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A Summer Reading List, with A Military Twist

There’s something about the summertime though, that just makes you want to laze around in a hammock, sipping lemonade with a good book.   While most of us live in reality, the one without the hammock and the lemonade, we can still slip away and lose ourselves in a good book.  Before the summer winds down I would recommend losing yourself in a good book; and if you need somewhere to start here’s a couple of my most recent favorites.

Navy Husband, by Debbie Macomber – Number 6 in Debbie Macomber’s Navy Series.  When Ali, a Navy nurse, is sent on assignment she leaves her daughter in her sister’s care. When she asks a friend of her late husband, Adam Kennedy, to look in on them the Lieutenant Commander meets his match (and his matchmaker!).

Mission: Motherhood, by Marta Perry – Part of the Love Inspired collection. Overnight, Caitlyn Villard becomes mother to twin five-year-olds. Her darling nieces are orphaned, their parents, fallen soldiers. So Caitlyn trades New York City for Prairie Springs, Texas, the small military town she’d run from at first chance. Loving the girls is easy. Learning how to be a slow-paced soccer mom is not. Which is where handsome army chaplain Steve Windham steps in. Just in time to show Caitlyn that sometimes you find the man–and life–of your dreams where you least expected

Fearless: The Heroic Story of One Navy SEAL’s Sacrifice in the Hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the Unwavering Devotion of the Woman Who Loved Him, by Eric Blehm – For those looking for a little more meat in their summer read, this biographical story of Navy SEAL, Adam Brown. FEARLESS is the story of a man of extremes, whose determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

Navy Rules, by Geri Krotow – Navy Rules was my very first experience with military non-fiction and romance.  I was hooked.  The author, Geri Krotow is not only a Navy wife, but a Navy veteran as well.  That makes such a great combination when writing books like these.  The second in this series, which takes place on Whidbey Island, was just recently released.

“Wounded during a military rescue, Commander Max Ford returns to a naval base on Whidbey Island to recover. And part of his treatment involves working with a therapy dog. Max is surprised to learn that the dog’s owner is Winnie Armstrong, widow of his closest friend. She and Max were close in those months following her husband’s death. But they drifted apart, until that one night two years ago. The night friendship turned to passion. Now he’s even more shocked to learn that Winnie has been keeping a secret from him. A baby girl-his daughter. It’s even more important he heal so he can be a part of his child’s life—and Winnie’s.”

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed, by Ben Rich and Leo Janos – Skunk works is another more meaty choice for a summer read, but I know there are those of you out there that love that as much as I do.

“From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America’s high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America’s most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation’s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from Air Force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the twentieth century.”

My list of books to read is a mile long and growing by the minute it seems.  Hopefully this list might introduce you to a few new books that you might not have read, or thought to read.  I plan to make the most of my summer by lazing around with my hammock, lemonade (real or imaginary) and enjoying a good book or two.  Happy reading everyone!

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