The Military Wife

The Military Wife

Laura Trentham / Jul 23, 2019

The Military Wife An emotionally layered novel about family loss and what it means to be a military wife Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk North Carolina since her husband Noah Wi

  • Title: The Military Wife
  • Author: Laura Trentham
  • ISBN: 1250145538
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • An emotionally layered novel about family, loss and what it means to be a 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 An emotionally layered novel about family, loss and what it means to be a 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 under foot 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 352 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by St Martin s Griffin More Details ISBN 1250145538 ISBN13 9781250145536 Series A Heart of a Hero 1 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Military Wife, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book January 2019 Most Anticipated Romances 127 books 1,804 voters Best military romance book 261 books 138 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 25, 2018 Zoe rated it it was amazing Absorbing, moving, and incredibly uplifting The Military Wife is a tender, heartfelt story that delves not only into the emotional and psychological struggles and hardships of being part of the military and the effects they have on both the enlisted themselves and their loved ones, but also the patience, understanding, support, and trust required to maintain a relationship and individuality under those conditions.The prose is effortless and well turned The characters are scarred, genuine, and e Absorbing, moving, and incredibly uplifting The Military Wife is a tender, heartfelt story that delves not only into the emotional and psychological struggles and hardships of being part of the military and the effects they have on both the enlisted themselves and their loved ones, but also the patience, understanding, support, and trust required to maintain a relationship and individuality under those conditions.The prose is effortless and well turned The characters are scarred, genuine, and endearing And the story is a mesmerizing tale about life, loss, love, forgiveness, grief, familial drama, friendship, community, courage, resilience, and moving on.Overall, The Military Wife is a beautifully written tale with a lovely mix of hope, grit, emotion, and romance that exceeded my expectations It s an impressive start to the A Heart of a Hero series and I can t wait for the publication of book 2.Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Kindling Micky rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 jan, 2019 read, arc read, chemistry, children, contemporary romance, dark moments, emotional, heat, hero swoon THE MILITARY WIFE swept me up quickly into Harper s life and story Harper was a military widow and what was unusual about her tale was that she was five years down the line from being widowed She was forever changed by her experiences, sad at times but she was also functional and optimistic about life ahead.This story is told in a past present chapter approach Whilst I really did want to be focused in the present and what was happening there, I did appreciate the need to know the story underp THE MILITARY WIFE swept me up quickly into Harper s life and story Harper was a military widow and what was unusual about her tale was that she was five years down the line from being widowed She was forever changed by her experiences, sad at times but she was also functional and optimistic about life ahead.This story is told in a past present chapter approach Whilst I really did want to be focused in the present and what was happening there, I did appreciate the need to know the story underpinning the now.A strange revelation in Harper s life threw her into the path of her late husband s closest brother and Bennett is reluctant to see or communicate with Harper Bennett was a large, interesting but quiet man and Harper was persistent, getting under his skin What develops between these two is slow burning and beautiful Although there was heat, the focus was very much on the emotionality of the connection and this intensity was fantastic.There was a cast of strong secondary characters including another military family who were in crisis, Harper s son and her mother The stories around these characters were strong and interwoven inexplicably into Harper and Bennett s tale This all made for a rich and deep story.This is my first time reading Laura Trentham but I literally can t wait for of this series I will also be perusing her other books as I wait.I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.Reviewed for JoIsaLoveBooks Blog flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 06, 2019 T Rosado rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, 2019, 5 stars, fave author, im not crying youre crying, military, romance, womens fic 5 STARS I ve enjoyed every book that I ve read by this author, but I think I just finished one of her best works to date in The Military Wife Told fluidly in a past present dual POV, this author captures the many facets of military life as an enlisted SEAL, spouse, and veteran The story doesn t get bogged down in the details, but focuses on the relationships and moving forward after tragedy, loss, and grief I absolutely loved how this author was able to draw me in and endear me to the main ch 5 STARS I ve enjoyed every book that I ve read by this author, but I think I just finished one of her best works to date in The Military Wife Told fluidly in a past present dual POV, this author captures the many facets of military life as an enlisted SEAL, spouse, and veteran The story doesn t get bogged down in the details, but focuses on the relationships and moving forward after tragedy, loss, and grief I absolutely loved how this author was able to draw me in and endear me to the main characters, as well as vital secondary characters Although the romance isn t exactly central to the overall story, it s just as breathtakingly romantic as her contemporary romances with equal shades of heartrending In this beautiful story, Trentham has managed to captivate me with each scene and move me to tears, smiles, and romantic swoons I m truly looking forward to in this new series flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 30, 2019 Sascha rated it it was amazing The Military Wife by Laura Trentham worked for me on all levels Told in two povs, Harper s and Bennett s, the novel moves between the past when Noah pursued and won Harper s heart, when Noah and Bennett became friends during SEAL training and then to the present day as Harper discovers that the sizable amount of money Bennett had given to her after Noah s funeral was not really a courage award.Have you ever read a romance in which the widow starts a new relationship, but then the author slowly The Military Wife by Laura Trentham worked for me on all levels Told in two povs, Harper s and Bennett s, the novel moves between the past when Noah pursued and won Harper s heart, when Noah and Bennett became friends during SEAL training and then to the present day as Harper discovers that the sizable amount of money Bennett had given to her after Noah s funeral was not really a courage award.Have you ever read a romance in which the widow starts a new relationship, but then the author slowly destroys the character of the man she was married to That is a huge pet peeve of mine so I was so very glad that Trentham allowed Noah to remain a good guy, the guy that Harper fell in love with And, it s because of this that when I was presented with Noah s death scene and Ben s birth that my tears were falling I almost thought it might be a mistake to have Noah be such a huge part of this novel, but it wasn t I think it made the reader miss him as much as Harper and Bennett missed him.All of the characters were believable, their reactions on target.The Military Wife had so many emotions on its pages, so many feels, that it was a difficult novel to put down I am very much looking forward to reading future entries in the series.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 6 likesLike see review Julie Terrific review, Sascha Jan 31, 2019 01 13PM Sascha Thank you, Julie Julie wrote Terrific review, Sascha Jan 31, 2019 03 07PM Jan 29, 2019 Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs, closed door fade to black, kleenex required, third person, to review for netgalley, blogged, best of 2019 Wow Just Wow I have avoided reading Military romance fiction for the past few years due to my personal experience as the spouse of a former soldier living with PTSD Something about the blurb and my previous experience reading this author made me set aside my fear and request to read it despite my anxiety about the theme To say that I m blown away feels like an understatement This feels like the most honest and real fictional depiction of PTSD speaking from the spouse POV only and how i Wow Just Wow I have avoided reading Military romance fiction for the past few years due to my personal experience as the spouse of a former soldier living with PTSD Something about the blurb and my previous experience reading this author made me set aside my fear and request to read it despite my anxiety about the theme To say that I m blown away feels like an understatement This feels like the most honest and real fictional depiction of PTSD speaking from the spouse POV only and how it affects families that I ve ever read It wasn t just the PTSD angle of this story that blew me away though The whole story and the care that the author took to tackle extremely difficult themes had me glued to my Kindle to finish this book in a matter of hours I felt every emotion that the characters were feeling throughout The anger, the sadness, the hope and love This story was not an easy one to read I cried A lot I felt too much and the pain, fear and anger felt eerily familiar to me, but so did the hopefulness and love and, essentially it s that love and hope that got me through it This is a beautifully written story that I imagine I ll come back to reread often I received an ARC from NetGalley for voluntary review flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Kathryn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 4 star, contemporary fiction, mainstream fiction, military romance Review will follow flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Hilary Grossman rated it it was amazing I felt all the feels with this book A sweet story that has you crying tears of happiness and sadness I couldn t put down flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Alison rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 read, accountant, best friend s little sister, cafe, contemporary, cute moppets, dogs, irritating seniors, military special ops romance, netgalley Harper Lee Wilcox married her first love Noah and has had to cope with the aftermath of his death in action five years ago The only thing keeping her going is her young son, otherwise she is just going through the motions A visit to an old friend, the wife of one of her husband s teammates, leads her to realise that many military wives and widows feel similarly dispossessed and directionless, their own careers and lives put second to the demands of the SEAL teams Harper looks to invest the mo Harper Lee Wilcox married her first love Noah and has had to cope with the aftermath of his death in action five years ago The only thing keeping her going is her young son, otherwise she is just going through the motions A visit to an old friend, the wife of one of her husband s teammates, leads her to realise that many military wives and widows feel similarly dispossessed and directionless, their own careers and lives put second to the demands of the SEAL teams Harper looks to invest the money she received from the Navy after her husband s death into a small business that could provide jobs to other military wives Harper s decision to start a new business leads her to getting in touch with another of her husband s former teammates, Bennett Caldwell, who left the SEALs to run his own outdoor survival training business.How do you know when it s time to move on Harper is a very relatable heroine, down to earth, normal, sassy She struggles with her growing attraction to Bennett To me her slightly contradictory reactions felt very real, the sort of illogical thought processes we go through in real life For his part, Bennett struggles with his guilt at falling for his best friend s wife and the death of a man who was like a brother There s cute kids, huge dogs, lots of coffee, wilderness training, marriage troubles, sorrow, love, heartache, princess stories and hawt kisses.The novel is told from Bennett and Harper s points of view and with flashbacks to pivotal moments in both Harper and Bennett s interactions with Noah I have to say I wasn t a fan of the flashbacks, it is kind of disconcerting when you are starting to get invested in a new romance to be interrupted with flashbacks to the start of the romance between Harper and Noah.Overall, I thought the burb didn t really match the way the book went, maybe that was deliberate But I really enjoyed it, I liked Harper and Bennett, I liked the character development and the plot.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Heather rated it really liked it Shelves reviewed Having read and enjoyed many of Laura Trentham s Cottonbloom series, I was excited to see a new book from her However, this book was very much a departure from her previous books While this book did have a romantic element there was so much to the story From the beginning we meet Harper, a young widow raising a son that never knew his father Harper gave up having a career to marry Noah and then she became a single mother but she recognizes that she has spent the past five years grieving Having read and enjoyed many of Laura Trentham s Cottonbloom series, I was excited to see a new book from her However, this book was very much a departure from her previous books While this book did have a romantic element there was so much to the story From the beginning we meet Harper, a young widow raising a son that never knew his father Harper gave up having a career to marry Noah and then she became a single mother but she recognizes that she has spent the past five years grieving for a lost husband and lost chances So when she sees an opportunity to help other women in the same situation she takes it Along the way she reclaims her life and finds love along the way.This was an endearing novel that focused on many of the issues that military families are facing including PTSD and the struggle to maintain an identity apart from their spouses It was also told in such a way that even though Noah died before the book started, he was still a part of the novel as the author told the story from multiple POV s and multiple time periods Overall, a well crafted story that I would highly recommend flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Tzelina rated it really liked it Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the ARC in exchange for an honest review TheMilitaryWife NetGalley4.5 stars First time for me reading a book of Laura Trentham and I really enjoyed this story Actually this was a great book about military life, from the pov of soldiers and pov from military wives It s s book that struggles with very emotional and important matters such as PSTD, suicide, death, loneliness For me it was emotional, beautiful, heartwarming and about m Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the ARC in exchange for an honest review TheMilitaryWife NetGalley4.5 stars First time for me reading a book of Laura Trentham and I really enjoyed this story Actually this was a great book about military life, from the pov of soldiers and pov from military wives It s s book that struggles with very emotional and important matters such as PSTD, suicide, death, loneliness For me it was emotional, beautiful, heartwarming and about moving on and find a second chance love The storyline was perfectly written It was a great read flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Isha Coleman rated it it was amazing Shelves first reads, netgalley I have to give props to Laura Trentham The Military Wife is not only a celebration of the human spirit, it s also a hat s off salute to girl power Life is a lesson in heartache, but also helps us find the strength to fight our way through Harper, Allison and their friends are a force to be reckoned with Despite heartbreaking loss, traumatic life changes and fear of the unknown, they never stop believing that better days are on the horizon Through them, Trentham reminds us how to be fearless I have to give props to Laura Trentham The Military Wife is not only a celebration of the human spirit, it s also a hat s off salute to girl power Life is a lesson in heartache, but also helps us find the strength to fight our way through Harper, Allison and their friends are a force to be reckoned with Despite heartbreaking loss, traumatic life changes and fear of the unknown, they never stop believing that better days are on the horizon Through them, Trentham reminds us how to be fearless warriors in life and in love They say it takes a village, but these military wives teach us all the true meaning of love flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 20, 2018 Julie Jewls Book Blog rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley, womens fiction Harper and Bennett s story was poignant It was grief It was joy It was rebirth I loved how real Bennett and Harper s feelings were portrayed More so, I loved the way Trentham portrayed friendships Not just between the military wives, but also the guys There were foundations of support when one had the courage to reach out and ask, something that s always easier said then done Harper and Bennett s complicated relationship, Allison, Darren, and their family s struggle with his PTSD, the mi Harper and Bennett s story was poignant It was grief It was joy It was rebirth I loved how real Bennett and Harper s feelings were portrayed More so, I loved the way Trentham portrayed friendships Not just between the military wives, but also the guys There were foundations of support when one had the courage to reach out and ask, something that s always easier said then done Harper and Bennett s complicated relationship, Allison, Darren, and their family s struggle with his PTSD, the military spouses looking to define themselves from their spouse s identities and the deployments and reintegrations the deep emotions coursing through the pages pulled me in from the start and I found myself quickly invested in the story s outcome Military Wife is a departure from Trentham s small town romances, yet I felt this book made its mark with style and I can t wait to see what s up next I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Caz rated it really liked it Shelves arc, aar, romance other Review to follow at AAR flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 16, 2018 Claire Scott rated it it was amazing My Review of The Military Wife by Laura TrenthamEvery once and awhile, an author you love will release a book, that is a slight departure from her previous workand for a minute you ll worry it will not be as good as her other books But then you ll feel guilty you ever doubted them because the book will be one of the best you ve ever read.The Military Wife focused on Harper, a young war widow with a young sonwho is beginning to feel lost, without a passion to keep her mind off of what she My Review of The Military Wife by Laura TrenthamEvery once and awhile, an author you love will release a book, that is a slight departure from her previous workand for a minute you ll worry it will not be as good as her other books But then you ll feel guilty you ever doubted them because the book will be one of the best you ve ever read.The Military Wife focused on Harper, a young war widow with a young sonwho is beginning to feel lost, without a passion to keep her mind off of what she once had I loved Harper, and I adored her mother and it was very clever to jump from past to present, as it gives the reader a chance to get to know Noah, her late husband What really moved me was the fact the author didn t shy away from the real impact war has on those who serve and those who are left behind The loneliness Wives can feel when their husband are away and the lack of opportunities for them to have something of their own, outside of the military was portrayed beautifully There was some real heartbreaking scenes that had your heart pounding, but if the issues involved weren t discussed, then it would be glossing over major issues like PTSD and suicide, and these issues deserves to be at the front of discussions.A beautiful, heartbreaking read, one I will not forget Congratulations 5 flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Luisa Rivas rated it it was amazing I loved this book, even though the pace was a bit slow sometimes I thought it had a great message and it dealt with important issues A military widow is living a blah existence, just working at a blah job, living her life for her little boy She lives with her mother, who seems to be having a exciting and fulfilling life than she is She goes to visit her friend Allison, another military wife, who was her support when she lost her husband, and finds that other military wives are also livi I loved this book, even though the pace was a bit slow sometimes I thought it had a great message and it dealt with important issues A military widow is living a blah existence, just working at a blah job, living her life for her little boy She lives with her mother, who seems to be having a exciting and fulfilling life than she is She goes to visit her friend Allison, another military wife, who was her support when she lost her husband, and finds that other military wives are also living unfulfilled lives, just like hers Discussing options for a business that could improve the lot of military wives, she realizes that she received a huge amount of money from Bennett Grant and learns from Allison that there is no such award as he stated.When she goes to confront the guy, she finds the one man who can jump start her life, make her existence the fun and exciting life that she should be enjoying Problem was, there are guilt feelings, loyalty to a wonderful husband who died serving his country, the needs of a little boy who never met his dad and needs a father figure, and just plain distance He lives hours away from her town, and she needs to establish her business near the base in order for it to work The book touches on two issues that I thought were important One is the emotional state that soldiers are left in when they return from battle Wives try to help their husbands but these soldiers are proud, trained to withhold information and feelings, and just plain stubborn It s not an easy job, on top of keeping their children emotionally stable facing a father who is losing it The other issue that was new to me and no less important is the limbo that professional women get into when they marry military men As a necessity, they have to relocate where their husbands are assigned Then sometimes they won t find a job that caters to their qualifications Oftentimes, they re not given the job they want because the employer don t want to waste time and resources on an employee that may relocate soon There is a lot of discontent because the wives can t fulfill their career ambitions, and many times are relegated to housewives because they are overqualified for the jobs available.In this story, we see Harper setting up a business with other three wives, and plans to broaden the scope to other bases so other wives will have an outlet for their talent She also helps her friend Allison face her marriage problems due to a troubled husband And all the while, falling in love with this taciturn, quiet man with a poker face that seldom smiles but makes her skin tingle every time she touches him I loved that he found love, after years of having no one Harper brought him to laughter and happiness and Bennett brought Harper to the lively and decisive woman she used to be It was an entertaining and informative story, with important issues and a lovely love story flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Terri rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, netgalley Fantastic This is the first book I ve read in a long time that I would have liked to have stayed up all night and finished I m a Laura Trentham fan, but she took things to a whole new level with this book It s a new genre for her and I m pretty sure she will be successful with it.In The Military Wife, Trentham explores multiple facets of military life and the hardships endured by the members of the military as well as their families She does it by telling the stories of different characters Fantastic This is the first book I ve read in a long time that I would have liked to have stayed up all night and finished I m a Laura Trentham fan, but she took things to a whole new level with this book It s a new genre for her and I m pretty sure she will be successful with it.In The Military Wife, Trentham explores multiple facets of military life and the hardships endured by the members of the military as well as their families She does it by telling the stories of different characters a woman who has lost her husband to war, the man who was with him when he died who is no longer active duty and another soldier of the same group who has remained active duty, returned stateside and brought his PTSD home with him to his family.As a military wife, it was refreshing to see the anger of the wives in print Being proud of what your spouse is doing isn t near enough to make up for the hardships, the neglect you feel and the worries when you spend half your marriage alone, or when the spouse returns home no longer the man you sent off Kudos, Ms Trentham I received a copy of this book through Netgalley All thoughts are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Mona rated it it was amazing What Ms Trentham did in this book was simply amazing I loved how she went back to the past where we learn how Harper and Noah met It was truly beautiful, and it was also sad Now to the present and Harper is dealing with so much in her life But she takes the time to help her friend who s a Military Wife It leads her to unanswered questions about a man who her husband served with See what happens next Highly recommend I love Ms Trentham s books This was new and refreshing to read how wa What Ms Trentham did in this book was simply amazing I loved how she went back to the past where we learn how Harper and Noah met It was truly beautiful, and it was also sad Now to the present and Harper is dealing with so much in her life But she takes the time to help her friend who s a Military Wife It leads her to unanswered questions about a man who her husband served with See what happens next Highly recommend I love Ms Trentham s books This was new and refreshing to read how war effects both husband and wife flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Maria rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review My first time reading Laura Trentham and I enjoyed this story I loved how the author handled the heroine s grief and sadness, the slow healing and the sweet yet still a bit painful way Noah s memory was embedded into the new couple s and family reality.Bennett is a wounded hero, a broken man with a painful past I loved this taciturn loner with plenty of inadequacies, although I felt these dimensions were often told than Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review My first time reading Laura Trentham and I enjoyed this story I loved how the author handled the heroine s grief and sadness, the slow healing and the sweet yet still a bit painful way Noah s memory was embedded into the new couple s and family reality.Bennett is a wounded hero, a broken man with a painful past I loved this taciturn loner with plenty of inadequacies, although I felt these dimensions were often told than shown.Noah and Bennett s friendship was poignant and again I was moved by how vivid his character was to me, making me experience, as a reader, his best friend s sense of loss.Good depiction of the military wives problems too.I m grateful to the publisher, St Martin s Press St Martin s Griffin, and NetGalley for providing a free copy flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Debbie Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, romance, adult fiction NetGalley TheMilitaryWife Available Feb 5, 2019Harper Wilcox is a young woman who ignored her own career to follow her new husband, Noah, a Navy SEAL, to a military base She finds herself missing not only her husband when he is away but also something to keep her occupied When she discovers she is pregnant both Harper and Noah are thrilled Unfortunately, before she has the baby she finds herself a widow.Five years later we find Harper and her son, Ben, living near the base with her mother NetGalley TheMilitaryWife Available Feb 5, 2019Harper Wilcox is a young woman who ignored her own career to follow her new husband, Noah, a Navy SEAL, to a military base She finds herself missing not only her husband when he is away but also something to keep her occupied When she discovers she is pregnant both Harper and Noah are thrilled Unfortunately, before she has the baby she finds herself a widow.Five years later we find Harper and her son, Ben, living near the base with her mother She is afraid of moving too far away for fear of leaving the memory of her husband behind.When Harper realizes that her best friend, Allison, is struggling with problems she returns to the base to see if she can help Allison s husband, a former SEAL who served with Noah is struggling with PTSD, which of course is affecting the whole family.As Harper strives to help Allison, she has an idea that might also help other military wives opening a coffee house After all, she was awarded quite a bit of money when Noah died and this might be exactly what she needs as well as some of the other wives A deeper purpose in life But when she discovers that the money given to her was not from an award but really from a Navy Seal who served with Noah, she s determined to give it back In the process, she wants to also find out information about Noah s death The book alternates between past and present, but it doesn t disrupt the story or distract in any way.My ThoughtsWhat Concerned Me NothingWhat I Liked Most This is far than a romance with no depth It is a well written book that deals with concerns that military wives can have, the camaraderie of those serving as well as their wives, the aftermath of war, and much The characters are developed and very believable As I began reading this book, the story caught my interest almost immediately To me, that s an important sign of a good book I m not one to keep reading if nothing is causing me to want to turn pages My first book by this author, but not the last I highly recommend it flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2018 Irene rated it really liked it Shelves romance, enjoy this authors work, galley arc, must review, feb arc 4.5 stars flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Misty Reds Romance Reviews rated it it was amazing For nearly five years Harper Wilcox has been living half a life, when she lost her husband it not only crippled her, but it left her a shell of the carefree and happy woman she used to be Each day is a struggle, she puts on a brave face, goes off to work a job she doesn t really enjoy, all to provide some semblance of normalcy for her young son And while she feels like she is finding her way back, her mother has kindly pointed out on numerous occasions that she still isn t living her best life For nearly five years Harper Wilcox has been living half a life, when she lost her husband it not only crippled her, but it left her a shell of the carefree and happy woman she used to be Each day is a struggle, she puts on a brave face, goes off to work a job she doesn t really enjoy, all to provide some semblance of normalcy for her young son And while she feels like she is finding her way back, her mother has kindly pointed out on numerous occasions that she still isn t living her best life, she is stuck in limbo She s afraid to fully move on for fear of forgetting the man who gave her so much, but she knows the only way she can truly be happy again is to let the past go and to create a new life Little does she know the kindness of one man is about to change everything, his one small gesture is about to give her all that she has been longing for the second chance she so desperately needs.The Military Wife is poignant tale that follows a young widow through her struggle to regain happiness in her life after facing the darkest day of it, the day her husband died overseas With alternating past and present chapters you get glimpses into their lives before his death, and then a present day view, which gives you a vivid look at life after a devastating loss These alternating chapters allow you to meet Noah, watch them fall in love, and develop an appreciation for all they endured with his deployments, much like I imagine many families face in reality everyday You also meet fellow teammates of Noah s, learn how they to are struggling with his death, and gain a haunting view of how facing combat has effected them and their families This beautifully crafted story doesn t shy away from the ugliness of war, or the devastation it brings into soldiers lives, it paints a honest picture, one that will be felt long after you close the book There were many moments on this literary journey that had my heart in my throat, and tears welling, but there were also happier moments that brought smiles and joy too, it s one heck of a roller coaster ride a ride I think every reader should take I am no stranger to Ms Trentham s work, I have read many of her titles and adored them, so my interest in this new venture of hers was very high, and I must say it did not disappoint As a matter of fact I think it is her best work yet, her absorbing words seeped deep into my heart and left it forever changed If there is one book you pick up this year, please make it this one, it holds a touching story of the most unforgettable characters you ll ever meet I requested an advanced copy of this title, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing This was a wonderful second chance at love romance Harper Wilcox has been widowed for five years The man she loved since she scooped ice cream for him one summer in Nags Head was a Navy SEAL They conducted a long distance romance while he was in training and she was in college and married when she graduated Though she resented being unable to use her double degrees in Business and Marketing and worried every time he was deployed, they had a good marriage He was killed in the line of duty wh This was a wonderful second chance at love romance Harper Wilcox has been widowed for five years The man she loved since she scooped ice cream for him one summer in Nags Head was a Navy SEAL They conducted a long distance romance while he was in training and she was in college and married when she graduated Though she resented being unable to use her double degrees in Business and Marketing and worried every time he was deployed, they had a good marriage He was killed in the line of duty when she was pregnant with their son.Now Ben is five She has been sort of skating the surface of her life, working small accounting jobs, and living with her mother who s recently retired as a librarian and begun a second life as an eccentric Her current craze is nude painting After receiving some troubling emails from her friend Allison, Harper decides to go visit her She finds a woman just holding on by the skin of her teeth and dealing with a husband who has PTSD Allison was the first to welcome Harper when she married Noah and has always been a tower of strength Now she needs Harper to be the strong one Allison introduces Harper to a number of Navy wives who are are dealing with the sorts of issues Harper had when her husband was alive.Harper wants to come up with some sort of business that can give those women something real to do She offers to use the money that she received after Noah s death as some sort of bravery award Allison knows that such an award and cash payment doesn t exist which leads Harper to Bennett Caldwell who served with Noah and was his best friend.The viewpoint in this book changes from Harper to Bennett and from the past to the present It tells the story of a man who had no one until he became friends with Noah He was a neglected foster child until taken in at age sixteen by a former military man named Sarge who adopted him Unfortunately he died shortly after Bennett joined the Navy Now Bennett is out of the service and has started a company teaching survival training He fell in love with Harper from the parts of the emails and letters Noah shared but kept away from her because he felt guilty about it But Noah made him promise to take care of Harper and the baby before he died He feels guilty that Noah died saving his life when Bennett was supposed to give his life for Noah s.This was an excellent romance but not a light, fluffy one PTSD, Service wives fear for their husbands and tensions in marriages, grief and guilt are all part of this story But so is finding a new love and making new starts flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 30, 2018 D rated it it was amazing I was given this book in exchange for an honest review I was skeptical when I first heard about this book Growing up a military brat and married to a former marine, I have spent plenty of time around the military I have read a few stories about military life, where the characters especially the service members were way over the top with cockiness and attitude, that it just made the story annoying But this story totally threw me for a loop I loved this story I am typically not a fan of sa I was given this book in exchange for an honest review I was skeptical when I first heard about this book Growing up a military brat and married to a former marine, I have spent plenty of time around the military I have read a few stories about military life, where the characters especially the service members were way over the top with cockiness and attitude, that it just made the story annoying But this story totally threw me for a loop I loved this story I am typically not a fan of sad stories but there was just enough ups and downs in this book that I could not put it down I felt actual pity and happiness while reading this book and I must admit that I did even cry a couple of times during those nights that I was sitting up by myself just trying to get in some chapters before bed I loved the fact that Harper was a smart, book worm type of girl I liked that Noah was pushing for the SEALs but still had a tender heart and wasn t afraid to show it All of the children that were involved that also had to go through the struggles and lastly BennettI fell in love with his character Mister survivor man He had such a hard life, no family and no friends, it was so satisfying to see that someone could see he deserved happiness too Being a military wife is a real struggle Trying to balance life Raising kids, missing your spouse but trying to keep going when you just want to sit and live in self pity Luckily, my husband only had to go away a couple of times and we lived overseas away from family for 3 yrs I knew and met many men and women whose spouses were away for months at a time some were away almost 10 months out of the year Some had even passed away during combat I once took classes with an older lady going to school for nursing She was raising 2 teenage girls, one of them had cystic fibrosis and her husband was a marine who had died in a helicopter crash She would come to class looking so tired when she had to stay up doing breathing therapy with her daughter who was up having a hard time breathing that night yet she came to class I could see her in this story as well, with the struggle, perseverance and success in living everyday life I did also know someone who was a Navy SEAL and died during a deployment He worked so hard to become a SEAL, although I know his family would rather have him with them, I know that he died doing what he loved and for the benefit and love for our country Thank you for letting me reminisce This story brought all of the memories out I am so glad that I received this book to review, otherwise, I may have not read it or been too hesitant to read it and I would have really missed out flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Linda Zagon rated it really liked it Linda s Book Obsession Reviews The Military Wife by Laura Trentham, St Martin s Griffin, February 5, 2019Laura Trentham, Author of The Military Wife , has written an emotional, intense and intriguing novel The Genre for this novel is fiction The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters in the story The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated Some have personal problems they should seek help for.Harper Linda s Book Obsession Reviews The Military Wife by Laura Trentham, St Martin s Griffin, February 5, 2019Laura Trentham, Author of The Military Wife , has written an emotional, intense and intriguing novel The Genre for this novel is fiction The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters in the story The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated Some have personal problems they should seek help for.Harper Lee Wilcox, is a single mom, living with her five year old son Ben and her Mom Her best friend Allison calls Harper for her help Both Harper and Allison are military wives Unfortunately Harper s husband lost his life in the line of duty Harper goes to help Allison and her family and realizes that many of the problems and stressors that Allison is going through, other military wives are going through as well Many of the women can t get jobs, and feel useless They have children and often husbands that are away, or come back with problems.Harper has an idea, and the funds to start a business that will help other Military wives, and give her a sense of purpose With the help of Bennett Caldwell, her husband s best friend and seal buddy, she starts to work on her plan Bennett seems to have dark secrets that he doesn t want to share.I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friends, emotional help and support, love and hope I would recommend this novel for those readers who enjoy a thought provoking story I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Tara Peters rated it it was amazing A poignant story about loss, love and learning how to move forward after a tragic loss Bennett is a Navy Seal who made a promise to his best friend and lives with a boat load of guilt Harper is a widow who is trying to move on with her life, five years after her husband died in the line of duty When her friend calls and says she needs help, Harper runs to her side and in the process, learns that everything that happened after her husband died isn t the truth or the complete story Going to Be A poignant story about loss, love and learning how to move forward after a tragic loss Bennett is a Navy Seal who made a promise to his best friend and lives with a boat load of guilt Harper is a widow who is trying to move on with her life, five years after her husband died in the line of duty When her friend calls and says she needs help, Harper runs to her side and in the process, learns that everything that happened after her husband died isn t the truth or the complete story Going to Bennett to find some answers will change her life, if she can only open up her heart again Told from both Bennett s and Harper s point of view, you learn about their life, both past and present With so much baggage and many secrets that could keep them apart, Bennett and Harper struggle to find happiness with each other A man with no family, a rather tragic childhood, Bennett never felt like he had a place in life With no family, he lived vicariously through Harper and Noah s letters to each other Trying to keep his distance, he shied away from interacting with anyone outside of the Seal s Hearing the truth about what happened to Noah was heart breaking The side story of Allison, Harper s friend and Darren, a fellow Seal, was also heart breaking Working through PTSD throws Darren for a loop, and things don t look for their relationship Learning the difference between asking for help and weakness is tough, especially for men and Bennett tries his hardest to help Darren and one scene towards the end of the book ripped out my heart I would love to read about these characters in the future I received an ARC in exchange for an honest, voluntary review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Danielle Urban rated it it was amazing The Military Wife by Laura Trentham is an emotionally charged book that grabbed me from the get go I couldn t stop crying nor loving the main protagonists Their troubles were intertwined in ways than one Grief and loss, has a way of connecting people together when they least expect it Laura Trentham showed readers what it meant and how difficult it was to be a military wife It made me think of the women who journeyed to the wild west with their husbands hoping to make their future succ The Military Wife by Laura Trentham is an emotionally charged book that grabbed me from the get go I couldn t stop crying nor loving the main protagonists Their troubles were intertwined in ways than one Grief and loss, has a way of connecting people together when they least expect it Laura Trentham showed readers what it meant and how difficult it was to be a military wife It made me think of the women who journeyed to the wild west with their husbands hoping to make their future successful Trouble followed those women and these featured here Themes of sacrifice were not only seen but felt in this novel Laura Trentham has a way of showing readers what life is like for those in the military and those married to military men Hardships such as losing their husbands was a pain that pierced not only their hearts but mine too It was like being there in person as they struggled to move forward Memories of loved ones brought both joy and sadness to those still living Harper was a strong leading female character Even though she was still suffering, she helped those around her who were suffering too It takes strength to do that She was than a likable character And then there was Bennett He too, has his own troubles Burdens that weighed just as heavy if not than Harper s Losing a fellow brother in the military is never easy Overall, I highly recommend this heartfelt engaging tale of sacrifice and love to all readers I received this copy from the publishers This is my voluntary review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Michelle rated it it was amazing Tear jerker alert This story was well told and made me stay up all night to find out what happened to Noah Harper and Bennet were meant to be together but neither realized it until their mutal friend almost commited suicide Noah and Harper were married but Harper was not happy living on military bases she felt useless They met during the summer before she started college and he training to be a US NAVY Seal BUDS They kept their relationshio going for four years before they married Tear jerker alert This story was well told and made me stay up all night to find out what happened to Noah Harper and Bennet were meant to be together but neither realized it until their mutal friend almost commited suicide Noah and Harper were married but Harper was not happy living on military bases she felt useless They met during the summer before she started college and he training to be a US NAVY Seal BUDS They kept their relationshio going for four years before they married Bennet came to know Haroer throught her letter to Noah Noah was Bennets best friend and fellow Seal The two of them went through Hell Week in the military trainig to be SEALS Bennet was jealous of the relationship Noah and Harper had he though hid is well for years to protect himself and his friendship with Noah Upon Noah s death Bennet is forced to keep a promise he made to Noah to protect Harper and their unborn baby Bennet does not see himself as loveable he was raised in foster care from 11 years of age untill he was finally adpoted by a retired army vet It was through Sarge that found himslef Unfortunally Sarge died before he could see Bennet graduate BUDS training Make sure you have tissue ready this story made me root for Harper and Bennet to finaly wake up and fall in love They both loved Noah and through their mutal love they realize that they can have a future together provided Bennet can forgive himself anf Harper can accept changes accept that she is capable of having a long term, relationship with another man Please read the book to find out how they fight for their mutal friend and thereby fall in love themselves flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Christina Montminy rated it it was amazing Shelves arc books, contemporary, favorites, military, mystery suspense romance This story was so beautifully written by author Laura Trentham It was was so well done with a gamut of emotions all running through the story constantly The heartbreak of loss, the joy of birth, the fear of the unknown the angst of PTSD unanswered questions As Harper struggles with moving on after her husband s death on a military mission, life just moves on, on its own as their son grows Harper works an unfulfilling job When she realizes that money received from a posthumo This story was so beautifully written by author Laura Trentham It was was so well done with a gamut of emotions all running through the story constantly The heartbreak of loss, the joy of birth, the fear of the unknown the angst of PTSD unanswered questions As Harper struggles with moving on after her husband s death on a military mission, life just moves on, on its own as their son grows Harper works an unfulfilling job When she realizes that money received from a posthumous award isn t really from the military she goes looking for answers from the man who gave her the money Upon meeting Bennett, her late husband s best friend who her son is named after, she feels a connection but he wants nothing to do with her or the money He made a promise he kept it as far as he s concerned The battle begins with a survival weekend with frustration no answers The connection grows though soon he s helping Harper start up a business on the military base to give military wives something to do Bennett is also there to help out a former Seal teammate with PTSD as he struggles to keep his life family together As their relationship grows we see changes in both Bennett Harper but the true change comes when he finally tells Harper how why her husband died I can t say enough about this book, it was so emotionally charged I m sad that it s over Definitely recommend this book I voluntarily reviewed this book through Net Galley flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2019 BJs Book Blog Janeane rated it really liked it Shelves arcs read and reviewed, netgalley Copy received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest reviewI have adored Ms Trentham s Cottonbloom series, and even though this is a big departure from what I have read of hers previously, I knew I was going to enjoy The Military Wife.And I was hooked on Harper s story right from the start.From the blurb, you know that she is a military widow, surviving daily life but struggling to move forward.An unexpected revelation takes her on a journey that she would never have expected And it is as u Copy received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest reviewI have adored Ms Trentham s Cottonbloom series, and even though this is a big departure from what I have read of hers previously, I knew I was going to enjoy The Military Wife.And I was hooked on Harper s story right from the start.From the blurb, you know that she is a military widow, surviving daily life but struggling to move forward.An unexpected revelation takes her on a journey that she would never have expected And it is as unexpected for her late husband s brother Bennett.Though there is that spark between our lovelies, sexual tension that burns through the pages, this is about the emotions both of them are feeling.And as I continued reading, I just knew that they would be what each other needed to heal.There is a wonderful cast of secondary characters, including Harper s mother, her son and her best friend.And oh the tears some of these stories brought me to Raw, emotional, hopeful The Military Wife had a bit of it all.I now can t wait to see where this series takes us next flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Ira rated it it was amazing This book, wow I made the mistake of reading it while I was waiting for my appointment at my dentist s People looked a bit amused when I snickered and giggled or full out laughed but they looked positively alarmed when I started to sniffle and to wipe my eyesand I thought that I was so sneaky and inconspicuous Well, that s what I thought till I looked up and found,well Okay, just note don t read this book in public Never.I loved this story so much Harper Lee s stubbornness, her way This book, wow I made the mistake of reading it while I was waiting for my appointment at my dentist s People looked a bit amused when I snickered and giggled or full out laughed but they looked positively alarmed when I started to sniffle and to wipe my eyesand I thought that I was so sneaky and inconspicuous Well, that s what I thought till I looked up and found,well Okay, just note don t read this book in public Never.I loved this story so much Harper Lee s stubbornness, her way of looking at those around her, the way she cares for each and every one, her passion, her love for her son andthis love that sneaks up on her unexpectedly And Bennett, whose life was definitely not made of unicorns and rainbows but of a lot of shitty stuff Bennett who opens up to her, Bennett, who was Noah s best friend and who still can t get over his death and the circumstances I laughed so hard when I read about Harper s mum, om my, she is amazing and unique and totally weird in a very good way And of course, there are also the other characters like Darren and Allison, for example, who are very likable and whose troubles and whose pain really got to me Of course, losing Noah wasn t a ride in the park either, neither for Harper nor for Bennett I loved to see those two become closer and to see them share their worries and to see them heal To see Bennett move forward, to trust in others, to open up and to reach out to others to help themwow So, just don t read in public and don t forget to bring a bunch of handkerchiefs, you ll need them And right afterward you giggle and snort and, well, you ll fall in love with this book as much as I did flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Series include Sweet Home AlabamaCottonbloomSpies and LoversHeart of a HeroHighland, Georgia Books by Laura Trentham More Trivia About The Military Wife No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 107, 65, 10, 2, 0 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    1. Absorbing, moving, and incredibly uplifting The Military Wife is a tender, heartfelt story that delves not only into the emotional and psychological struggles and hardships of being part of the military and the effects they have on both the enlisted themselves and their loved ones, but also the patience, understanding, support, and trust required to maintain a relationship and individuality under those conditions.The prose is effortless and well turned The characters are scarred, genuine, and e [...]


    2. THE MILITARY WIFE swept me up quickly into Harper s life and story Harper was a military widow and what was unusual about her tale was that she was five years down the line from being widowed She was forever changed by her experiences, sad at times but she was also functional and optimistic about life ahead.This story is told in a past present chapter approach Whilst I really did want to be focused in the present and what was happening there, I did appreciate the need to know the story underp TH [...]


    3. 5 STARS I ve enjoyed every book that I ve read by this author, but I think I just finished one of her best works to date in The Military Wife Told fluidly in a past present dual POV, this author captures the many facets of military life as an enlisted SEAL, spouse, and veteran The story doesn t get bogged down in the details, but focuses on the relationships and moving forward after tragedy, loss, and grief I absolutely loved how this author was able to draw me in and endear me to the main ch 5 [...]


    4. The Military Wife by Laura Trentham worked for me on all levels Told in two povs, Harper s and Bennett s, the novel moves between the past when Noah pursued and won Harper s heart, when Noah and Bennett became friends during SEAL training and then to the present day as Harper discovers that the sizable amount of money Bennett had given to her after Noah s funeral was not really a courage award.Have you ever read a romance in which the widow starts a new relationship, but then the author slowly T [...]


    5. Wow Just Wow I have avoided reading Military romance fiction for the past few years due to my personal experience as the spouse of a former soldier living with PTSD Something about the blurb and my previous experience reading this author made me set aside my fear and request to read it despite my anxiety about the theme To say that I m blown away feels like an understatement This feels like the most honest and real fictional depiction of PTSD speaking from the spouse POV only and how i Wow Just [...]



    6. I felt all the feels with this book A sweet story that has you crying tears of happiness and sadness I couldn t put down


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