world with heartbreak and hardship. The tale winds through a volatile time in world history and how it personally effected two young people but also their community.  The horror of the First World War is portrayed with accuracy and emotion. The deprivations and devastation of the war is creatively and convincingly conveyed. All the elements to make this a great book is present: loyalty, weakness, betrayal, guilt, lies, sex, secrets, violence, an attempted suicide, heroism and finally love coupled with justice. All the people are real. So much so that the reader becomes emotionally attached to them and become emotionally invested in the turns and twists of the plot. Throughout the harsh reality of the war, there is still an almost ironic wholesomeness present in the young people's optimism and hope for a better future. Despite all the obstacles, the daffodils never seized to bloom among the privation and suffering of the war.  Daffodils is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope which teaches us the power of resilience, integrity and true honor. This book was a deeply emotional experience that managed to reach the inner core of my being. This is such a powerful story. Highly recommended  !!
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