..might have been entitled 'Kevin Military Man'. What then? The 1970's. The 21st Century. Military Romance. But much more. Intriguing. Complicated. They say that for each one of us on this planet that there are potentially 30,000 people with whom we might find a partner in life. But what about the concept of the SOULMATE ? Does it exist only in one's dreams or imagination ? They share but 5 words between them in high school but somehow, their eyes connect their souls. Five year later, they meet again, have a summer but Kevin enlists. Letters sustain their relationship but not indefinitely. The circumstances of life..
Then -different directions..
Time goes by.. 17 years later, it is Gina's young adult sons who find the letters, the photos. Gina decides to search for Kevin online using 'buddyfinder' on the military.com website. -Chris watched as Will pulled out the photos without acknowledged permission that this was fine to do. Chris was curious. Will put the photos down and Chris picked them right up. "Is this Kevin ? Kevin from beach? Dana and Zeik's dad?" Chris asked his brother who was reading a letter. "It looks like it doesn't it?" Will said. "He and mom were friends ?"Chris asked trying to elicit more feedback. "I think that they were more than friends." Days later, their dad leaves to gather data in the Chesapeake Bay -the boys hand their mom the letters. -"It involved explaining to them the mindset of Marines. 'Marines are Marines'. There is mutual respect between 'Enlisted' and 'Officers'." A decision. wwwdotshanekaelledotcom for many more excerpts. -"You are rather instinctive.
Yes, all of that sense of loyalty and purpose did draw me to the Military.. I like knowing that people I am associated with have a 'code of ethics'. It's a brotherhood." -Donna defended herself. "I learn from fiction. Some of it's historical and other plots expose me to things that I would never experience." -"Why is that ?" her friend asked. "If your boyfriend is a looker, than you'll always feel insecure because there will always be girls chasing him," Gina said."You're rationalizing," Jeannie quickly replied but then added, "It is sort of true with Tim." They both laughed. ".. it reminded me that i used to call you my soulmate. you know i never said that about donna." Kevin hit enter. "you know i never said that about tim." Gina typed back. -Somehow, Kevin had found time to write her this note. A Shakespearean quote: 'Hear my soul speak; the very instant that I saw you, did my heart ..' ..
Tim watched them parting from his window and saw Tav and Gina go off for a walk.
He went into Gina's room and just sat on her bed. He noticed the paper under the pillow and didn't think before pulling it out to read it.
His feelings had been getting stronger for Gina over time but Kevin - he was something.
Tim had no idea how to compete with a guy like this. "And how did you explain when people behave inhuman ?" Kevin asked her .. 'Yep. I've had that conversation with my boys too.. It's even harder for me though. I'm in the business of war. We've had long discussions.." - "the research out there; it associates the practice of yoga with a decrease in depression, ADD, aggressive behavior.." Author's note: The United States Military - vast career path and educational opportunities. To develop Kevin's character, research was a must - references at the end. Well let me digress for one sentence: I returned to school as an adult to teach high school science to urban students when I learned that the drop out rate was 60+%. Many of these kids enlist. In some instances, courses can be taught while troops are deployed.
Wouldn't that be great if it became the standard during low activity periods.
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Reviewed by Shannon Allen
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 09 July, 2011
I found this book to be written in great detail with much attention to character development. I felt as though I really got to know each character and could understand the motives behind their actions much better than a typical book. I loved that the characters were very socially conscious and self-aware. They set good examples with their recycling and responsible behavior. The story between the main characters is one that made me kind of wish that I had a long lost love to reconnect with. I do wish that many parts of the story were shortened for comprehension. It was a little hard to keep up with conversations between the characters when their thoughts and interactions are frequently peppered with in-depth descriptions of their actions (such as chess games). I also found many descriptions of the character's actions unnecessary to understand the story and therefore just an extra distraction. All in all, the book was well written with much of the background information needed to understand the story included in the book. I appreciated the endnotes very much. I would love to see more from this author, but in a little more condensed version.
|Size: ||1.7 MB|
|Publisher: ||Infinitum Duplum|
|Date published: ||Sep 2010|
|Read Aloud: ||allowed|