Harper and Bennett’s love story in The Military Wife by Laura Trentham was a wonderful and emotional story rich in family, relationships, heartbreak, second chances at love and taking risks. This story is told in alternating voices between Harper, her now deceased husband Noah, as well as their present and past lives. This amazing story explores the life of being a military wife; leaving home and following their husband’s assignments. In addition, these women are often unable to find work in which they are qualified as employers fear losing their workers having to move because of a new assignment and relocation. Harper Lee Wilcox has been living in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with her mother and five-year old son, Ben, since the death of her SEAL husband, Noah. She is restless, not using her degree and worried that if she moves it will mean leaving behind the memory of her husband. Her best friend Allison is dealing with her own struggles; her husband, a former SEAL who served with Noah, was injured while deployed, has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD and refusing to seek help. With three children underfoot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit's end. Needing to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but also other military wives by starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country. As Harper sets into motion this dream of hers, she crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah's best friend and SEAL brother. Bennett has a promise to keep, taking care of Harper for Noah. Doing this entangled their lives in ways neither of them thought was possible. As her business grows, so does a relationship with Bennett. The love that develops between two allows them a chance for happiness and a family without forgetting Noah, who brought them together. Ms. Trentham wrote a wonderful and emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, fun twitter posts and endearing characters giving Harper and Bennett a chance at having happiness, love and a future together. I highly recommend The Military Wife to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I was enthralled by this deeply emotional romance. This is an intense romance, one that goes right to the heart of survivor's guilt, PTSD, and starting over after losing the one you love. Bennett is the strong silent type, a loner who has never had anyone in his corner before, except Noah. He's not interested in reliving the ghosts of the past, nor is he ever going to allow himself the luxury of leaving his loneliness behind. Five years after losing her husband, Noah's widow, Harper, wants more answers than she got from the official report. She goes to his teammate and best friend, the man Noah named their son after, knowing that Bennett was there when Noah was killed. But Bennett refuses to discuss any of that, despite her best efforts to push the matter. Harper is also starting up a new business, one that would be run by other military wives, who find that jobs are hard to come by due to the risk of being moved to another base at any time. Bennett helps Harper set this up, and together they help another couple who are dealing with PTSD. The romance between these two was delicately handled, due to their shared connection in Noah. It was beautifully written with multi-layered characters and a refreshing honesty about the emotional impact of military service. It's a wonderful story, and I loved every bit of it. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
An emotionally charged book, I was taken on a roller coaster of emotions and found myself laughing and crying, often at the same time. Harper only had one man in her life and when Noah died in action, she needed answers. Not knowing what had happened to him, left her with unresolved issues. When it becomes clear that there is one person with the answers she needs, she visits Bennet who is every bit as taciturn and bearish as his nickname depicts. Although the story does feature the growing feelings between Harper and Bennet, it mainly brings into focus the camaraderie and close bonds of brotherhood that forms between men in action, as well as the sacrifices that are made by the women and children they leave behind. War is a vicious beast that is no respecter of persons. The men and women in the firing line cannot help but be affected by the consequences of killing. It takes almost as much courage to face up to and deal with PTSD as it does to pull the trigger in the first place, as is well depicted in this novel. I loved every moment of this well-written story as well as the portrayal of the characters, each with their distinctive personalities. It appears that a series is going to evolve, but this is nevertheless a standalone with a heartwarming conclusion. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.