Wherever You Are: Our True Stories of Heartbreak, Hope and Love
This is Claire's story, one of four individual journeys taken from Wherever You Are by The Military Wives. Claire Balneaves never thought she?d end up as a military wife. But when she met a young medical assistant, Dave Balneaves,...
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This is Claire's story, one of four individual journeys taken from Wherever You Are by The Military Wives.
Claire Balneaves never thought she?d end up as a military wife. But when she met a young medical assistant, Dave Balneaves, at a naval hospital, everything changed. Before long Claire and Dave had tied the knot and moved into married quarters ? and Claire began to settle into the unique life of a military wife. Moving from house to house, from country to country, often solitary ? in many ways Claire lived as a single mother. When family and medical difficulties cast a cloud over her personal life, Claire had no one to turn to.
But from the moment she joined a nascent choir of military wives, that changed: wives with similar stories came together to sing, and there they found solace and strength. They found each other.
Mere months later, the Military Wives choir would have met Gareth Malone, performed for the Queen, recorded a bestselling album and achieved a Christmas number 1.
This is one woman's true story of heartbreak and hope, and of how the choir changed the course of her life.
Sales of this book will benefit the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, a network of choirs that reaches across the military community to provide support, guidance and funding for individual choirs, but first and foremost to bring women closer together through singing. The Foundation is a registered subsidiary charity of SSAFA Forces Help.
? This is a short story taken from the main edition of Wherever You Are by The Military Wives. Released on launch of the paperback edition along with three other eshorts, this ebook will be supported by the wives and bolstered by the marketing and publicity campaign surrounding the paperback.
? Gareth Malone's choir of Military Wives is a British phenomenon. 2.65 million viewers tuned in to watch them on BBC2; their first single Wherever You Are was Christmas Number 1 in the UK (selling 556,000 copies in its first week and becoming the fastest-selling UK single in 6 years), while their debut album, In My Dreams, went to number 1 in the charts.
? Supported by Chris Evans through his phenomenally-popular Radio 2 breakfast show, the Choir received a huge upswell of affection for their Christmas Number 1 push. Chris has commented about the ?incredible response? the track received each time it was played.
? The Wives? social media presence is strong, with 58k fans on Facebook and 28k followers on Twitter.
? Media interest in the Wives is substantial, with widespread coverage providing a strong platform for sales.