Hey to all. I’d like to introduce to you, Cari Schaeffer. Some already know her and others need to meet her. One way to do so is through her writings. She has her newest novel coming out, the third book in her, “Yellow Ribbon Chronicles Series”. Her First novel was, “Faith, Hope, Love and Chocolate”. I have read all her books so far and I have enjoyed each one. The Yellow Ribbon Chronicles is about a young couple who have chartered a course into the Military life. Now, Cari and her husband have both served in our military and some of what she shares in her books are clips from her and her husbands life together. The story is fictional with factual information from someone who has been there, done that and gotten more than maybe bargained for, wrapped up into the Chronicle Series. If you have never had the privilege to know some of what the Military life is like, known those who have served, or maybe you have but would love to see how someone else handles going through the lifestyle, this series is just what a rainy day ordered. The book series comes from the eyes of the Military spouse and how she handles the home front while the active duty member is focusing on the job signed up for. Cari knows both sides of the coin and brings that into her series. I’m a little apprehensive to read the last in this series because I’m not sure where Cari will take this young couple. I’m not sure I’m mentally prepared to know how things will continue to be. The struggle is real, to get a new read but the unknowing of where it will take me......ugh! Now if you’d like to start from the beginning, you can do so but know all three will be available tomorrow along with her very first novel mentioned above. I feel you won’t be disappointed, maybe an emotional mess, in a good way but definitely not disappointed. 😁 Please share with others so Cari can get some exposure to new readers. Thanks so much!
My copy of Life Ever After arrived yesterday and I couldn't wait to read it! I began reading it late yesterday afternoon and finished it late last night. What a wonderful conclusion to The Yellow Ribbon Chronicles! I absolutely fell in love with Rick and Heather in Volume 1! The characters are real and engaging. Cari gives those without a military background a glimpse into military life and she honors those who have chosen that life path with such compassion and understanding. You will cheer for them, cry with them, and you will laugh out loud with them! It is a wonderful read! This author has truly found the perfect pace in which to tell the adventures of Rick and Heather Johnson. I have one question for her, how soon will you finish your next novel?
What a wonderful way to end a series of books! Cari Schaeffer not only did a super job of being continuous with the first two books, but kept me curious to find out more in the lives of Rick and Heather to the very end. I cried and laughed throughout the book (and whole series) and smiled and my heart was filled as I finished the last page. Magnificent!!!
The series allows you to see some of the many challenges military families encounter. Cari wrote a beautiful story of a young couple and their challenges over the years. I loved the story and as you turn the pages, seeing how Heather has grown. Wonderful story Cari!
I have to say, since I haven’t read the first two books, this is not what I expected. I really didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t realize it was about military life from the wives perspective. Already having a few years in military life, Heather knew how to relate to other wives. Throughout the book, she continues to help make the lives of others better, by just being herself. I enjoyed the book very much with its ups and downs and realistic views of life. For any wife who’s husband is in the military, this is a must read. I think it would help her or him a lot. For the rest, there are lots to be learned also. My rating is due to the fact that at times, I thought it was a little slow. But I am glad I kept on going. In the end, I would read it again.
One reads and hears so much about men in the military, but very little is said about their wives, their families and their lifestyle. Every time a man, or woman, is deployed they leave behind family and friends who carry them in their hearts, worry and concern dogging their steps on a daily basis. Coming home is no easier as husbands and fathers have to adjust to families who have had to carry on without them. It is also no easy task for a wife to have to give up the role she has so ably handled in her husband's absence, allowing him to once more take up his role as head of the household. This scenario doesn't only exist in the USA, but around the world wherever one finds military families. One can only pay these families special tribute for the sacrifices they make. In Life Ever After, the trials and tribulations of the Johnson family cover more than a decade of the reality of a military life and it is handled with love, gentleness and sensitivity. This book is very well written with an excellent flow of language, drawing the reader along in the ebb and flow of daily life. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and was sorry when it came to an end. I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review.
Life Ever After is the third and last book in the Yellow Ribbon Chronicles series. I feel like I have been a part of Heather and Rick’s lives for the 25 years of his service to our country. This series about life in the military shows how it affects not only the person serving but others in his 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. Cari’s quote near the end seems to sum it up perfectly. “It is us, our families, the supervisors, the shops, the squadrons, the commands, the military, and our great nation all together. If any one of those strings is weak, then all of them are weakened. We must continue to work and build strong marriages, so that we have strong families, so that we have a strong squadron, a strong military, and a strong nation.” Truly a wonderful series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
I was totally surprised by this novel about a military family's trials and tribulations over many years. At times I found the story quite slow as the author shares the ups and downs of life that almost every family experiences with the additional "curve" that involves sudden deployments of the career military spouse and often times adjustments to new communities when the family is sent to a new base. For me, the significance of the story is about choices. Marriage takes work, and a healthy marriage is the result of making right choices. Heather and Rick's journey, like most couples are often at cross purposes and threaten the marriage. Rick is focused on his job and has an end plan while Heather struggles growing weary and miserable until she focuses on her own self identity and her family."I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review."
Wow! It just does not get much better then this! Author Cari Schaeffer has a way with the written word, so much so that you are right there with Heather through the Births, deployments, health crisis, insecurities with her husband more away then at home, celebrations, tragedies, so many homecomings I lost count! Such and emotional read! The good and the bad every step of the way! This series spans over 20 years of this families life in the Military! A long but fast paced series! Was hard put down! And this without not yet having read book #1! Of which I will real soon! This series so deserves to be a TV series! Truly an amazing series!
I loved this whole series. It was a well researched and well written fictional account of a military family. As the setting coincides with my lifetime, the details were spot on, even the small ones, chronicling the advance of technology. The people are real with real problems, triumphs and tragedies. I highly recommend this peek into the life of a military family.