Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold
Always Coming Back Home uses heartfelt stories and real-time emails sent from a deployed sailor to his bride, readers quickly become invested in this young family. The couple takes readers on adventures of sailing and scuba diving throughout the world. They also keep readers laughing as the couple becomes first time parents, anxious with them during military deployments, upset with them through miscarriages and family loss, and finally, heartbroken as it all comes to an end with a single phone call. Always Coming Back Home is a candid and raw account of two ordinary people coming together to accomplish extraordinary things.
Ashley Bugge is a widow, a Gold Star Spouse, a mom, an adventurer, and a traveler who writes about her unique life experiences of becoming a pregnant military widow at the age of 34. She’s had articles published in Huffington Post, Military Spouse Magazine and has done appearances on Hawaii Public Radio, Gotursix TV, Oscar Mike Radio. She has also been on podcasts, such as The Army Wife Talk Radio and the Military Veteran Dad. She also runs the Stay Gold for Brian Bugge scuba diving scholarship which was founded to inspire, encourage, and support military veterans who want to pursue their dream of learning to scuba dive in a safe environment. Ashley’s currently raising her three children in the beautiful Pacific Northwest but continues to live out her late husband’s legacy of ‘No Bucket List’ as she takes them on adventures around the globe.