This memoir is the painfully funny and poignant true story of one military family's experience during two war-time deployments, told through the actual email they sent back and forth, with accompanying essays.
"6/9: Evidently I wasn't supposed to put so much oil in the mower. The smoke went away fairly quickly, though. Connor even got to go for a ride in the fire truck."
Alesia Holliday has survived scenes like this and more while her husband, a naval flight officer, has been away on military duty. They have forged a different kind of marriage-one that the 1.5 million current active-duty service members and their families will identify with through the camaraderie strengthened by shared difficulties and discoveries.
E-mail to the Front consists of short commentaries by Alesia and an e-mail dialogue between she and her husband while he was on deployment. In text filled with empathy, gut-level honesty, humor, and unflinching support, chapters cover everything from "Departure: Only 183 Days to Go" to "Rebellion of the Appliances" to "It's Like Being a Single Mother, but I Can't Date."
E-mail to the Front will appeal to everyone who appreciates the courage of those who choose to serve their country, the families who are meeting the challenge of military duty, and those who love and support them.
Praise for Email to the Front
"On behalf of civilian America, I salute our nation's military families, although I'm probably using the wrong hand, or something."
--Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humorist
"The subject matter of Email to the Front is of vital importance. Warm, funny, witty, and touching beyond belief, this book brings the words 'let freedom ring' down to a personal level and should be required reading for all Americans. I can't wait to tell all my readers about it."
--Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling author
"Unfiltered, unflinchingly honest, at times both poignant and funny, E-Mail to the Front is a must-read. Not just for military spouses, it's a rare, insider's look at the sacrifices military families volunteer to face so the rest of us don't have to."
--JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author
"It was a relief to pick up Email to the Front and not find the seemingly standard sugar-coated version of how strong military spouses are and how they cope well with everything. The military spouse handles the life and stress of military service the best he or she can--putting on a happy military smile, saying everything's okay, when the truth of the matter is it likely is not. We encourage everyone to read Email to the Front. It will not only touch your heart, but it will also give you an eye-opening true look at a typical military spouse's life."
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About the Author
Alesia's first novel, AMERICAN IDLE, was a double finalist in the prestigious RITA awards for women's fiction, and then she won the RITA for outstanding romantic novella in 2006. She has wom many awards for her fiction and hit all them major bestseller lists.
Alyssa Day is the pen name (and dark and tortured alter ego) of RITA award-winning and RWA honor roll member author Alesia Holliday. As Alyssa, she writes the New York Times best-selling Warriors of Poseidon series & the upcoming League of the Black Swan series. She's a diehard Buckeye who graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School and practiced as a trial lawyer in multi-million dollar litigation for several years before coming to her senses and letting the voices in her head loose on paper. She just moved home from Japan to northeast Florida; with a Navy Guy husband, she always lives somewhere near an ocean with her two kids and any number of rescued dogs. Please visit Alesia (and Alyssa!) at www.AlesiaHolliday.com, www.AlyssaDay.com, Twitter.com/Alyssa_Day, or www.Facebook/AuthorAlyssaDay.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is my first non-fiction in years. :) This book is comprised of the email that Alesia Holliday (Alyssa Day, author of the Warriors of Poseidon series) and her husband Navy Guy sent back and forth during his deployments. It hit me hard, bringing back memories of doing this with my husband. We were married young, and he was deployed 7 months later. These letters range from laugh out loud hilarious to bittersweet. I teared up a few times, and I bought this for my cousin who has her own Navy Guy.