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When forty-five year old Ellen Michaels looses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of grey. For twenty-five years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has stolen her hopes, dreams, and innocence and now in mere months will take away her home. She is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Jolly Fish Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Angie
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "When 45-year-old Ellen Michaels loses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of gray. For 25 years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has included her like chattel with John’s worldly goods—his Dependents, Furniture, and Effects. They—who have stolen her hopes, her dreams and her innocence, and now in mere months will take away the roof over her head. Ellen is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and ...more
Rebekah
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was hesitant to read this book at first because I knew it would be emotional. I let it sit for a few months on my Kindle until I was ready to read it. WOW! Can I just say what a powerful novel this was and so brave. Whether or not you understand the military life or not I think everyone who reads this book will relate to Ellen. We've all felt the same emotions that she has of self-doubt, fear, loss, anger, betrayal, love, etc. We may not have experienced the same things that she did but we ...more
Vicki Morrison
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found myself very raw after reading this book. It is so thought provoking and honest. As a military spouse I realized I carry latent feelings of regret, denial, and guilt because of my husband's career choice. That is a lot of baggage. Dependent allowed me to go through that baggage piece by piece in a healthy, constructive way.
The story is well written, engrossing and evocative. There are themes of loss, guilt, coping, survival, strength and perseverance. The main character is
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Tom Dunne
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous journey! The emotion is very raw. I cried for the first three chapters, and couldn't put it down. It gives you the fear's of an airman from the perspective of someone he loves. Difficult to read at times, but definitely provocative. A well-written journey into some of the darkest fears of a military couple.
Mike Smith
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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I want to really like this novel. The premise was very good, but the writing needs work.

The story is about the wife of an Air Force pilot, Ellen Michaels. As the book opens, Ellen learns that John, her husband of 24 or 25 years (more on dating problems later), has died in an accident. The story then flashes back to when Ellen first met John in high school. Chapters alternate between widowed Ellen dealing with her loss and young Ellen and John courting, marrying, and starting a family (not
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Lehua Parker
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dependent, the stunning new novel by Brenda Corey Dunne, is an unusual coming of age story about a forty-five year old woman finding herself after making hard choices at nineteen that set the course of her life.

Ellen Michaels has been an officer’s wife for twenty-five years. Living in the military’s shadow, all of Ellen’s decisions have been influenced by her husband John’s career—where she lives, what she does, and who her friends are—as well as the choices she makes to protect her family.
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Marie Cotter
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew I wanted to read this book from the moment I heard Brenda Corey Dunne was working it. And Dependent delivers a powerful story: from the first all-too-real moments through every page of Ellen Michaels’ journey of conflict to a final conclusion. Ellen is abruptly confronted with the death of her Air Force pilot husband of twenty-four years, her high school sweetheart John Michaels. The story balances between a teenage Ellen who falls in love and the newly-widowed Ellen as she navigates ...more
Dave Strong
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Inherent in a nation’s military is the development of a command and control structure enabling the nation to direct it’s military forces toward the successful achievement of assigned missions. The upside is that given an adequate, well trained and provisioned force, the system usually works well. The downside is that vesting control in a hierarchical command and control structure can lead to abuses… endangering the very missions and lives of members of the military force, with consequences for ...more
Lisa Pomfrey-Talbot
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I had been warned that tissue may be required as it evokes a lot of raw emotion and it certainly does - right from the first chapter.

The story was engaging and draws you in from the very first chapter. I found it difficult to put the book down.

Although I am not a military spouse I lived in a military community for 12 years as a civilian so most of my friends and neighbours are/were military. I saw so much of them and bits of their lives in this
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Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Dependent by Brenda Corey Dunne is an amazing story. I was riveted from the very first words. The story was so emotional and just ripped at my heart from beginning to end. I wanted to be able to reach out to Ellen. This story felt so raw, so real and so heart-breaking. I cried frequently while reading. This is an incredibly well-written story full of raw emotion. As intense as the story was, I found myself wanting to stay with Ellen a bit longer at the end. You owe it to yourself to pick up this ...more
Brenda Dunne
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Brenda Corey Dunne grew up in rural New Brunswick, Canada. She originally trained as a physiotherapist and worked several years as a Physiotherapy Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before meeting the love of her life and taking her release.

She completed her first full length manuscript in 2008 as a bucket-list item and since then she has self-published a work of YA historical fiction
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