Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell.But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can't? How much, indeed, can Alexa, Dan's wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfilment to serve his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him, but of her and the children as well?This novel takes a keen look at the home lives of the modern Army. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide, head on?
©2012 Joanna Trollope (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
I heard an interview with Joanna Trollope and an Army wife before I heard this book, in which the author was delighted with the comments of the Army wife that she had all her facts (including the emotional elements) spot-on. I found it an extremely human and humane tale, which gave me great food for thought. Excellent narration, too.
"The Surprise of the Year"
Although I have read and enjoyed many of her books, I only bought this book because I am 'a soldiers' wife'. The surprise for me was just how enjoyable this audio book is- so much so that I have told more people about this book than any other this year. Joanna Trollope seems to understand army life from the family standpoint so well that if somebody told me that she was an army wife then I wouldn't be surprised. Yet the beauty of her writing is that it really isn't about the army as much as about all those careers that regularly separate families and then bring them together, sometimes under stressful conditions. My husband is French but the story could just as well have been set in Paris because the story, the emotions it touches are universal - read it, you won't be disappointed.
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