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Ow do modern military families cope with the fact that soldiers wives have ambitions and careers of their own in the face of an overly traditional military that assumes they will drop everything for their husbands careers #but it all felt a bit didactic and heavy handed I also did not uite understand the # it all felt a bit didactic and heavy handed I also did not uite understand the interest that all the peripheral characters parents grandparents friends seemed to have in the marriage
of Alexa and Dan How exactly did they magically KNOW that the marriage was perhaps in trouble And how and Alexa and Dan How exactly did they magically KNOW that the marriage was perhaps in trouble And how and did they actually think they could do anything about itI have really enjoyed some of Trollope s novels but this was not among them I will start this review by saying I am a Navy wife so I understand the issues faced by Military familiesI found this book to be very true from my own experiencesThe homecoming after a deployment is always difficult the excitement at seeing your loved one again is often plagued with doubts about what will they be like have I changed have they changedThe kids adjust uickly to having their parent back but the adults often find it harder to adjust The serving parent doesn t know how uickly to step back into the parent role etcI felt that the author brought all th. The base unable to break the strong bonds forged with his friends in battle Soon everyone who knows the Rileys is trying to help them save their marriage but it’s up to Alexa to decide if she can sacrifice her needs and those of her family to support Dan’s commitment to his work With her trademark intelligence and grace Joanna Trollope illuminates the complexities of modern life in this story of a family striving to balance duty and ambitio.
CHARACTERS The Soldier's Wife.
Law Vietnam never had the emphasis that soldiers have placed on their re entry to normal service life after an deployment these days
And Their Generations Would Considertheir generations would consider conflict Iran and probably the Falklands which features as minor skirmishes But that would be unfair and certainly Dan s father and grandfather do not subscribe to that view These two are probably Trollope s best creations in this salutary tale although Beetle the dog is particularly attractive tooThrow in a feisty teenage daughter an engaging pair of twins and some army buddieswives similarly afflicted to various degrees with their returns and we have a potently heady mix for reader entrapmentMaybe Trollope could be criticised here for a too pat ending and by this civvy for some over the top army speak Maybe a few of her characters drift into the mien of stiff upper lip clich but having read all her titles this reader like her devoted fans know what to #Expect And Are Disappointed When She Strays From Her Winning # and are disappointed when she strays from her winning I enjoyed A Soldier s Wife immensely When Joanna Trollope is good she can actually be great But when she s not it s a bit of a slog And unfortunately that was the case with this one I m sympathetic to the themes here Dores He’s up for promotion and his ex Army grandfather and father couldn’t be prouder The Rileys are united in support of Dan’s passion for his career But are they really His wife Alexa has been offered a good teaching ob she can’t take because the Army may move the family at any time Her daughter Isabel hates her boarding school the only good educational option for Army families and starts running away And Dan spends all his time on. A reasonably uick read for an afternoon A uick read I felt the ending was rushed Not one of her best ones Felt dreadfully sorry for Isabel A writer such as Trollope can take a reader and place her likelyhim considerably less likely into a groove from page one and transport seamlessly through a three hundred or so pages to a three hundred or so pages to a neat satisfying resolution When on song as she is in this novel the reader will lose all track of time as this skilled practitioner inveigles the reader to care about her protagonists to the degree that there is always an unsatisfactory sigh emanating as the book is placed to one side to deal with life s mundane minutiaeFor seventeen titles this aga sagaist has been at this it must be so second nature to her now Take a group of not especially significant people place them in domestic situations stir in a few pressures to make the threads of life fray and then guide them through the sorting
Out Process To An Aforementioned Ending To Cause A Sighprocess to an aforementioned ending to cause a sigh a different nature from her publicHere the non significant is Alexa chaffing in her role as army wife trying to contend with husband Dan still on a high after his third sortie to Afghanistan Now my father World War 2 and brother in. The “brilliant mesmerizing storyteller” The Washington Post Joanna Trollope illuminates an experience shared by millions of people a soldier’s return to family life causes three generations of a family to struggle with the impact of war on their relationshipsWHAT HAPPENS WHEN LOVE AND DUTY COLLIDE 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 .