I was contacted and asked if I would read and review the three books that make up The Three Mrs. Monroes by Bernadette Marie. I looked it up and the military aspect is what sold me.
Basically, The Three Mrs. Monroes tells the story of the three wives of an Army soldier. Each wife has her own book. My first thought was how is that going to work? The military won’t let you have three wives! That is what sold me. I was dying of curiosity.
The first book is from Amelia’s point of view. She is wife number 2. The book starts out with her at the funeral of Adam, her recently deceased husband. He died while deployed overseas. She found out about wife number 1 after Adam’s death, from his lawyer. That’s when they discover wife number 3. Wife 1, Vivian, is bitter and automatically hates Amelia and wife 3, Penelope. She has every right to be bitter. Amelia feels sorry for Penelope, knowing it’s Adam she should be mad at, not these women. He lied to and deceived all of them. They meet with the lawyer, Sam, to find out who gets what. That’s when they find out who was legally married to him and who wasn’t. That didn’t go how one would think. Amelia keeps her head and goes above and beyond what’s is needed for the other two. In the process, her and Sam kinda shack up and get a thing going on. While they are all hurt and grieving over Adam’s death, they also realize he is not the man they thought he was. With this, they start to form a friendship with each other, which as unrealistic as it may sound, wasn’t too far fetched in the book.
The second book is from Penelope’s point of view and pretty much continues where the first left off. Vivian’s book is the third. The stories could almost be read individually. They do a short recap at the beginning of the second and third book to get you up to speed. A short recap, not this whole chapter stuff. We are not reading The Baby-Sitter’s Club and getting aggravated that we’re reading book #76 and have totally got all the backstory down already. Anyways, each woman has her own romance. These are unrealistic in how and how fast they happen, but it’s a book and I’m a sucker for a love story. I can get past that. As the books go on, they discover more about Adam that helps explain why he did what he did. They also discover a truly great friendship and consider themselves to almost be sisters.
Now, the military part. I wondered how this would work. One wife, the legal one, ended up getting the life insurance and government benefits. I always wondered about the Tricare thing myself. Who got the health insurance?!?!? The military part of it was actually talked about so little, that it worked for me. If the author would have gone into more detail, it just wouldn’t have made sense. There were a few things I noticed, but most people wouldn’t think anything of them. I’m a stickler for accurate details though. It drives me crazy when they are wrong. Dude showed up in fatigues once and he said he had just gotten out of the Army. No one wears fatigues anymore and pretty sure you aren’t wearing them while driving across country after you’ve EASed, but that’s no big thang in my mind. Only one wife lived close to a post (I’m assuming anyways considering she met him on post). The other two were so far removed they probably had no idea. Wife #1 did live with him in Germany for a short time, but that brings up a whole new set of questions for me, but if I bring up, will give stuff away! The books were also written in that it could take place now or 15 years ago, way before we used the internet for everything.
Overall, I liked them. I read a lot of romances though too. They were quick reads. I read each book in an evening.
I received the books in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.