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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Letters from Zulu written by A Navy Wife chronicles the deployments of a young submariner. Being a single mom, Genevieve had already experienced some of life’s hardships. However, she had no clue what lay ahead of her when she said yes to Ben’s proposal. The memoir is an exchange of emails, journaling their unbearable time of separation and of silence. Enduring the darkness, the abyss of the sea is one thing; however, the harsh reality of extreme quiet, the ache of loneliness is another. This is a story of two people who fought for their love over time and distance. Theirs is truly an expression of love at its deepest, a love forged in the depths of the ocean.
Military life is a culture in and of itself; most cannot fathom the life it entails. A Navy Wife sheds light on the darkness of deployment in Letters from Zulu. This work expresses the highs and lows of the family unit during deployment. The words written upon these pages are raw, agonizing, painful and heroic. This narrative challenges the soul and rips apart the heart. Communication is the core to a marriage - silence is the greatest of its adversities. Only a rare form of love and devotion could sustain this type of silent separation.
I am a wife of a former Marine. My husband has spent the last few years ministering within the military culture in an attempt to prepare young men and women for what lies ahead and also in the recovery of the aftermath of service. Each serviceman is unique, as is their military experience. They do their duty, and often their family suffers as a result. I can honestly say this memoir portrays the emotional roller coaster involved during deployment. Furthermore, only a Navy Wife will understand its brutal reality. I would like to express my gratitude for your service to our country and your relentless devotion to each other.