Being a soldier's wife myself, I SO wanted to like this book. I didn't begin it with the intention of finding fault and picking holes in Joanna Trollope's research on Army life. I was very excited to find a novel based on modern day soldiering and Army life covering pertinent issues. It was in fact very well researched in most areas, and I had a giggle immediately upon reading the comment about the maintenance contractors based in Liverpool (fellow Army wives will know exactly why that tickled me!). However, as another reviewer pointed out, the actual homecoming which I had been so looking forward to reading about was completely glossed over. In my opinion, it started to go downhill from there. Yes I completely understand Alexa's frustration at her and her childrens' lives being dictated by her husband Dan's career in the Army, but I think it went a bit far. Personally, adjusting to life together after a long period of deployment has been our bugbear as a family, not the sudden realisation that my own dreams and ambitions are put on hold indefinitely. I found it hard to like Alexa, or indeed any of the adult characters in the book. She was so negative and despite the histrionics remained very one dimensional to me. It became somewhat emotionally draining and I only saw it through to the end as I can never start a book and not see it through. It was the first of JT's books I've ever read; I've not been put off reading anything by her again, but I am disappointed that this didn't live up to my expectations.