Jamaican-born U.S. Army Captain Maxine Reyes is the embodiment of ambition. The retired veteran served in both the U.S. Army and Air Force, and all the while, she managed to do it while married to a fellow service member and raising a daughter. 

Although recently retired, Maxine isn’t standing still. She is adapting to her new multi-faceted lifestyle and following her dreams. Today, the former combat veteran is making a name for herself as a speaker, singer, author, entrepreneur and influencer.

Maxine’s Book “Happily Joint: The Secret to Relationship Resiliency”

When Maxine met Ken, she knew that he was the one. (Tune into her video interview below for their full story.)

The couple, after being asked again and again “How do you do it?” wrote a book. What’s even more amazing? They wrote it while geographically dislocated.

I decided to check it out for myself. One Saturday morning I read Happily Joint: The Secret To Relationship Resiliency while lounging in bed. My husband was asleep beside me and I was able to read it from cover to cover before he woke up. That in itself was a huge plus that I was able to digest such useful information in one sitting.

Ken and Maxine Reyes have collectively endured the hardships, stress and challenges of military life while maintaining long-distance relationships with each other more than once. Because of this, I was interested to see what the couple advised.

Happily Joint provided a refreshing outlook as a quick read with enlightening information. I enjoyed how the book came from authentic, personal experience and highlighted first Maxine’s advice and then Ken’s advice. (That’s right, read it to learn what your husband may never articulate to you!) So often, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own perspective or those of our same-gendered peers/friends, so this was a fun, new and informative take on relationships.

It is worth mentioning that for our audience members of various beliefs, the book features quotes from the Bible. This does not affect the messages, lessons and advice provided, and for Christian readers, this may enhance your experience.

The information in Happily Joint can be applied and valuable to both military and civilian marriages. If you are looking for a his-and-her guide to relationship success, give it a read. Happily Joint: The Secret to Relationship Resiliency is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions.

Get to Know Maxine Reyes

Tune in below for Maxine’s exclusive interview with AW101 lead writer, Jackie Toops, to learn:

  • The challenges of being a dual-military couple with a child (hint: some milestones were missed)
  • Why the City of Orlando, FL proclaimed a day in her honor
  • What inspired them to write the book Happily Joint (and how they did it while stationed in different locations)
  • How Maxine positively influences others through her singing and speaking engagements
  • Get the scoop on her brand, With Courage & Grace
  • And finally, Maxine’s special message for our Army Wife 101 readers







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A self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” former Army wife Jackie Toops enjoys exploring the various facets of her personality by chronicling military life, world travels, family, her love of the arts and more. Her academic background is in the fields of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and she has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. Jackie’s articles have been featured on Army Wife 101, Wall Street International Magazine, SoFluential, HomeAway, Military Biz Connection and FamiliesGo. While stationed in Germany, she regularly discussed her articles on-air with the Armed Forces Network in Wiesbaden. A mother of two, Jackie enjoys coffee, freelance writing, languages and discovering new ways to express herself. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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