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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Molly Monroe: beauty queen, hopeful performing arts major, destined for great things in front of and behind the camera. Molly is always sheltered by older brother Nick, her fierce protector and male role model in the Monroe household. Momma Donna does her best to guide Molly along the right track for a successful career and promising future. If only John Michaelson was not so handsome, so captivating. If only John Michaelson was not such a close friend to the Monroes. If only Molly desired the same things in life as her mother. If only Lieutenant John Michaelson, Nick Monroe’s best friend and the Alpha Company Platoon Commander, could support Molly’s decision to trade her beauty queen existence to be a United States Marine, life would be so much more uncomplicated.
Model Marine by Sondra Sykes Meek is more than a military-themed romance. Meek’s characters represent realistic individuals attempting to adjust to unfamiliar situations while facing life altering events. As a female service person, Molly Monroe is challenged by prejudices within a normally male populated work area. As she strives to prove her worth, she also must sort out her emotions in relationship to family, friends, relationships and work expectations. I really enjoyed the format of this novel, with short reading passages that tease the reader into consuming “just one more chapter.” The flashbacks revealed more insight into the character development while saving time to project the story. Discovering that author Sondra Sykes Meek is a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant and a Project Manager in the Defense Industry proves that realistic based fiction is plausible and enjoyable.