Continuing where her debut memoir leaves off, Jo Thompson's "The Adventurous Life of a Navy Wife "treats readers to the ongoing saga of her escape from sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather-and her subsequent marriage to John, a young man in the United States Navy. When John proposes to Jo early on in their relationship, Jo has no idea what to expect from married life. Shaped largely by the abuse perpetrated by her stepfather, her view of men is shockingly naive. Still, desperate to flee the demons from her past, Jo agrees to marry John...despite the fact that he lacks even enough money for wedding rings. She soon learns she made the right decision and goes on to experience decades of adventure, learning, and love. Jo, John, and their growing family travel throughout Europe and the Pacific for John's career-and everywhere they go, Jo jumps at the opportunity to learn as much as she can about new cultures, people, and places. A story of recovery and growth, "The Adventurous Life of a Navy Wife "celebrates the incredible adventures that can follow taking a chance on love.
Jo Thompson was married for fifty-one years and spent twenty of them moving around Europe and the Pacific with her husband and children. They eventually settled in Florida. Thompson began writing her memoirs to cope with depression, sadness, and the abandonment of her children when her husband died after a long struggle with cancer and dementia.