Review – Married to the Military by Terry L. Rollins

Married to the Military: A Short Story Collection Sharing the Everyday Joys & Struggles of Military WivesMarried to the Military: A Short Story Collection Sharing the Everyday Joys & Struggles of Military Wives by Terry L. Rollins
My rating: 5 of 5 gargoyles

I received this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First let me say this is not the type of book I normally read, but I’m a big supporter of the military and I liked the idea of getting inside the head of the military wife. Second, it wasn’t until AFTER I read this book that I started reading the reviews (I glanced at the description, but it didn’t sink in that these were fiction) that I realized they were fictional, but despite the shock value of that revelation, I’m still driven to review this book.

There were so many incredible stories I read in here. My favorites, or rather then ones that pulled most poignantly on me, were the alcoholic congresswoman who lived with guilt for her pilot-husband’s death in Vietnam and how she finally began healing, and for the one where her husband is killed while on a rescue mission in the frigid Alaskan wild. I nearly cried as she described the horrible wait for news and then when the inevitable call came.

I didn’t read this in one sitting nor would I advise anyone to try. This is a book you really should take your time, revel in the strength of the women that are portrayed.

One side note, which only added to the illusion that these were actual accounts gathered for this volume, the writing is not that of a fiction author. There is no grand plot, nor (mostly) outstanding dialogue. Instead these are written like you might see in a journal, or a memoir. I respect the author for not trying to show word-for-word accounts of the lives these women lived.

Please – if you have any respect for the military and wonder what it might be like to be a military wife, buy this book. It’s an experience I don’t think I’ll forget any time soon.

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