The Military Wife by Laura Trentham||A story about love, loss and starting over

About the book

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?

My thoughts & ramblings

This book was somewhat out of my normal genre. I tend to not really read anything about the military since I do not really understand it and I have only had one family member in the military and that was my Grandfather. Otherwise, I decided to just take a chance and jump on this one because it really sounded good and I am a sucker for a really good romance. I am so happy that I gave it a chance and ended up really enjoying it and the characters. It also gave me a little insight into what military wives and men go through on a regular basis and what their lives tend to be like. It was really eye opening to see the struggles of a wife trying to cope with their husband after they come back from duty or worst case scenario, not at all.

Harper met Noah when they were really young. Harper had just graduated high school and Noah had just enlisted and was leaving for boot camp. Noah could not stop thinking about Harper and the same goes for Harper. Their romance was a whirlwind and it was not long before they were married. I adored getting to see the past when they met and all the time they had spent together, even if it was just Harper’s letters to Noah.

Enter Bennett Caldwell. He is a gruff military man whom had given Harper a significant amount of money when Noah passed. Harper is determined to find out why and so she hunts him down. This is good and bad for her all the same because she gets to meet someone whom was with Noah in his final moments but bad because she starts to fall for Bennett and she is not sure if she is still over Noah.

There are lots of side characters which I can only hope will be touched upon in the next book since this is a series. I adored Harper’s friend Allison. She is one tough cookie and when her hubby starts having PTSD, she has to go through a tough time but luckily she has Harper’s help.

My favorite of all characters would have to be Harper’s mom! She is a real hoot! She is retired and is trying all kinds of interesting things during her free time. Like nude painting, and is always on Harper about finding a man. I adored her and am so hoping that I have half of her energy when I reach her age!

I am not sure if I will continue with the series but I can definitely say that this book has opened my eyes a bit and I will definitely be reading more books based off of military characters in my future!

Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion!

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