Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Military Wife (#1 A Heart of a Hero) Laura Trentham

Laura Trentham 

Publication Date 
5 February 2019 

Military Contemporary Romance 

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?

4 Stars

This is one of the most realistic books which I have read about men serving their countries, coming home and struggling with civilian life whilst trying to cope with PTSD.

Harper is a single mother to five year old Ben, after losing her husband Noah to deployment. She lives with her mother and concentrates on giving her son a happy childhood. 

Bennett didn't have a happy upbringing and his time with the SEAL has left him with a lot of physical and emotional scars. He is a loner. 

Bennett made a promise to his best friend Noah, before he died and as far as he is concerned he has fulfilled his promise, but Harper wants answers. Answers that will give her closure. She approaches Bennett who has the answers. He is not forward in delving into the past. What she doesn't expect is the mutual attraction that develops between them.

Harper isn't totally happy with her life which has turned into a tedious routine. Her best friend Alison who herself is trying to cope with a husband, his PTSD and three children encourages her to get more involved with the military wives. They see an opportunity to involve the army wives whilst helping the Wounded Warriors. Bennett gets involved with the business as he himself, runs a business involving ex servicemem. The more time they spend together, the more they become attracted to each other. Can Bennett and Harper get involved in view of their relationships with Noah? 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Bennett and Harper complement each other very well. Alison and all the other military wives add more realism to the story. It highlights the bond amongst the ex SEAL and how they support each other. It's a beautiful story about grief, love and loyalty. I would recommend this book to readers of all genres. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC from Netgalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major - Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether it's Regency England or small town Alabama.

My first two Falcon Football books received TOP PICKS from RT Book Reviews and a STARRED review from Library Journal. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest and was a finalist for the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist of the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. TILL I KISSED YOU Book 3, is a finalist for the Maggie Award. And, LEAVE THE NIGHT ON Book 4, was named an iBooks Best Book of August and was featured on NPR! ​WHEN THE STARS COME OUT was named a Best Romance of February by Amazon!

It's February in South Carolina! Days are either super cold or so warm it make you think about spring. Yesterday I walked the dog in shorts and worked up a sweat. Lots of writing related stuff going on here... In just a few days (February 5th, to be exact) my first Women's Fiction book releases! THE MILITARY WIFE got a STARRED review from Publisher's Weekly!! That was a bucket list item for sure. Early reveiws have been *amazing* and a big thanks to everyone who has read and loved it. A tiny review excerpt...

"Trentham expertly addresses PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and falling in love after a tremendous loss with an empathy that rings true. It’s impossible to finish this remarkable book without shedding tears." Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

In addition, I have finished edits on A HIGHLANDER WALKS INTO A BAR, Book 1 in the Highland, Georgia series. It's a little different from anything I've written. Even though it is a small town romance like Cottonbloom, it veers more lighthearted and comedic. Look for it July 30th.

I've also finished the second Heart of a Hero book, Title TDB. It's not related to The Military Wife except that it is an emotional book about the sacrifices our military and families go through. It will will release Winter/Spring 2020.

Still in the works is the next Regency in the Spies and Lovers series, A SINFUL SURRENDER! Basically, I need a writing clone...

 I'll have lots of covers to share with my reader group first! Come JOIN.

I would love to hear from you...  Happy Reading!!