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About American Wife

• Hardcover: 304 pages • Publisher: William Morrow (May 4, 2015)

The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shares her private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss–and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend.

In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband Chris were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in nearly every major battle of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service to supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and, most special of all, their family was whole, finally.

Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris was killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life they fought so hard to build together was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.

Chris and Taya’s remarkable story has captivated millions through Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster, Academy Award-nominated film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris’s bestselling memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the book’s emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the hours, days, and months after his shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her. Then there were wearying battles to protect her husband’s legacy and reputation.

And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband’s death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of “serving those who serve others,” particularly military and first-responder families. She and the children now are embracing a new future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude, and joy.

American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the year — a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire every reader.

Taya KyleAbout the Author
Taya Kyle founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in honor of her late husband Chris Kyle, legendary U.S. Navy SEAL and author of the bestsellers American Sniper and American Gun. The foundation is devoted to strengthening the marriages of veterans and first responders. An active public speaker, Taya Kyle makes frequent appearances at fund-raisers and other events, inspiring others to find strength and persevere through struggles. She and her two children live in Texas.

Is It Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes, but in small doses or with stand by lighter fare. Not because it isn’t cover to cover good but because American Wife is intense and Kyle expresses what it is like to be a working war wife and mother through her story and Chris’ emails. As a wife, I felt the anxiety of the known and unknown and the anger of losing a husband first to his country only to get him back and then to lose him again to someone else’s firearm. American Wife does an excellent job of explaining how she reconciled the sweet and caring man she loved with the killer he had to be for our country. She also shares why Chris felt it was important to help service men and women with mental health issues and erase the stigma.

As a citizen of the United States I have always felt pride in our service men and women. They do a very hard job so I can have the freedom to express my political affiliations, opinions and even write this review. I admit that I tried to read Chris Kyle’s book but couldnt get past the first killing. But he did this job for me, you and all of us and I plan to try it again after reading this. I am so glad to see more attention given to not only honor these men and women but to focus on the difficulties they face. They need to be honored when they come home. Whether there are physical or mental or a combination of illnesses.

Taya Kyle is stronger than any SEAL. She had a tough management career, mothered her children often alone and worked through a highly stressful marriage situation. Her story is a tough book emotionally, but well worth the effort and helpful in understanding a key role in our Armed Forces, that of the American Wife.