This story touched every emotion on so many levels. I literally had tears sliding down my face at several points, a bit embarrassing while sitting in a doctor's waiting room! In the beginning, I was reminded of my own short time with my husband before he left for Viet Nam. Then, I was taken into the world that my daughter has lived for over twelve years as a military spouse; living on base while her husband has been deployed on numerous occasions. I could not put the book down!!! I can't wait to read Volume 2.
This book is amazing and so insightful. When we think of the military, the first thought that comes to mind are the soldiers. It never occurred to me what the soldiers' wives and children go through. I will now be more mindful of the strength and courage that is also takes to be the family of a soldier. Great job, Cari! You captured all of the emotions imaginable and left us hanging for the next book! Can't wait!
WOW! Cari Schaeffer did it again! I did not want this book to end. She painted the perfect picture of the struggles spouses go through during first the few years of being married to the military. I laughed, cried and got angry along with the Heather and Rick. Such a strong example of family whether it be by birth or the ones we make along the way. I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for the wonderful family. Ready for the next one Cari!
Absolutely loved it! I have sons and grandsons who are military and have always had an appreciation for the sacrifices their families make and Carissa book just gave me a better understanding of that. My only disappointment is I have to wait for books 2 and 3.
I was given a copy of "Hello And Goodbye" by the author, Cari Schaeffer, as an ARC, in exchange for a fair review. This is part one of a three book series. I loved the book, but I really didn't like the way the Ms. Schaeffer ended, or didn't end, the story. I don't like cliffhangers.
Ms. Schaeffer is a new author to me, and I'l look for more of her stories. She has a talent for telling a good story. The plot is solid, the story flows, and I loved her characters. They were believable, strong, decent men and women. Her editing and proofreading teams were excellent.
If you like well written love stories about men and women who believe in serving their country, and put themselves on the line to prove it - and their families are serving right along with them - except the families are left behind, discovering, through trial and error, that they too, are strong, then this is the book and series for you.
I think everyone should read this book to learn what the families of our soldiers go through. We thank our soldiers but should also thank & appreciate what the spouse & children go through. I loved getting to know Heatjer & Rick's story. How the families struggle with deployment , not just missing dad or mom but also losing food allowance because soldier is being fed where they are deployed. Our military families should not have to go on food stamps to try to make ends meet.As a mother I have to say this treatment of our military families is disgraceful. I could not put this book down. It made me feel so many emotions from happy to sad to angry & even elation. I felt like these characters were my family & friends. I look forward to reading the next book to see what comes next.
If you are a lover of “sweet” or “clean” romances with well-defined characters, this story is perfect for you. For me, it was a little slow to start – definitely not the sort of fast-paced, high-action adventures I’m used to. But if you are prepared to adjust to this, you will be rewarded with likable characters in credible situations and a wealth of accurate detail. So authentic, it had me stalking the author to find she really does know what she’s talking about! A word of warning – be prepared to experience a whole gamut of emotions as you share Heather’s life as a young military wife.
love in the military is not an easy thing - deployments, hierarchies and harassment, loves far apart and near and dear.
young love might not be enough to see them through - but will the connections of the military life tear these families apart - or hold them to each other, in bonds tighter and more binding than marriage.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
It was a very interesting book. Certainly should be read by anyone who is aware of military families as many are not aware of the trauma that families go through when a husband or wife is deployed and the other spouse is at home coping with all the events or problems that come up, not to mention what the sacrifice of both spouses.
Hello and Goodbye is an excellent read. I thought the characters Heather and Rick were strong and realistic. As an ex-military spouse, I could relate with the struggles Heather was going through. I admire the author for honoring the part of military life that many do not think about-the families who are left behind during deployments and the sacrifices they make for their enlisted spouses. I thought this book was great and cannot wait to see what happens next in the Yellow Ribbon Chronicles. Highly recommended, especially for military spouses. 5+ stars