The Wounded Warrior’s Wife by Hannah Conway is a fictional look into the life of a young couple dealing with long term deployment. Their struggles are the real struggles that many of our military families face daily.
The main character finds herself not wanting to cause her husband to be distracted, but so much of life is lived needing the support of the other spouse. Whitleigh, the wife deals with life and death issues stateside as her husband is dealing with life and death issues in the field. Both struggle to know how much to share or even how to share it when they are together. There is a delicate balance to living independently and yet being made to depend on each other.
The author, Hannah Conway, has been a military wife for 10 years. She knows the day-in and day-out struggles. As she weaves her fictional story, the reader is drawn into the emotional battles–not just military families feel–but others feel as well. I smiled often through the book and shed a few tears as my heart went out to families who have paid a high price for our freedom. Hannah opens a door she has seen and even experienced as she deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in her book. With so many military men and women coming back from combat, this novel gives the reader an inside look at what is crippling many homes.
If you know someone who has served in the military or who may be suffering from PTSD, The Wounded Warrior’s Wife would be a great read. If you know someone who is struggling in their marriage, this book is a wonderful picture of how forgiveness and grace can strengthen a life and marriage. I highly recommend this beautifully written book.