Friday, September 26, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - The Wounded Warrior's Wife by Hannah Conway

I had the pleasure of meeting Hannah Conway across a dinner table at the ACFW conference last year. She was an incredibly sweet woman working hard on her story and after hearing about it, I volunteered to read it when she was finished. And then she got contracted! So I volunteered to be an advanced reader:)  She sent me the book this summer, and I read it quickly. Here's a blurb, and we'll chat on the other side:)

Battles Raging Within Are Those You Must Fight to Win 

Whitleigh Cromwell dreamt of a happily ever after with her newlywed soldier husband. Collier Cromwell loved God, his wife, and his country, though military life exacted a demanding toll. An unexpected deployment during the height of war sends Collier away for yet another year. Their lives tumble down a path marked with struggle, and fatalities.Burdened with unseen emotional wounds and crippled faith, Collier's homecoming only increases their trials. The angry, defeated hermit at Whitleigh's side barely resembles the loving, faithful hero she married two years earlier. Concerned about possible career repercussions, admitting his need for help proves difficult for Collier and his behavior worsens. Angry outbursts — and his cold, callous nature — isn't all that provokes Whitleigh to pack her bags. Collier seeks solace for his private suffering in the worst possible place leaving Whitleigh to walk away from shattered pieces of broken trust. Will Collier seek the healing he desperately needs in time to save their marriage, or is it over? Are
there wounds too deep, marriages too broken, and lives so far gone they fall beyond even God's ability to restore?

Can I first off just say I love the names she gave her characters? Crazy little thing, but yeah, it made me like them even more:)

This story opened up a world to me that, while I knew existed, I have never viewed from this angle. That Hannah is an Army wife herself lends a credibility to this story and authenticity to the voice she writes with. It allowed Whitleigh and Collier's story to leap of the page. And the colorful secondary characters only deepened the enjoyment for me.

I loved the story of healing and redemption woven throughout Whitleigh and Collier's marriage. I loved even more the beauty in seeing them fight for staying together when at moments it would have been so much easier to give up. Marriage can be hard. It can be wonderful. It can take twists and turns we never anticipated, and Hannah shows all these moments in the story she created.

And still delivers hope and a happy-ever-after for these two. They fought for it. They deserved it:)

The Wounded Warrior's Wife is a wonderful debut by Hannah Conway, and if you're looking for something to add to your TBR pile, I'd place it right on there. You can purchase it here. But for one lucky person, Hannah is giving an e-copy away! Just leave a comment on my blog today, Facebook page, or even tweet a shout out to Hannah's book and tag me in it, and I'll announce the winner next Friday!

Happy Friday!

Hannah Conway, a Kentucky native, is an Army Wife of eleven years, and a Stay at Home Mother of two. She is an author, speaker, member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and My BookTherapy. She and her family are currently stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. Her debut novel, The Wounded Warrior's Wife, will release this fall through Olivia Kimbrell Press. Hannah has spent many years in ministry working with both youth groups, and women's ministry groups. In her time in ministry, she served two years as a Youth Director, and one year as a Co-Coordinator of the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group at her church in Clarksville. She holds a BA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in History with licensure in Secondary Education. She enjoys volunteering at her son's Elementary School, community service projects, jogging—slowly, gardening, and the challenge of a Pinterest craft. A good book, a piece of chocolate, Chai tea latte, and an outdoor setting have also been known to take her captive on more occasions that she likes to admit. The most important thing about Hannah, is that she's a follower of Christ. It's her prayer that you will be blessed through her words. Hannah LOVES meeting new people! You can meet Hannah at

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