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The Military Wife

(Heart of a Hero #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  362 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Julie
“Life has a way of giving us what we need at the right time.”

Those who know me best know there’s nothing that can ramp-up the pitter-patter of my heart like a connection that leads to the exchange of a particular four-letter word. What can I say, I’m a lover of love. A hopeless romantic. A sappy gal.

What I find unfortunate is the stigma surrounding the romance genre or the assumption that storylines with a heavy focus on love—like this one—lack substance. The bewitching and emotional aspect
The Military Wife by Laura Trentham is a 2019 St. Martin’s Griffin publication.

A moving story with a beautiful and emotional love story!

Harper is a war widow, raising her son, Ben, alone. Noah has been gone five years now, and Harper is hoping to start her own business by opening coffee shops located near military bases, which also helps to provide jobs for military wives.

Allison is Harper’s best friend, helping her with the new business, while also coping with her husband’s dangerous and ter
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
To quote one of the characters, This Was A Whammy!!

I went into this book with much trepidation. As a twenty-seven year military wife, I had read too many stories and watched too many tv shows about military wives depicting them in over the top, very unlikely situations.

Luckily, the storyline was not only plausible, but totally unexpected!

Going in totally blind, I admit to building up quite a few preconceived notions. Geez ... I was so far off “base” (just having a little fun with this military
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“He’s been gone five years, sweetheart, and you haven’t gone on so much as a date.” “That’s not true. I went to lunch with Whit a few weeks ago.” “He was trying to sell you life insurance. Doesn’t count.”

He got out a pot and pulled down three cans. She moved close enough to see two were chili and one was dog food. She hoped she rated the chili.

Without thinking beyond the moment, she scooched closer and put her arm around him from behind. It was like hugging a gargoyle, and she ha
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Military Wife by Laura Trentham is the first book of the contemporary romance A Heart of a Hero series. As once may guess from the title/series this one is centered around our military with the main character having lost her husband as he served.

Harper Lee Wilcox lost her husband, Noah, five years before while he was on active duty in the military. Harper had been a college graduate that struggled with being a military wife with whom employers would pass over knowing that the husband could m
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absorbing, moving, and incredibly uplifting!

The Military Wife is a tender, heartfelt story that delves not only into the emotional and psychological struggles and hardships of being part of the military and the effects they have on both the enlisted themselves and their loved ones, but also the patience, understanding, support, and trust required to maintain a relationship and individuality under those conditions.

The prose is effortless and well turned. The characters are scarred, genuine, and e
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin'S Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Yes, this is a romancey type story, but it is first and foremost an exploration of the effects of PTSD on the home front and how it affects both those serving and their families. I felt all the characters were relateable and I just couldn't put this story down. Alison and Harper's relationship reminded me very much of the show Army Wives which I loved so much. As the storyline alternates between the past
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Military Wife by Laura Trentham

Touching, heartbreaking Military romance that will leave you sighing in happiness that these two were able to find love and help heal each other.
I wish that PTSD wasn’t so common or individualized. Books like this help bring awareness.

Alternating chapters to the past. Those chapters aren’t in sequence but rather based on the current storyline being told.

The whole story is poignant. Often touching or sad but ultimately love prevails and happiness (at least for
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a beautiful and uplifting story!

What I loved about this story? Yes, it's a romance but it takes a dive into the challenging and heartbreaking side of being apart of a close loved one that belongs in the military. The author explores what turmoil it effects those that are enlisted but also the trust, love, compassion, and patience that is required to maintain a relationship.

The writing is absolutely breathtaking and the words flow beautifully across the pages. The characters are r
Kate Olson
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
(free review copy from publisher) Military stories are ones I definitely want in the world, especially stories like this one - about PTSD and the hardships that military families face, but until recently I haven't actually been able to read them. Due to a personal reason, the stories have either been way too close to home, or infuriate me by romanticizing something that isn't romantic in the least. With time being a healer, I just this winter have been able to read stories like this one, and am ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR.

Laura Trentham’s The Military Wife is a poignant, gently moving story that explores the various facets of military life as faced by the families of servicemen and women, who have to deal with challenges just as complex and difficult as their enlisted loved ones. It’s an entertaining and informative story in which the author examines serious issues such as depression and PTSD, and looks as well at the difficulty of putting down roots, holding down jobs and maintaining c
T. Rosado


I've enjoyed every book that I've read by this author, but I think I just finished one of her best works to date in The Military Wife. Told fluidly in a past/present dual POV, this author captures the many facets of military life as an enlisted SEAL, spouse, and veteran. The story doesn't get bogged down in the details, but focuses on the relationships and moving forward after tragedy, loss, and grief. I absolutely loved how this author was able to draw me in and endear me to the main ch
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
Wow. Just. Wow.

I have avoided reading Military romance/fiction for the past few years due to my personal experience as the spouse of a former soldier living with PTSD. Something about the blurb and my previous experience reading this author made me set aside my fear and request to read it despite my anxiety about the theme. To say that I’m blown away feels like an understatement. This feels like the most honest and real (fictional) depiction of PTSD (speaking from the spouse POV only) and how i
Bookphenomena (Micky)
THE MILITARY WIFE swept me up quickly into Harper's life and story. Harper was a military widow and what was unusual about her tale was that she was five years down the line from being widowed. She was forever changed by her experiences, sad at times but she was also functional and optimistic about life ahead.

This story is told in a past/present chapter approach. Whilst I really did want to be focused in the present and what was happening there, I did appreciate the need to know the story underp
Deanne Patterson
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read other books by this author and was used to reading her writing style in that genre but now she has written her debut Women's fiction novel. It's also my first read of a military/ Navy Seal type book. Being that I've never read this type of book before I wasn't really sure what to expect. My son is a police officer and he tells me about this job all the time so I kind of knew what to expect I guess. The story took me by surprise as I liked it alot more than I thought I would and I wil ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

5 "Eventually, everything was okay." Stars

Great women's fiction novel about a widowed military wife and the solace she finds in discovering the nuances of their life together. Laura Trentham toggles between the past and present of the the male and female protagonists creating a story full of love, friendship, and hope through unthinkable tragedy. It's a slow burn romance. It's a tribute to the men and women who serve this country. It's a book about a woman who perseveres and wants other to find
Wonderfully written saga addressing some of the realities that the spouses/families that remain behind when their partners/parent go off to serve their country face. This is told from the view point of one of "The Military Wife". When a family member serves, the entire family serves too, each in their own way. We find out about the loneliness, lack of jobs outside the home, depression, guilt, etc. that the partners of deployed troops deal with. It is a difficult dynamic to make work.

The characte
Richelle Robinson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

“I received a review copy from NetGalley and voluntarily provided an honest review. This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review.’

Harper has been alive but not really living ever since her husband, Noah, died. Noah was a Navy Seal and Harper’s life pretty much revolved around him and his career and then their child. Fast forward 5 years later and Harper is feeling unfulfilled and decides to open up a coffee house to give the other military wives and herself something
Anne OK
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I've had this one on my book shelf for several months. It has landed in my hands a few times, but didn't hold my attention. I don't know what kept me setting it aside after no more than ten pages -- very unlike me. Once I pick up a book, I most always see it through to the end. Finally, at the beginning of this week I once again re-started this one -- and read from the first page through to the end.

And now I'm having difficulties putting into words a review. Going to take a day or two and think
Right from the first page I was hooked into this story that explores military life from so many different viewpoints. Firstly the men themselves, then the women who love them and the children in the family.  Military men are tough but they are also human, Laura Trentham explores PTSD, grief and loss, women who worry about their men and children who have either lost a parent to war or must tiptoe around because their dad just isn't who he once was.

Harper Wilcox is a wonderful Mom to Ben. She has
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Military Wife by Laura Trentham worked for me on all levels. Told in two povs, Harper's and Bennett's, the novel moves between the past when Noah pursued and won Harper's heart, when Noah and Bennett became friends during SEAL training and then to the present day as Harper discovers that the sizable amount of money Bennett had given to her after Noah's funeral was not really a courage award.

Have you ever read a romance in which the widow starts a new relationship, but then the author slowly
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Military Wife is not my usual kind of books. I rarely read contemporary romance books. However, I found the blurb to be intriguing. So, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and read a book about getting a second chance of happiness.

I did find the story to be quite good and I loved the idea of the military wives starting a coffeehouse (who doesn't love coffeehouses?). Since this is the first book in a series have I a feeling that this coffeehouse may serve as a center for the stories. Any
Kris - My Novelesque Life
DNF @52%
2019; St. Martin's Griffin/St. Martin's Press

I am a huge fan of Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series so I was excited to see she had a new series about Military families. I was having a hard time getting into the story, I stopped and started a few times before I finally gave up at 52% of the novel. Yes, romance novels are predictable but I love that as when I want to read a romance I am looking for a happy ending. While the ending is the same the journey that gets us there is what keeps u
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley

I have always respected and admired the bravery of soldiers but after reading THE MILITARY WIFE by Laura Trentham that respect has tripled and not only for those brave men and women willing to sacrifice it all for their country, but also their families who are so brave in their own right.

It has been five years since Harper Wilcox lost her husband Noah, a SEAL, but she has gotten through it with her beautiful boy and her beloved mum by her side. But
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the ARC in exchange for an honest review**TheMilitaryWife #NetGalley

4.5 stars! First time for me reading a book of Laura Trentham and I really enjoyed this story !!
Actually this was a great book about military life, from the pov of soldiers and pov from military wives!! It's s book that struggles with very emotional and important matters such as PSTD, suicide, death, loneliness!! For me it was emotional, beautiful, heartwarming and about m
Hilary Grossman
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt all the feels with this book. A sweet story that has you crying tears of happiness and sadness. I couldn't put down! ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Teresa by: Bookphenomena (Micky)
So much thanks to my friend Micky for alerting me to this book that I might never have known about otherwise. This book, these characters, grabbed me almost immediately. The way the story unfolded and allowed us to meet characters in the past and present and see how their stories developed added another layer of emotion. I felt connected not just to Harper and Bennett's stories, but I also felt connected to multiple background characters. It was truly a journey that made me both cry and my heart ...more
Harper and Bennett’s story was poignant. It was grief. It was joy. It was rebirth. I loved how real Bennett and Harper’s feelings were portrayed! More so, I loved the way Trentham portrayed friendships. Not just between the military wives, but also the guys. There were foundations of support when one had the courage to reach out and ask, something that’s always easier said then done.

Harper and Bennett’s complicated relationship, Allison, Darren, and their family’s struggle with his PTSD, the mi
Bette Hansen
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely amazing story of the strength, determination and fortitude it takes to be a spouse of our military personnel. I'm going to keep this short because I want you to experience all the goodness this story has to offer as it unfolds on the pages before you. I don't want to give anything away. Just know this, the writing is exceptional and the characters are strong and well developed with flashes into the past to give us their full story. This one needs to go on the must read lis ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Military Wife follows Harper Lee who was a widowed at a very young age. Since the death of her husband, Noah, she has managed to pull herself together for the sake of her son but she had not truly moved on with life. While spending time with her troubled friend Allison, who had been a rock for her when she needed one, Harper realized that many women had the same struggles with being a military wife that she had and that she could help both herself and them have a purpose again by creating a ...more
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