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Book The Fireman's Wife by Susan Farren
Book Review - The Fireman's Wife (My favorite book from my 2011 reading list)
My absolute favorite book that I read in 2011 was The Fireman's Wife by Susan Farren. This is not a new book; it has been around for several years. But I saw it for the first time on a rack at BooksAMillion, and thought I should read it. I was right. Once I started it, I could barely put it down until I finished. Read on to find out why.
Why I Love This Book . . . And You Will, Too.
If you are actually a fireman’s wife, this book should be required reading. In fact, when new recruits join a department, a copy of this book should be standard issue to their wives, along with uniforms and gear to the firefighters. My only regret in reading this book is that I did not know it existed before and didn’t read it until after five years of being a firefighter’s wife.
If you are not a fireman’s wife but wonder what the firefighter’s family goes through, this book is a wonderfully accurate and well-written account.
Sue Farren describes the feeling you have when you say goodbye to your husband as he leaves for work. It’s a dangerous job, and not one that a wife would choose for her spouse, assuming she likes having him around! You are keenly aware that something could happen, but know that nothing probably will. Her husband actually did have an accident on the job, and her description of the days, weeks, and months that followed is realistic and riveting.
Farren also decribes the crazy schedule that goes along with being married to a fireman. There are blessings and curses associated with this schedule. On one hand, it is wonderful to sometimes have your husband at home for days on end in the middle of the week. But then there are nights when he is at work and you lie awake wondering about every single noise. Overtime is always a possibility, too. Maybe you have something planned for the family, but your husband calls when he should be coming home in the morning and says he has to stay another 24 hours. Christmas dinners sit on the table at the fire station and get cold, family members standing around staring at each other, while the fellows are out on a call.
There is truly a lifestyle unique to the firefighting profession. For a long time, I thought I was the only one who was scared in the middle of the night when my husband was at work. I thought I was the only one who felt disappointed and angry when plans were ruined by forced overtime. But after reading The Fireman’s Wife, I realized that I am most certainly not alone!