American Wife by Taya Kyle & Jim DeFelice

American Wife

By Taya Kyle & Jim DeFelice

  • Release Date: 2015-05-04
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Score: 5 (From 405 Ratings)

Brief Description

The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend

In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband Chris were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service to supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and, most special of all, their family was whole, finally.

Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build together was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.

Chris and Taya’s remarkable story has captivated millions through Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster, Academy Award-winning film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris’s bestselling memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the book’s emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the hours, days, and months after his shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her. Then there were wearying battles to protect her husband’s legacy and reputation.

And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband’s tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of “serving those who serve others,” particularly military and first-responder families. She and the children now are embracing a new future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude, and joy.

American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the year -- a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire every reader.

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Customer reviews

  • Eye opening

    By Golu3
    I’m late to read this book, but so glad I did! I gained a new respect for military personnel after reading “American Sniper.” This book has been the same regarding military families and just giving perspective to life after losing a loved one.
  • Restoration of faith

    By Seabrb06
    This book touched me on so many different levels. It took me a long time to read, not because it was a hard read, but because I became so emotionally involved with Taya’s messages. This book encouraged me to lean on my faith more than I ever had before, and quite frankly I couldn’t have read it at a more important time in my life.
  • Wow is all I can say

    By Why Weight
    This was a beautiful book showing casings true hero and the family behind him. Through the book I felt like I was really let into the family and when the moment of the murder happened I felt the pain there as well. It's passionately written. Great Job Taya.
  • American Wife

    By Classeeladee
    Not worth reading. Boring too much on herself
  • Great book

    By Riverat73
    I thought this was a great book and it was a pleasure to read
  • American Wife

    By Bamskid
    Taya Kyle is such an inspiration on how to overcome heartbreaking loss and find the strength to accomplish more than she thought she was capable of. A must read!!
  • American Wife

    By Coombzeez
    So hard to put down! My heart continues to ache for Taya. Her recounting of the worst experience any wife can possible imagine was gripping and raw and made it hard to breathe through the tears. Her strength and determination to continue to persevere is inspiring and humbling. Thank you for sharing your love and your strength. I am blessed to have read this book.
  • Love

    By Wlotzko
    I'm way behind with the book reading. I started this book yesterday afternoon and finished it in a day. I cried, I laughed, and I smiled. My husband serves and was in a helicopter accident last Labor Day that honestly nobody should have survived it. So I can relate to her worrying while he was deployed. But I too had to keep it together for my kids. This book was beyond amazing and I seriously loved it and throughly enjoyed it. Now to read American Sniper. I've had both books since May just now getting ready to read them.
  • Courage and Bravery at its finest

    By Kris. K.
    This was an absolutely awesome book! I couldn't put it down. Taya Kyle shows tremendous courage and bravery in what she is going through. She is very open and honest (as was Chris Kyle in American Sniper) in everything she wrote. I cried lots of tears and my heart goes out to this family. I pray for God's many blessings over them.
  • American Wife; Simply awesome!

    By BonnerD
    What an awesome book! So real, so raw, so genuine! Very heart touching. If you wanted to know more after the end of American Sniper, then this is the continuation you were seeking! I laughed, I cried, I pondered. This book, along with American Sniper has touched me greatly. They have had a profound and lasting effect on me. Thank you Chris & Taya Kyle!