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Recently I was given the privilege to read a new novel about a family going through a new deployment. Of course, I jumped on the chance because I love reading and I love military life! Here's a bit about the book, Alice Bliss, and it's author:
Faced with life without him, Alice must learn to get through each day until it no longer hurts to smile; until she can see she still has a family, and she’s still surrounded by love. A profoundly moving, uplifting novel ALICE BLISS is a story about those who are left at home during wartime and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.
Harrington’s father was a navigator/bombardier in WWII, and both of her brothers enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Both brothers were forever changed by their experiences, and her father suffered from PTSD following the WWII. He was unable to talk about what he went through. She cites growing up a witness to her father’s silent suffering as one of the greatest mysteries and inspirations of her life.
Now my review: I'll start with the bad news - I had a difficult time reading this. Oh my goodness, I hate to say it, as a writer and reader and an extended member of the military. It wasn't the story and it wasn't the characters. You know what I think it is? Timing on my part (being in the middle of another engaging book) and the present-tense of the novel. I guess I'm picky and have problems with present tense. Oh well.
The good news - it was a compelling story to read! It showed the family of a reservist going through presumably their first deployment together. The father with a strong sense of duty, the depressed wife without her love, the title character going through typical teenage challenges, and the fun loving and unsure younger daughter. It was interesting to see the various characters coming together in different ways and dealing with what the military life gives them, and also to see a different dynamic of military life that I'm not familiar with.
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