So often the “support our military” campaigns do a great job of focusing on the service members but overlook the families. “Military Madness” tells the story of what service means to the spouses and children of those serving on active duty in the armed forces.
This book, the second in the Yellow Ribbon Chronicles trilogy, opens at a dark time in Heather’s life, then moves quickly forward through the ups and downs faced by military families. Written in first-person, present tense, this novel reads like the personal journal of an Air Force wife. It's set primarily in the late 1990s and concludes in 2001. Each chapter includes a date; as you read, you'll likely recall what you were doing when certain national and world events were occurring, and that will bond you to the Johnson family.
If you enjoyed the television series “Army Wives,” you’ll enjoy this story of adjusting, surviving and even thriving in the challenging world of a military wife and mother.
I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book did a great job of showing what families of active duty military go through. Heather is struggling to raise their children while Rick is deployed. Once he gets home things slowly start to return to normal. However, there are twists and turns throughout this book. Deployments, transfer orders, and involvement in activities to assist a spouse's career are all normal for military families. The author did a great job at bringing military life to her readers. I did find the book moved a little slow at times but overall a good book. The scene where Rick explained to his children why he would miss their birthdays hit me in the gut because I had that same type of conversation with my dad when he deployed.
This is a story of life in the military and how it affects not only the person serving, but others in the family as well. I had no idea of all the procedures to be faced and pressures put on the family members. It made me really consider the sacrifices being made by all to protect our country. The scene with Rick explaining why he wouldn’t be at his son’s and daughter’s birthday was insightful and touching. I received an ARC for an honest review.
Cari is indeed a wonderful writer. She makes the stories and characters of military life come to life. For some, military life is a big secret. This book continued to explain how someone adjusts to military life, from one female spouse's perspective. I was worried about there not being any female military people, especially because she once served herself, but then she alleviated that concern. I read it all in one day because I wanted to find out how it ended. I stayed up until well after midnight just to finish the book!