Friday, May 8, 2020

Keep Forever (+ Giveaway)

Keep Forever
By Alexa Kingaard
* Published by: Acorn Publishing
* Publication date: March 28th, 2020
* Genres: Historical Romance, Women’s Fiction
“Unlike some war stories that focus on intense, harsh and graphic depictions of post-combat trauma, this tale unfolds gently, like an Edna Ferber novel, spread across many decades, detailing the impact this soldier’s illness has on an entire family, including children and grandchildren. KEEP FOREVER is a wonderful, emotionally satisfying read that I highly recommend. ”
GARY SEIGEL, author of “Haskell Himself”
Paul O’Brien’s idyllic childhood in Southern California comes to a halt when his mother dies in the summer before his senior year of high school and a very different persona of his father emerges – isolating himself inside the house, turning to alcohol for comfort, and barely noticing his only child. Simultaneously, the war in Vietnam is sending shock waves around the world and young men from one coast to the other are being called upon to serve. Paul enlists in the Marines before receiving his draft notice.

Elizabeth Sutton is eager to gain some independence from her father’s old fashioned notions and looking forward to her first year in high school. At fifteen years old, tragedy strikes with the loss of both parents in an auto accident, turning her childhood into one of responsibility and worry overnight. The four siblings are scattered when her nine-year-old twin sisters are sent to live with their Aunt and Uncle on Nantucket Island, and Elizabeth is left behind in Boston with their grandmother. Her older brother, Sam, enlists in the Marines, eager to join the conflict a world away as opposed to dealing with the one unfolding at home.

A bond develops between Paul and Sam in Vietnam, and both are injured in a bloody battle that costs Sam his right hand and sets the stage for a lifetime of nightmares and sleepless nights for Paul. Matched by similar tragedies at a young age, Elizabeth and Paul’s first introduction by Sam upon their return from Vietnam is the beginning of friendship and love that survives five decades.

After marrying, welcoming their first child, and inheriting a small beach house, the couple adapts to their new surroundings, but distant memories of Vietnam continue to haunt Paul. In an era when veterans refuse to speak of their pain and the government denies that thousands of soldiers are coming home irreparably damaged, he is left to deal with the challenge of caring for his loved ones amidst his his erratic flashback episodes and moods. As their lives unravel from the lingering effects of PTSD, Elizabeth learns to accept the burden that Paul brought home, and together they make their own memories to keep forever.
A True Story

Author Alexa Kingaard
Author Bio:
ALEXA KINGAARD, a California native, currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of a son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders.

October 13, 2011, was the day that changed her life forever when her ex-husband, a Vietnam veteran, took his life during a PTSD flashback episode. Inspired to share this tragedy that continues to rob husbands and wives of their spouses, children of their parents, mothers of their children, brothers and sisters of their siblings, and comrades of their friends, Alexa relied on her own experiences to shed light on this crisis. The burden brought home is not partial to Vietnam, but is an insidious aftershock endured by combat veterans of all conflicts.
Alexa continues to pursue her literary career, writing about nostalgia and the human condition, the common denominator of our lives. 

For more on Alexa and her writing, you can connect with her at the following sites:
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  PTSD touches so many lives. Do you think this is a topic that should be addressed more in books?



  1. Huge thanks to Alexa for shining a hopeful and understanding light on a truly dreadful pain. And all praise that she was able to work past her own tragedy to do so.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Take care and stay safe! 💜 Alexa

  2. Story sounds very compelling--PTSD has a continuous "ripple effect" that should not be ignored or dismissed. Best Wishes for all releases!!!

  3. Very sorry her kids' father took his life. Good way to honor him and create awareness.

  4. PTSD from an auto accident is bad enough. I can't imagine, what war veterans go through.

  5. Sounds interesting and an important subject.

  6. This sounds like an excellent family story, Mason. And I do like a story that tells about historical events through the eyes of individuals who live through them. I'm glad you shared this one.


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