Mrs. Lieutenant by Phyllis Zimbler Miller

In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, virtual book tour on June 18, 2008 at 7:32 am

Excerpt from the back of the book:

They had their whole lives to look forward to if only their husbands could survive Vietnam.

In the spring of 1970- right after the Kent State National Guard shootings and President Nixon’s two-month incursion  into Cambodia – four newly married young women come together at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, when their husbands go on active duty as officers in the U.S. Army.

Different as these four women are, they have one thing in common: their overwhelming fear that, right after these nine weeks of training, their husbands could be shipped out to Vietnam – and they could become war widows.

Sharon is a Northern Jewish anti-war protester who fell in love with and ROTC cadet; Kim is a Southern Baptist whose husband is intensely jealous; Donna is a Puerto Rican who grew up in an enlisted man’s family; and Wendy is a Southern black whose parents have sheltered her from the brutal reality of racism in America.

Read MRS. LIEUTENANT to discover what happens as these women overcome their prejudices, reveal their darkest secrets, and are initiated into their new lives as army officers’ wives during the turbulent Vietnam War period.

Vietnam was before my time.  I have heard the horror stories and one of my all-time favorite movies is The Deer Hunter.  It is frightening to think of what these soldiers endured, some drafted, others enlisted, but both seeing sights that no human being should be witness to.

This book is about four very different women whose husbands are in officer training class in Kentucky.  As unlikely as it may seem, considering the background of these women, they become friends and bond during the six-week officer training course.   Thankfully they have each other, as the country is in turmoil due to the stress of being at war, a war that we were not wanted.  They each have a different set of circumstances they must overcome, but have their new found friends to rely on.

The author has done an excellent job of helping to portray the other side of the war, the women behind the men who served and the hardships they endured.  Truly a wonderful read and an eye opener, I would highly recommend it!

 About the author:

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is a former Mrs. Lieutenant and lives with her husband in Los Angeles.  The co-author of the Jewish holiday book “Seasons for Celebration,” she has written a success guide for teens (  She welcomes messages and visitors at

  Thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for this book!

  1. Def going on my TBR list. Thanks!

  2. Nice review! I’ve read a lot of good reviews of this book in recent weeks.

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