I’m going to be up front with you right now and tell you I’m not a reader of fiction. I used to be. I was a voracious reader until I started writing. Then, the desire to read any kind of fiction just left me. I do enjoy movies, and I think they provide me with creative fuel a lot of other authors get by reading.
So, when Hannah Conway, a soldier’s wife who commissioned me to speak to her MOPS group, asked me to read the first chapter of The Wounded Warrior’s Wife, I inwardly groaned. However, something compelled me to agree to read it. Three pages in, I called my husband, Gregg, and told him that our press, Olivia Kimbrell Press, had to publish her.
I believe God places people in our lives in His perfect timing. I believe without a doubt that Hannah was placed in our life with this book so that you could read it today.
Like I said, I’m not a reader. But, six chapters into this book, I was sobbing. Sobbing.
We are a nation who has been at war for 13 years. It’s very easy for me to sit in the comfort and security of my home and dismiss that, or not understand the impact of that statement. 13 years. For more than a decade, we’ve been sending men and women to the battlefield. As the wife of a veteran of two wars whose husband is currently still in the military, I can tell you that is not a small thing. What these men and women in our military experience, what they see, what they survive — more often than not, the person you kissed goodbye is not the same person you welcomed home.
But the way our society works, as military spouses, we often feel so isolated and alone. We think that no one else’s husband or wife is suffering the way we are, is experiencing the things we experience — we feel like no one else can understand what we’re going through.
Hannah Conway BRILLIANTLY gives us the story of Collier and Whitleigh Cromwell and beautifully tells us that we’re not alone, and that we can get through destruction of war and find courage and strength for the healing process.
I’m imploring you to read this book. Read it. You will be so happy you did.
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