Really enjoyed this book. Knowing a few people who have been in the forces before the repeal of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ i found it interesting to read and see glimpses of the issues still faced for same sex partners serving our countries. I would have liked to have heard more of what life was like for the partner left at home and wondering just what had happened to her wife and how life continued on for her and her daughter. You get glimpses into their life which you give you an idea into the struggles they faced but more would have been nice.
The issue of service women being lost overseas and being held captive you would think would be pretty clear cut, this book showed it can be anything but…… of course this is fiction so how much truth there to it who knows. I know that the author appears to do a vast amount of research for her books so it wouldn’t surprise me if these issues are real.
Well written storyline with issues that affect many of our armed forces these days, ptsd being a major aspect. It was nice to read a book about 2 women and not have sex scenes be a main focus.
this book spoke to the struggles of a soldier coming home. all the problems and tribulations of going through an interrogation and debriefing. I loved the whole concept of this book and hope she writes another similar to this one. I loved the book and will re read it again.because, in my opinion, you see something new every time. I highly recommend this as a great read or gift .
This was the first book I have read from this author, but it won’t be the last. I loved the storyline of the struggle that the characters went through. I was book from the start to the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has already been implemented but apparently not for some members of the Armed Forces. Especially if you just happened to be on the wrong Helicopter on your way home from Afghanistan. This is an amazing story of a female office who is held captive by Nomad Forces in Afghanistan for 5 years and the life she was forced to endure. She escapees her captors only to find that her country doesn’t believe her story of the capture. The story is one that will keep you guessing page after page and the ending is definitely closure. It’s a story of dedication and love along with encouragement. I found the story to be realistic and believable.
This is a wonderful story and well written. I don’t think the one star review is being truthful – some people will attack anything lesbian I guess. Any way make no mistake, the writing is strong with believable characters. I was so fascinated by the female soldier returning from being a prisoner of war, how many novels give a woman’s perception of such a male-dominated military experience? Her reintegration back into US society and the way her wife has been treated as a widow is poignant and touching. I loved the resilience of the children who accept unorthodox family set ups with an innocence we could all learn from. This is a brilliant book even if lesfic isn’t what you normally choose for a summer read.
And, while this blog is about the FIVE STAR reviews, this FOUR STAR still deserves an honorable mention:
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked it (minor spoilers)
ByCLoon June 29, 2016
I don’t pretend to know much about military protocol workings from within so if any part of the book is “wrong,” well I have no idea. That being said, I ultimately enjoyed this book though I was skeptical to read it to begin with. Subjects of rape and such always make me cringe. Thankfully it wasn’t necessarily the main focus of the book. The book is about Major Marsha Gagliano return home after being held captive for over 5 years.
Like I said, I liked the book but I felt there was a lot that happened but not at the end of it there were more questions. Like how is it that Zabi, a nomadic, was able to orchestrate the kidnapping? Also, what really happened when Marsha was held captive? We get glimpses of Heather’s feelings but never more…I really wanted more and the same with Haley. I know not everything can be answered but I feel the author gives us glimpses and just enough but not more.
Ultimately I liked. I kept reading because I needed to know what happened and to me, that makes it worth it. If you like this author and have read her stuff from before, I’m sure you will enjoy this one. If you haven’t, give this one a try.
Or: check it out on my website and leave out the ‘middle-man’!
Five years ago, Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano disappeared when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Her wife held out hope for her return, but with no word from the army after all that time, she begins to realize she may have to move on without her.
At the embassy in Kabul, a burqa-clad woman arrives at the gate with two young children in tow. The black-haired, brown-eyed woman looks like an Afghan native, but her American accent belies this. She identifies herself as Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano, all the while keeping a close eye out behind her as though at any moment, someone might jump out and snatch her back.
Questions arise regarding her disappearance and reappearance and the army is suspicious. The children are obviously hers. Has she consorted with the enemy? How will her wife react to these children? Will she be able to accept children she had no part in conceiving?
What is this woman hiding beneath her chador? What secrets lie behind her veil of silence?