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.. The distance.. Then - different directions.. Time goes by.. You will feel the story;become attached to the characters;find some connections with your own life.. A quick read because you may not want to put it down but not a short read. 588 pages. The theme is about a deep seeded career Military Man and the girl that .... not a 'mushy' romance. The contemporary plot is believable and the themes develop intelligent, thinking individuals concerned with much more then themselves. shanekaelle com for many more excerpts. 17 years later,it is Gina's young adult sons who find the letters,the photos. Chris, still bolstered up high with pillows behind his back reading,looked over to see what his brother was looking at. There were letters - many of them. He watched as Will pulled out the photos from an open envelop without acknowledged permission that this was fine to do. ..Will put down the photos and Chris picked them right up. .. They came from a Marine - 'Lieutenant K. G. Harmon'. ..he opened up one of them. 'Okay. It's night. We're on the beach. We're sitting in our sand chair by a roaring driftwood fire. You're pushing your feet under the sand and flipping it up onto my feet. I'm warm because I'm enclosing you in my arms. You smell like the ocean. You smell like coconut suntan lotion. You turn sideways a little and put your hand up under my sweatshirt - on my chest to get more comfortable. Your hands are cold and you make me suffer. I love you for it. I think that one day I would love to be married to you and wake up every morning with your hand across my chest. I try and think about this every night after I collapse into bed'. ..folded the letter up and put it back into the envelop with care. "Is this Kevin ? Kevin from beach ? Dana and Zeik's dad?" Chris asked. "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." Gina decides to search for Kevin online using'buddyfinder'on military com website. - It involved explaining to them the mindset of Marines.'Marines are Marines'. There is mutual respect between 'Enlisted' and 'Officers'. A decision. - Donna defended herself. "I learn from fiction. Some of it's historical and other plots expose me to things that I would never experience." "..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. -"Hear my soul speak; the very instant that I saw you, did my heart.." While Tim watched them parting from his window and then saw Tav and Gina go off for a walk, he went into Gina's room and just sat on her bed. ..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. Note:The U.S.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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