The Life of a Military Wife is Viewed in New Book

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‘The Smiles and Tears of Love’ by Patrick Slaney encapsulates the life of Mabel, a military wife

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There are plenty of times when she is happy and smiles,

“I was going to write a book about my grandfather who was in the British Army,” explains Patrick Slaney, “but I found that my grandmother had a more interesting life, so I decided to write a work of fiction based on her life, but using the facts relating to my grandfather.” With this formula of truth and imagination, Slaney brings the life of a typical Irish lady to a new audience in “The Smiles and Tears of Love” (published by Trafford Publishing).

When Mabel learns of her husband’s death from a battle in Arras, she begins to think back to the days of old. Born to a doctor in a small town in Ireland, she reminisces about growing up as a woman in the late nineteenth century. She remembers the first time she saw her future husband and how their relationship played out in the early years of marriage.

Mabel talks about her travels around the world following behind her husband, and how she was expected to act while with him. She shares detailed accounts of woes and strife worrying about him while he was off at war while she cradled their newborn child, and how frustration fueled her passion towards him which turned to an affair and of a lover lost in South Africa.

She comes back to reality feeling the anxiety she had when her husband left for the battle and how she must stay strong as she takes her two children back to her parents to live.

As Slaney looks back over his grandparent’s life, both real and fictional, he knows readers will feel the emotions laced throughout the book. “There are plenty of times when she is happy and smiles,” states Slaney, “and unfortunately, plenty of times when the tears come.”

About the Author
Patrick Slaney was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1940. He was educated at Trinity College and graduated with a master’s degree in science. He turned to business management for the next 40 years traveling to Ireland, England, South Africa and Australia.

He now lives in Meze, France where he puts his whole essence into writing.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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