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(The Katherine Wheel #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,210 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Katy dreams of a better life than just being a domestic servant at Cheadle Manor. Her one attempt to escape is thwarted when her flirtation with the manor's heir results in a scandal that shocks the local community. Jem Beagle has always loved Katy. His offer of marriage rescues her but personal tragedy divides them. Jem leaves his beloved Wiltshire to become a reluctant s ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 20th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 6th 2013)
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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
Nancy Knox
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book

This was a very well written and enjoyable story. Great characters and storyline. It keeps you involved from the beginning to end. I would recommend this book and am anxious to start the sequel.
Misfits farm
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daffodils- Alex Martin 4*
Set in the early days of the first world war this tells the story of Katy and her life and loves. Of the hills and fresh air of home and her dreams through her reading. The harshness of the living conditions of the time and the lack of sanitation and things we all now take for granted. The journey through the war for Katy and her family and village and the traumas therein. I am not usually into historical novels but this one has a certain charm to it and the characters
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WWI made real

Characters are authentic. Story line holds attention. True to life emotions and rationale. Loved it. Ready for the next one!
Jenny Lloyd
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Will equally appeal to lovers of historical fiction and romance.
Recommended to Jenny by: A Woman's Wisdom blog.
This is the last book I shall review this year and I found it compelling.

Katy dreams of a different sort of life, away from the quiet, Wiltshire backwater she has grown up in. Her dreams make her reluctant to accept Jem's proposal of marriage, as marrying him would mean giving up her dreams of travel. Katy has her head and heart briefly turned by the charms of her employer's son. Her liaisons with him are enough to cause a minor scandal which threatens to tarnish Katy's reputation. So, when Jem
Siobhan Daiko
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This touching love story, set against the backdrop of the turmoil of World War I, is told from the heart and, although the subject matter is tragic, I really enjoyed the read. Katy is a wonderful heroine. I found myself caring deeply about her and wanting everything to work out. Jem, too, is a hugely sympathetic hero, and I liked him for his courage and steadfastness. The main theme of this novel is the human spirit and how it prevails in spite of the horrors of poverty and war. All is not doom ...more
A charming, easy going read with endearing characters. Pure coincidence that I read it during Remembrance time and right after downloading Downton Abbey Season 5!
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book I do have a few gripes:
- the main characters are all so NICE! (Well apart from the vile Leonard.)
- i felt that some of the language did not fit the context properly, f.e. the use of pound cake vs sponge cake. Also, I can't imagine simple country folk from the Great War era likening things to auto
Donna Wilkey
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction, teens and adults.
I really liked this story because it reveals so much history of WWI which is blatantly missing from my education. I remember memorizing facts about the “tinder box” of alliances which started the war. I know I had to memorize which countries were on which side. I knew about famous people that suffered in the trenches such as de Chardin and Hemingway. But this well-researched piece of historical fiction synthesizes the facts and makes it all very real.
The book also describes the class difference
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book..... After I finished it, it was as if I had seen a movie... I had to keep reminding myself that I didn't see it, I read it! It was just so vividly described and emotionally well-thought out. There is an element of grief to the story that is very realistic and even though the elements of faith are in a negative vein, the theme of grace and mercy and forgiveness still comes through... very moving story.... ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katy is a maid who lives to read and hates being a maid. Her parents want her to marry Jem who is a gardener on the estate. Charles is the heir to the estate. When he comes home from school unexpectedly he takes a shine to Katy and all hell breaks loose. He ends up joining the army and Katy gets fired. Jem asks her to marry him. Though Katy finally admits that she loves Jem but their life is not easy and the First World War will affect everyone's lives. ...more
Vanessa Wester
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic story which was written beautifully. I have not read many books based around WW1 and this was just right.

The characters have some hard times and I found myself in tears at times, but overall the story was told in a way I could relate to and understand.

Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This past autumn I visited the World War One museum. This historical fiction account of the war was engaging and insightful. The author had a good storyline and also helped the reader learn a lot of historical facts about the war.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the story of world war one. I am really looking forward to the sequel. Great romance and historical information.
Angela Juneau
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed it enough to download the others
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because I'm strongly interested in WWII books and its aftermath but am less familiar with WWI, and I wanted to read more on the topic. This book highlights some of the key themes surrounding WWI: class change, industrialization, changing gender roles, etc. I liked watching how Katy evolved and matured into an adult capable of understanding and interacting with the world around her. I wish we'd had a bit more of Lionel, creepy and pompous though he is. He, Katy, and Je ...more
Mrs Pamela Bluck
A romance with extras

I really enjoy reading a good romance, a story set in the war years and how people managed during this dreadful time. Daffodils has everything telling of a young couple getting married, having a child and struggling through their tragic loss. The stresses faced by family members 'doing their bit' comes across in the writing of this exceptional book. I read of love, unwanted attentions, terrible conditions of war and the bravery of young men and women fighting towards peace.
InD'tale Magazine

Set in England and France in the early 1900’s, Daffodils is a tragically tender story of love conquering all.

Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Bette Lentz
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War story

The book is a story of WWI as experienced by a servant girl. The depiction of the class separation before the war and how this changed is a good part of the story. I liked the story's characters and their interaction I will read the next book in the series.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this book at the beginning. I left it for a while and then came back to it, and it was really worth it!
I really enjoyed the modern views and descriptions of old times.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the strong female characters. The book discussed tragedies that happened in day to day live during a war.
Kathy  Maher
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place during WWI. Katy marries Jem and he goes off to war after they lose a child. Katy gets the letter that he's missing in action and decides to sign up to help the war efforts ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! Interesting to read a book about WWI. Have read many about WWII, and am going to start another one.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice story about the first world war and the impact it had on some English families.
Cain Downton
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non stop reaf

A book you can't put down. Read it in 2 days.
Lots of action and love .
A great read
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that breaks your heart in places. It tells about different people in WWI and the choices they make and how it influences their lives.
Sydney Trimble
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic! felt the raw emotions and struggles they faced for myself.
hilary wilkins
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book I have read this year next one purchased ready to read
Cindy Norris
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this fabulous book about Britain during World War I. It makes Downton Abbey come alive in a whole new way.
Charlene A. Lester
The have and have nots

Terrific book. Well written and easy to follow. This is not one of my favorite genres but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Couldn't wait for the second book........very good ...more
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