FIRE WIFE LIFE
BOOKS CONVERSATION wine
The Fire Wife Life Book Club
is hosted by Tracy McCart.
EVERY OTHER MONTH
A Zoom link will be emailed two days prior to the book club meeting.
Please register below to be added to the Zoom link distro.
May - July (Meeting July 19th)
A broken boy on the path to destruction. A scarred girl without direction. A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie. Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites. She is the strange girl from the food truck. He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day and has been wreaking havoc since. She is invisible to the world. He is the town’s beloved bad boy. She is a reject. He is trouble. When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending. But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell. Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this: She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U. And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.
July - September (Meeting September 20th)
Former Secret Service agent and star of Bravo’sSpy GamesEvy Poumpouras shares lessons learned from protecting presidents, as well insights and skills from the oldest and most elite security force in the world to help you prepare for stressful situations, instantly read people, influence how you are perceived, and live a more fearless life. Becoming Bulletproof means transforming yourself into a stronger, more confident, and more powerful person. Evy Poumpouras—former Secret Service agent to three presidents and one of only five women to receive the Medal of Valor—demonstrates how we can overcome our everyday fears, have difficult conversations, know who to trust and who might not have our best interests at heart, influence situations, and prepare for the unexpected. When you have become bulletproof, you are your best, most courageous, and most powerful version of you. Poumpouras shows us that ultimately true strength is found in the mind, not the body. Courage involves facing our fears, but it is also about resilience, grit, and having a built-in BS detector and knowing how to use it. In Becoming Bulletproof, Poumpouras demonstrates how to heighten our natural instincts to employ all these qualities and move from fear to fearlessness.
September - November (Meeting November 15th)
In this heartfelt Southern love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Notebook, a daring fireman rescues a single mom—and learns that falling in love is the greatest risk of all. When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. For all his adult years, Taylor has sought out women who need to be rescued, women he leaves as soon as their crisis is over and the relationship starts to become truly intimate. When a raging storm hits his small Southern town, single mother Denise Holton's car skids off the road. The young mom is with her four-year-old son Kyle, a boy with severe learning disabilities and for whom she has sacrificed everything. Taylor McAden finds her unconscious and bleeding, but does not find Kyle. When Denise wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them. Kyle is gone. During the search for Kyle, a connection between Taylor and Denise takes root. But Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will be different from all the others.
November - January (Meeting January 17th)
The answers to all your questions about retiring as a first responder, from the author of Fully Involved, the bestselling guide to being in a relationship with a firefighter. "First responders' retirement isn't like others. We didn’t start planning early enough. I suspect you haven’t, either." Everyone faces certain challenges in retirement—boredom, isolation, financial worries, the feeling that their life is no longer impactful—but for first responders, retiring is, in almost all ways, more challenging than it is for civilians. Retirement details and planning are nearly identical for all first responders, and bestselling author Mynda Ohs covers everything you need to know. Regardless of your specific occupation, you will be able to relate: the chances of working in the same field until retirement age or retiring due to stress, injury, or PTSD exist for all first responders. Are you a firefighter, a law enforcement officer, an emergency medical services (EMS) responder? Do you work in corrections, probation, or dispatch? Have you put off planning, thinking you have plenty of time? Or have you already started, but wonder what you've left out? This book will provide both a wake-up call and a checklist. Mynda is a respected crisis therapist who has counseled first responders on the scene at catastrophic events, individuals managing PTSD, and couples dealing with issues specific to the stresses of all first responder careers and relationships. Her experience is personal as well as professional: she has also been married to a former California firefighter and battalion chief for more than two decades and is the mother of a firefighter and a juvenile corrections officer. Drawing on interviews with retired first responders, their significant others, and a financial and tax expert specializing in assisting first responders, as well as the surprises she and her husband faced when he retired from fire service in 2021, Mynda has put it all together to bring first responders the only book they will ever need to retire both wisely and joyfully