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Poppy Day

Date Published: 25 October 2012
Book Number: 1
ISBN 10: 978-1781851111 | ISBN 13: 978-1781851111 | Kindle UK ASIN: B009NY4BHM

The Story:

What would you sacrifice to bring home the one you love?

Ever since hairdresser Poppy Day married her childhood sweetheart, Mart, she's been deliriously happy. Now Mart is fighting in Afghanistan, and Poppy is counting the days until he returns.

It takes one knock at the door to rip Poppy's world apart. Mart has been taken hostage, and it's too dangerous for the army to rescue him.

Poppy is determined to bring him home herself. But her journey will lead her to a heartbreaking dilemma. What price will she pay to save the man she loves?

This is a gripping story of loss and courage from an author who knows what it is like to be the one left behind.

A Note From Amanda:

Poppy Day was my first ever book. Poppy is a hairdresser from Walthamstow in East London who marries her childhood sweetheart, Martin. Martin joins the army in search of a better life for them both but things take a turn for the worst when he is taken hostage on his first tour of Afghanistan. Knowing that she wants to find him more than anyone else in the world and not caring about the risk to herself, Poppy sets off on a journey to try and find the man she loves...

Standalone or Series?

Standalone (or as second book in a three-book collection in which case read after Clover's Child and before Will You Remember Me?)

Reader Reviews:

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 April 2013

It portrays the lifestyle, worries and then anguish experienced by a wife of a serviceman on active service in Afghanistan. She refuses to stand by patiently at home like a good wife when her husband goes missing. The book paints a vivid picture of her life and is peppered with poignant and humorous observations. I had previously read 'What have I done' by Amanda Prowse which was brilliant; so moving and clever in its vivid portrayal of a wife's suffering; daring in its exposure of appalling abuse perpetrated by her husband, a figure of authority who is protected and empowered by his high position in society. And I was equally impressed by Poppy Day. The author has the skill to engage her readers totally, drawing them into the story so they feel the pain of her characters. Can't wait for her next novel.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2015
My husband is a former Royal Engineer and whilst we weren't married when he was serving I felt such empathy with Poppy Day. In my mind Poppy and Mart were like the son and daughter in law of my best friend and that made it so much more real. Poppy was such a strong character and whilst her plane journey I felt stretched the imagination I found the rest so easy to read. I didn't want it to end. The episodes with Poppy's Nan were brilliant I laughed out loud. I would recommend this great love story.


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