About the Book
A young widow embraces a second chance at life when she reconnects with those who understand the sacrifices made by American soldiers and their families in award-winning author Laura Trentham’s The Military Wife.
Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.
Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children underfoot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.
In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.
In her pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend, and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?
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NICUnurse’s Review of The Military Wife by Laura Trentham
Do you ever get in a book funk? The kind where the normal authors you love to read just don’t excite you like they should? And the plots all seem a little too much alike and you really need something…fresher? No? OK, so it’s just me then. Oh well…. Around Thanksgiving, I hit that kind of funk. Now, I’ve figured out fairly recently that since I review a lot of books as part of a review blog, sometimes reading even my most favorite authors feel like…well…a job. And it mostly happens when things in my life are super stressful. And the holidays this year were like that for me. SUPER stressful So, I was on the hunt for something from someone new that sounded appealing, when I stumbled upon this book. I’d never heard of this author. Never read any of her books. Didn’t even look at the reviews for her other books. I just…jumped. And it was SO refreshing!
I was a little skittish about reading this book because I’m a former military wife (hubs is retired from active duty), and I knew I’d be looking for big errors (did I mention I also edit and proofread books?!). There were none that jumped out at me (or maybe I was just THAT caught up in the story), therefore I was pleasantly surprised! Not only with that topic, but the author also delved into PTSD that military members deal with, as well as survivor’s guilt. Thankfully, this book came into my life after my hubs retired because it truly read like how my worst nightmare would have unfolded if he hadn’t come home safely from each deployment. It seems as if this author did a lot of research (which you guys know I’m quite fond of!) and really took her time trying to put herself into each of her characters’ shoes and look at how each facet of PTSD and/or survivor’s guilt would shape their futures. PTSD has so many facets, and each person suffers in unique ways, it’s not as easy as she makes it seem to have authentic characters with authentic reactions. The same could be said for survivor’s guilt. I’m wondering if writing this story gutted her the way it did me??
This is a standalone book and does have a happily ever after, in case that really matters when you are choosing books to read. Although I am now hoping she’ll maybe consider delving into some of the minor characters’ stories in the future! All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style, her characters, and her voice. While the title makes the book sound like it’s military romance, it’s not really. It’s more along the lines of women’s fiction/romance. And that’s not a bad thing…unless that’s what you are looking for military romance. But even then I’d encourage you to give this book, and this author, a try anyway!
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give this book 5 out of 5 propellers, without hesitation! I loved Harper and Bennett’s story because it was unique and complicated, but in the end, love triumphed. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go read more of her books!
About the Author
An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major–Chemical Engineering–and worked in a hard hat and steel-toed boots for several years.
She writes sexy, small-town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.
When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.