Slightly tighter, sharper, more ascerbic Carolyn Brown “women helping women” novel. 5 military wives cling together to comfort yet another soon to be divorced wife of a retiring military husband who, incidentally, is unfaithful. It is not altogether a celebratory narrative. The wives take a camping trip to the charmless and uninspiring Texan backwoods. They write letters to their daughters in bootcamp. They weep. They chop wood.