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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
The setting is 1970, Fort Knox, KY, the Vietnam era. Kim, Donna, Sharon and Wendy were unlikely friends. They had little in common. They came from diverse backgrounds and had very different personalities. Yet these four women join, sharing strength and support for each other. Their husbands are enrolled in nine weeks of officer training.
Sharon is an unlikely officer’s wife. She was protesting the war when she met her handsome husband. Wendy is a black woman. In the past, her parents sheltered her from racial prejudice; now she is forced to meet bigotry head on. Donna was an army brat. Kim’s husband is extremely jealous. Over a short nine weeks, their friendship grows.
Phyllis Zimbler Miller draws from her own experiences as a Mrs. Lieutenant and creates a fascinating tale of an era I well remember. It was an uncertain time with emotions drawn tight by the war. The officers’ wives served their country and citizens just as loyally as their husbands did. “It has been said that when a man acquits a commission the government has gained not one but two the officer and his wife.” Miller weaves the voices of each woman into alternating chapters. Miller is a talented writer. The title of this book hints at more books to come, I can only hope. Fans of history and drama will enjoyMrs. Lieutenant.