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Martin, Alex


The stifling heat of a summer’s day lures four children to the cool green waters of the river running between Cheadle Manor and The Katherine Wheel Garage.
Al captains the little band of pirates as they blithely board the wooden dinghy. Headstrong Lottie vies with him to be in charge while Isobel tries to keep the peace and look after little Lily.
But it is the river that is really in control.
Lost and alone, the four children must face many dangers, but it is the unforeseen consequences of their innocent adventure that will shape their futures for years to come.
Book One in the award-winning Katherine Wheel Series, DAFFODILS, is a love story, whose tender heart is almost torn apart through the tumultuous challenge of World War One. Katy, a maidservant at Cheadle Manor, longs to escape her narrow life but events unfold slowly in her rural Wiltshire village. Jem Phipps has always loved Katy. His proposal of marriage rescues her from scandal but, after tragedy strikes, Jem becomes a reluctant soldier on the battlefields of The First World War leaving Katy behind, restless and alone. Through the horrors of WW1, Katy discovers only love brings freedom.

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