This is the real-life story of a mother & daughter:
Lita: abused as a teenager, separated from the man she was forced to marry, and desperate for security for herself & her two daughters she joined the US military. She tells of her struggles to be accepted as a female in a “man’s world” - “But, sir, I don’t know how to type, I trained to be a mechanic” – and of the firm friendships formed during military service.
Kym: Lita’s daughter. Moved from place to place as a child following her mother’s postings, she never planned to join the military but fate intervened & she followed in her mother’s footsteps, though with an intention to go into the medical field not to become a mechanic! An injury in training changed her life forever.
Throughout the book we see how both mother and daughter fought for themselves and ultimately for each other. They challenged stereotypes, prejudice & bureaucracy to make changes that are still felt within the US Military today.
I think that this true story of military service and of family will appeal to anyone who has an interest in military memoirs, or who would just like to hear the raw, heart-felt voices of two strong inspirational women.