He’s fighting for his country. She’s praying for his safety. When tragedy strikes, can their marriage and faith survive?
Charlie and Meg Winters are no strangers to the military life and the challenges it brings. But when an IED rips through his convoy killing his friends, the loss proves almost too much to bear.
Meg finds her trust in Christ wavering, and secrets she’s been keeping for years drive a wedge between her and her husband.
What if everything Meg believes is a lie?
What if Charlie finds out what she's done?
Can Meg and Charlie save their marriage or will the horrors of war and the ghosts of their past tear them apart and forever shipwreck her faith?
Soldier On is a gripping contemporary women's fiction novel. If you like inspirational stories of faith tested under pressure, then you'll love Vanessa Rasanen's true-to-life novel.
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This isn't my typical genre, I gave up a lot of contemporary military life themed fiction when it became a part of our real life. But "Soldier On" isn't "Dear John." The story doesn't feel forced or contrived at any moment. I'm a character person. I like a good story but I need round characters. The ups and downs and progressions of the relationships between the characters - Meg and Charlie, Meg and Piper, Charlie and his various battle buddies - are all so organic, honestly at times it's felt a little TOO real. But that's exactly what I loved. I chuckled, I cried (boy, I cried), and I was encouraged by the authentic presence of the daily working out of Meg and Charlie's (and Piper's) faith. It's hard to believe this is a debut novel. I've read plenty of debuts and indies and, quality-wise, this one is in the top few of my list. I'm very much looking forward to the next installment!
Soldier On is about marriage, life, friends, and deployment. Anybody could write a story with those themes, but what makes this book so special is that Rasanen has put faith in the foreground of the entire book. Now people may not have firsthand experience of a loved one being deployed, but we all experience doubts, and fears within our life as a Christian. That’s where she really connects even deeper with the reader. This book is fiction, but it reflects real life, real marriages, real struggles, real friendships, real faith. I especially appreciated how certain characters carried their faith and can be used as an example of how we in this world can witness to others, and pray for others. Overall, it was a refreshing tale of grace & forgiveness. Let me state that you cannot tell that this is Rasanen’s debut novel. Where I’m often stuck in awkward & forced storytelling within the first few pages of a book, Rasanen’s descriptive storytelling is effortless & had me feeling the feels of the highly likeable characters from page 1. Throughout the story, I cried, gnawed the tip of my fingernail, and laughed out loud. Even when I thought I could see what was coming, I was surprised. I am so pumped that there will be more books in this series. I am not ready to say goodbye to these characters.
In Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen, Meg and Charlie have been married for a few years, and Charlie is going to be deployed overseas for a year. Meg has a military wife friend, Piper, and her church to help her through this deployment. When tragedy strikes, past sins are remembered, and while living miles apart, the two work to save their marriage. With her past glaring at her, Meg runs from God, from her church, from her friends. Rasanen’s book takes a heart-felt look at the lives of military families. Her book helps the reader find comfort in the Gospel and see that forgiveness of sins can change lives. While the book deals with serious topics, such as deployment, fertility issues, mental health, and relationships that struggle, Rasanen adds humor to the story through many of the characters. I laughed and cried, sometimes while reading the same chapter! Such a great first book by Rasanen, and I look forward to reading the sequel. Due to its adult content, I do not recommend this book to children, but a mature adult can find the comfort of Christ amidst trial in Soldier On.