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5.0 out of 5 stars Daffodils 6 Oct 2013
Daffodils is a very good read, set during the first world war, beginning in rural Wiltshire, in a world revolving around the class-ridden affairs of Upper and Lower Cheadle, where Katy, a girl who, for all her dreams of wider horizons, finds herself married to gardener Jem, preparing to raise a family in her little cottage. Even in this small world, there is drama and tragedy, but then Jem joins up to fight abroad and is reported missing in action, and Katy joins the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The book is well researched and the war scenes are gruesome, but it's very satisfying that Katy, who begins in a maid's apron and cap, obliged to kowtow to the local gentry, finishes up as a free spirit with cropped hair and trousers, up to her elbows in grease, working as a mechanic.