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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Honeymoon in Baghdad is the greatest, modern-American, romance story of our time.

*Imagine getting married and then finding out you're going to war with your new spouse.
*Would it make you stronger?
*Would it be more challenging?
*How would your marriage fare?

Honeymoon in Baghdad is a fascinating and inspiring memoir that chronicles Heidi's childhood, growing up in rural I
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published May 10th 2018 by Redwood Publishing, LLC
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Lisa Houston
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the book. There was lots happening in it. Very informative on information and enjoyable to read. Nice character blended well with the story.
Tony Parsons
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
10/2000, Basic Training. Ft. Jackson, SC. Private Heidi Ehen (narrator, US Army National Guard, wife/daughter/sister) was pumped & ready for whatever lie ahead for her.
The physical/mental drooling weeks began at 5:00 am of having to do what the DI’s made you do.
Make it or break it, that was their motto.

Daily routines consisted of PT, breakfast, taking on/off your CS gas (tear gas) mask inside a gas chamber, & 3 different phases of training: Red (field exercises, teamwork), White (road marching
Honeymoon in Baghdad by Heidi Radkiewicz is a true story about a couple that in the armed services and were deployed to Baghdad. I learned quite a bit by reading this novel. It explained what it is like to be a soldier in an active conflict far from home. As the novel progresses the couple come closer and closer to the actual war zone. Their division is shot at on a regular basis. The behaviors that are exhibited during war time have made this couple nervous and always looking for problems just ...more
Ania Ray
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad this book was available through Kindle and that Heidi published her love story. I'm grateful for a few reasons for this thoughtful, well-paced read:

1. It's the first time I've read from the perspective of a female soldier and Iraqi war veteran. I feel like I understand just a little bit more how and why PTSD would manifest and how assimilating into civilian life would be so difficult when you don't have a rifle strapped to your back. At the same time, it's because I'm married to my
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting, quick read. I could tell by the author's style that she wasn't a professional writer, but that didn't detract from the story. The writing was good - it just lacked a "polish" in my opinion. It was interesting to hear about a soldier's experience from her perspective. I feel like other books I have read about soldiers typically focus on battles and front line experiences. While there were some dangerous situations depicted, I also learned more about the day-to-day aspects ...more
Kim Gjerde
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book written by Heidi Radkiewicz. It details her meeting her husband in the reserves, how they got deployed to Iraq together and her experience in Iraq. For me, I particularly enjoyed the narration of her time in Iraq. I have two step-sons who both served in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 and they talked about how it was a desert wasteland, but Heidi's writing really brought it to life. I could visually picture what they experienced and found myself very grateful for all m ...more
Cindy Lewis
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good book

I like the whole setting and storyline. It's crazy to hear how life is when you are in the military and in the war zone. Seeing movies about it is different but actually writing about it is more personal. And the struggles of being back home after seeing what happens in the war zone is more troubling than civilians realize. I'm glad both of you are back, safe and sound and have a beautiful family. I agree with the communication being top priority in a relationship because without i
Mark P Hunt
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read with humor, love, and action

Heidi's writing style had me captivated with each turn of the page. I never knew if she was going to have me laughing hysterically, or on the edge of the couch in anticipation off some horrible encounter.
The personal details she shared of her thoughts and experiences were extremely enlightening. She opened my eyes to how I can respond to, and help, the loved ones I have that suffer from PTSD.
Thank you so much Heidi for sharing so deeply!
Cathy Mendenhall
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Good not great. Her writing is definitely not of a professional writer. The book felt more like a string of blog posts put together. I wish there was more talk about the action she and Jake saw in Iraq and the struggles there. Not a horrible story but I was disappointed that it wasn't as good as I was hoping. From a military family stand point, I liked that she didn't exaggerate her stories or try to sugar coat things. Plus, it was nice to read a story about the military that are not necessarily ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was curious to read this book because I thought it would be interesting to read about being in a combat situation as a woman. It delivered on that front. The author told her story in an engaging way. I would have recommended that she just tell the story of her deployment and the immediate aftermath, instead of the ending with quite a bit about the many years of her life post-deployment. To me, the story would have been better contained in that way.
I enjoyed reading this book.
I received a free
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book and a quick read! I enjoyed witnessing the transformation of Heidi from a timid girl, afraid of committing to anything, to a courageous woman, ready to commit to a loving relationship and service to our country. As a civilian, this was a fascinating look at military life overseas. Not only the harrowing accounts of action, but also the humorous descriptions of a soldier's downtime as well. This book is highly recommended! ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly thank you for having all these giveaways during this difficult time, being engaged in reading a good book can make things much easier for us all. This book is fantastic to begin with the title is what had me, i really didn't think that I would have the opportunity to win the book. Again I do appreciate it like all the wonderful readers alike in this community we really do love this forum for what amazing things that you continue to do for us all. ...more
Patricia Ruiz
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and genuine

This memoir taught me doggedness, consistency and the power of love. Heidi wrote their story so well that I felt like she took me along with her to Iraq. Her life events taught me that we really have no idea what it’s like in a war zone, nor the realities of returning back home living with PTSD. It was delightful to read her story and see a clear image of her feelings. Well done!
Old Lady
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was interesting and enlightening. My husband was an Air Force officer and aircraft crew member in Vietnam. He lived in an air conditioned building in a safe area and could come back from a flying mission and be in relative luxury. I had no idea how the truck drivers were living and working in Iraq.
D Dozier
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished the book, I thought I the Heidi's story was full of suspense, I wanted know what happened next! I experienced a lot of emotions while reading the memoir, near the end of the story I was crying. Next I went, to my storage box and pullout the photos of my time in basic and AIT.
What an amazing experience.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book and say thank you Goodreads for that. This book was an interesting read. It felt to me like it could have been written by one of my friends. It an interesting story about life, love, family and war. It's a very relatable combo for these times. ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and interesting story for sure

Great read. Heidi keeps you smiling and wanting to know what's going to happen next. Never a dull moment. She gives you an intimate peak into what it's like to go into war alongside your spouse. A one of a kind experience. Highly enjoyable!
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heidi wrote a gripping novel of love, war and suspense. It details life in a war-zone and the affects it has on a person. I learned quite a bit by reading this true story about her life. Thank you for the courage to write this book.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It read like a chick lit about a woman who fell in love with the perfect guy and served abroad with him in the Middle a east. It was bizarre to think it’s a memoir but there were certain moments where the author reminded you that she was sharing her life story.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. But it was just not my cup of coffee.
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow..what a book..about army life. ..As a girl!
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

Talk about adventure. I enjoyed this book about two people falling in love, their experience of war, their after service life.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great Book!

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Heidi Radkiewicz (an Army veteran) was born and raised in rural Iowa (where most of her family & friends assumed she'd be a lifer while living alone with a bunch of dogs, in the country, among cornstalks & beans) but she raised her kids in the Chicagoland area (happened to live across the street from cornstalks & beans) where she was a homemaker (no one, including Heidi, would have ever foreseen t ...more

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