Book Review On “The Military Wife” By Laura Trentham @StMartinsPress

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?

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for gifting me an E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

I am a military spouse, I’ve gone through deployments, trainings, the absent spouse, the PTSD. I am invested in Allison, and I can relate to almost everything she went through.

Maybe because of my ties to the Military Spouse Network, reading this book made me a bit bias. However, I think the Author did a fantastic job capturing the daily struggles, the fears, the emotions, and the crippling nature of losing someone you love.

I enjoyed her writing style, and the descriptive nature of it. I am not much of a Contemporary reader, so I find these harder to review. I think this was a quality book, and I hope to see many other readers pick it up.