My Military Life is going to start doing some book reviews. This book came up first, and after a busy month of running around I finally sat down to read it.
After 17 years as an Army spouse, you would think I would have read my fair share of books written for military spouses. I haven’t; I have probably read three while I sat in the PX waiting for customer service to call my number. So when I had the chance to review Now You Tell Me, 12 Army Wives Give the Best Advice They Never Got, I was interested but not sure I could learn anything new. It was not the best attitude to go into it, I admit.
I was pleasantly surprised. This book was an easy read, filled with great information, and I did get a lot out of it. The twelve chapters are written by twelve spouses speaking on different topics. The most interesting parts to me were spouses speaking about things on which I had no experience – imagine that! I thought the dual military spouse had fantastic information on family care plans and deploying with kids. I will also take the advice about what room to unpack first the next time I PCS; it is not what you might think. At the end of the book they have some great charts with commonly used abbreviations, ranks, units, military time, and 16 ways to help military families feel appreciated.
I would recommend this book, especially to new spouses, though any Army spouse would get something out of it. I think this would also make a great gift to a friend or a family member who wants to understand what you’re talking about! Check it out if you’re looking for information from different perspectives and not just one chick telling you how she does it. Then send me your favorite mil spouse book to read! I have some catching up to do.
*I received a copy of this book to review and the opinions are my own.
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