- Paperback: 494 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419686291
- ISBN-13: 978-1419686290
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,683,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mrs. Lieutenant: A Women's Friendship Novel Paperback – April 7, 2008
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From the website MrsLieutenant.com:
"Mrs. Lieutenant was a wonderful way for me to connect with what my daughter's going through - congratulations on capturing the intensity of that experience with such great characters!"
-- Bob Niemack, father of a daughter married to a brigade surgeon serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, April 2010
"I first became aware of this novel when it was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semi-finalist. I read it again more recently. As a former columnist for Stars and Stripes in Europe AND an Air Force wife of 30 years, I love Mrs.Lieutenant."
-- Bonnie Latino, co-author of "Your Gift to Me"
"You realize that not only did you read a good story, but you read one that stays with you on so many levels. When you learn the author herself lived as an officer's wife during this time period, it makes the unfolding story of these four women all the more intriguing."
-- Tony Eldridge, author of the novel "The Samson Effect"
From the Author
The novel MRS. LIEUTENANT took 38 years to be published.
The novel's saga started when I was a new Mrs. Lieutenant in May 1970 during the Vietnam War and right after the Kent State shootings. The experience introduced me to the world of army wives that I would never have otherwise known.
About 20 years later and after I had started the Los Angeles Chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, I told the story of my military spouse experience to two female movie producers. They were intrigued and optioned the story for a movie.
They eventually told me that Hollywood people did not "get" the movie concept and that I would have to first write a book. By the time I wrote the first draft of the novel the producers had moved on.
For another 20 years or so I wrote and rewrote the novel. (It had to be a novel rather than a nonfiction book to protect the people whose stories I wanted to tell.) I created fictional characters and some fictional events for a more compelling story.
Many agents and publishers over the years turned the novel down. But I felt strongly that there was a place for a novel about this slice of women's social history at the beginning of the women's movement in the United States.
When POD (print on demand) self-publishing became an option, I decided to self-publish MRS. LIEUTENANT. At the same time I entered it in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. When the book was named a semifinalist of this competition, I felt vindicated for my 38-year belief in sharing this story.
At the same time I stumbled into blogging and social media for book marketing. From that point on I dove into learning as much as possible about this brave new online world, and I co-founded an online marketing company with my younger daughter Yael K. Miller.
Now ebooks have opened up the self-publishing world even more -- and I'm engaged in publishing more fiction and nonfiction books via Kindle Direct Publishing.
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This book is great on so many levels. It's a story with a number of subplots that all weave together. It's no wonder this story was selected as a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel. I hope more people will learn about this book and buy it. Just reading it made me want to be more accepting of others and even of myself.
I did like the characters in this novel. Kim annoyed me but I had to admit that she was necessary to move the plot forward and as the book progressed I found that Kim wasn't as annoying as I had initially thought. A little ignorant of how the world was, but I understood where her ignorance was coming from.
I wasn't a big fan of the beginning of the book, mostly because initially the book switched focus from one character to the next and it became confusing to keep each character in order. Eventually the book became more cohesive and I did finally manage to keep the characters in order but it was a struggle for the first 100 pages or so to keep reading...as I was confused as to what was going on.
Another thing that I didn't like what physical reactions that each character had. Instead of feeling part of the story, I found them laughable more times then not and they were distracting.
Overall, though, I enjoyed this book and definitely do not regret reading it.
Although this story takes place almost 40 years ago, it is so relevant today. Rank still has its privileges, soldiers still die in battle, and some people still cling to outdated rules and old prejudices. Despite some of the unsavory aspects of military life, this novel captures how quickly friendships are made and how most military spouses learn the ropes quickly and are stronger women for it. "Mrs. Lieutenant" is well written and these four main characters will grab your heart and you will come to think of them as friends. You will care about them long after you've finished the last page and closed the book.
Kathleen M. Rodgers ~ author of the bestselling novel, THE FINAL SALUTE, #1 on Amazon's Top Rated War Fiction