Published by Rebel Ink Press on April 20th 2014
Source: Purchased Amazon
Twenty-seven years, more than a dozen deployments, five kids...and one missing wife. After twenty-seven years of marriage and service to his country, Gavin McIntyre returns from what he hopes will be his last deployment before either reaching the highest attainable enlisted rank in the Marine Corps or retiring. But what he returns to leaves him flat aback with a busted mast and broken rudder. His wife is a no show for the homecoming. Using the ages old adage of improvise, adapt, and overcome, he makes his way home only to discover, she hasn't simply forgotten to pick him up from the bus, she's gone. In her wake, Gavin finds his home set up boot camp style and twenty dollars in the cookie jar, but any evidence he's ever had a wife or five children with her is deplete. Pregnant at sixteen and married to a marine in a less than romantic ceremony courtesy of the local Justice, Raylyn McIntyre has spent almost three decades playing the dutiful patriotic wife, catering to the whims of the military. She's lost track of how many places she's lived, how many deployments she's endured, and how many tears she's shed. But most of all, she's lost track of herself. With a husband who's so wrapped up in saving the world he can't see he's losing his family, Ray resorts to the one tactic he might understand...a full frontal attack with extreme prejudice, which proves to get Gavin's waning attention. Nothing good ever comes easy, though, and just when her choice of battle plan seems to be working, tragedy befalls their family. As Ray and Gavin struggle to find center, they also struggle with the notion that forgiveness of self is often the only path to forgiveness of another, and that path is not only bumpy but filled with pitfalls.
In ” An Oyster Shell- This book was emotionally provoking from the beginning and wins your heart over in the end. It’s not for everyone, I would recommend it based on the person I was talking to.
The Pearls –
I really enjoy coming of age stories that involve people over 50. Being a young person myself it’s hard to believe that some of the same desires you had when you are 20 will still compel you at 50. This was the case for Ray. Gavin on the other hand was going full speed ahead toward goals he had been chasing since his 20’s and had a major perspective change by the end. All in all, we are always growing up and I love how this book portrays that.
I loved the military theme of this book. I don’t feel like there is enough stories out there that show so vividly the sacrifices made for our country. It’s easy to see the sacrifice of the soldier that is deployed, but it’s not so easy to see the sacrifice of the families that are left behind and have to carry on. I thought that was super pertinent and I hope there will be more stories about this in the future.
The Sand –
The writing could be a little bit choppy at times. The most confusing part of this book was sometimes the POV changed so quickly you didn’t know who’s perspective you were in. There was a little bit of head hopping going on.
All in all, I give it 3.5 Pearls.
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