Item description for Something Beyond the Sky by Siri L. Mitchell...
Overview When Anne Bradley receives her invitation to a Welcome Tea hosted by the Air Force Base Officer's Wives Club, she is a bit surprised--and hesitant. As are Rachel, Beth, and Karen, three other women who attend. In this compelling story of love, forgiveness, and truth each woman discovers that with good friends and a lot of faith she can believe that beyond yesterday's heartache and today's troubles there is an expanse of hope beyond the horizon.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736916377 ISBN13 9780736916370
Availability 0 units.
More About Siri L. Mitchell
Siri Mitchell has written five novels, two of which ("Chateau of Echoes" and T"he Cubicle Next Door") were named Christy Award Finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She currently resides in the Washington DC metro area.
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Four women find friendship Feb 19, 2007
Reviewed by Kim Peterson for Reader Views (1/07)
Military spouses often face new settings and the need to develop new friendships. Anne, Rachel, Karen, and Beth accept an invitation to attend a tea hosted by the Officers' Spouses Club (OSC). The four women want to represent their husbands well and meet expectations, yet limit their OSC involvement. They each sign up for the food committee hoping they have chosen an easy task.
The four women meet at the first committee meeting, and discover they have nothing in common but their role as military wives and this OSC commitment. They come from different backgrounds and religions and their first impressions aren't promising. But the ensuing year draws the women together into life-changing friendships. Together they weather challenges that test their marriages, their character and their faith.
Newlywed Anne adjusts to an interracial marriage and job difficulties. Karen struggles with an eating disorder and her failure to meet the exacting standards of her religion. Wealthy Rachel tries to keep her marriage together when money can't meet their emotional needs. Beth misses the military career she sacrificed to raise her children. Their realistic struggles with racial discrimination, religious searching, and marital and parental discontent are exacerbated by the unique demands of military life.
The author, a military wife, explores the dynamics of friendship under the duress of spouses serving in the armed forces yet finds common ground with female readers who lack the emotional support of living near family. Mitchell examines how friendships with those who are different from us broaden and deepen us; how good friends help us grow into better people. She also skillfully uses flashbacks to reveal how each woman became who she is and how she met her spouse. She pushes the story past the exploration of friendship to consider the stresses faced by marriages today and how faith provides hope and healing. Mitchell's novel, "Something Beyond the Sky," reminds readers to nurture their marriages, to find contentment in the present, and to enjoy good friends.
New Style everytime Jan 23, 2007
I think one of the best things about Siri Mitchell's writing, is that with every book she is able to change her style. Some writers, all their books read the same, but she is able to write great books that do not have the same plot. An excellent read!
Couldn't put this book down! Nov 24, 2006
I read this book in 8 days, it was so enjoyable. It was very true to life, as I am a military wife I can understand the characters and what they are going through. For anyone who wants to find out what military life can be about read this book.
This book is taunting me at my desk... Jul 12, 2006
As I type this, I'm sitting at my desk in need of completing a million things but I found myself googling this author to find out what else she's written...and I haven't even finished reading the book yet. She appreciates her readers, gentley unfolding the plot and characters. Siri is an awesome story-teller.
Four different women forge friendships amid the challenges of Air Force life Apr 26, 2006
Anne Bradley, Beth Bennett, Karen Bannister and Rachel Hawthorne are wives of Air Force personnel. They meet when they sign up for the food committee of the Bullard Air Force Base Officers' Spouses' Club. Over the next nine months, while planning several different events, friendships between these women take shape and grow.
Anne Bradley is a newlywed far from her childhood home. She is also a new college graduate and wants to put her new degree in public relations to work. But she's finding out that the spouse of an Air Force officer isn't a prime candidate for employment. Prospective employers know she will be gone in a few years when her husband is transferred.
Rachel Hawthorne was born to wealth and privilege. Married to pilot R.J. she struggles to adjust to his much simpler and at times, incomprehensible, preferences. She fights to bring these two worlds together and when it seems her marriage is coming apart, it is her friendships that give her strength to keep going.
Karen Bannister thought she knew what she wanted out of life-to be a wife and a mom to a large group of kids. But as she grapples with infertility, this Mormon woman discovers what she may want is very different from what her beliefs dictate she must do. She battles to become the woman she wants to be and keep her marriage intact in the process.
Beth Bennett is an Air Force Academy graduate. She resigned her commission when her twins were born and regrets her decision. In the chaos that is her home, she longs for the discipline of the military office. Guilt over her feelings puts a strain on her marriage.
Something Beyond the Sky weaves together the tales of four different women and the friendships they forge. Siri Mitchell is a military wife and she does an excellent job of showing us that mysterious world with its unique challenges and hardships. This book is a good read for anyone who enjoys contemporary women's fiction.