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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 worl ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published March 28th 2020 by Alexa Kingaard (first published February 5th 2018)
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Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is unlike any story of the aftermath of soldiers in Vietnam that I have read. Beautifully written Kingaard pulls you into the story in a soft way. Taking you through a family tragedy that leads to the oldest brother going off to war but its what happens later that seems to effect everyone.

Showing the lingering effects of PTSD on not only the soldier but also the whole family. Mental illness can tear families apart or hold them together. This is a beautiful well written story of the damage
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Brittany Smith
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of courage, perseverance, and unconditional love.

Keep forever is the debut novel, and my second read, from author Alexa Kingaard. It is a wonderfully powerful and insightful story that reveals the hidden trauma of the soldiers in the Vietnam war era. The horrors of what happened became evident to all, but the life long hidden struggles of the men who returned home were not. In the story, Alexa has seamlessly placed us in the lives of two families brought together by this war. She
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Book Reviewer
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Keep Forever is a book that will sit with you for a long time and bring to light subjects you hadn’t thought of. The book focuses on two men during the Vietnam War. Paul and Sam. Both wounded in the war and sent home; they have to relearn how to be who they are in a society that didn’t believe in the war. While Paul’s scars are internal and Sam’s are in your face, both men realize that moving on from the war isn’t as easy as they thought it would be. The book also focuses on Sam’s sister and the ...more
Oreoluwa
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
"You don’t know dark. Dark is a jungle, a long line of weary, battle-scarred comrades, stealthily trudging a breath away from one another, seeking out an enemy you can neither see nor hear. Dark is fear and uncertainty and knowing that death can grab you in an instant. Dark is hearing your heart beat like a giant kettle drum and feeling the blood rush through your veins because there is no sound, no light, and no sense of anything around you but your own terrified soul. That’s all I’m going to s ...more
Jennifer
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very well written and emotional book. Set in the Vietnam Era Paul O Brian joins the marines and meets Sam Sutton while they are both deployed. As a friendship develops between them and after the war they go home together and Paul Meets Sam's sister Elizabeth.

The book is the story of their lives dealing with PTSD from the aftermath of war The ups and downs good and bad Love must sustain them to help get through. I really enjoyed this book very sad at parts but gives hope to those who suffer fro
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Margaret
I received this as a free read from Voracious Readers Only. It was a great choice!!

I've never read this author before, but I'm very happy she wrote this book!! Her description of the times, the very trying times of this era & the Vietnam Veterans was excellent. This is a book to definitely have a box of tissues nearby at all times! Not just for sad situations!

The characters are so real, they could be friends! The kind of friends you wanted to be there for - to help, to talk & walk with!

I've alre
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Meaghan Hurn
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Keep Forever is a wonderfully powerful and insightful story that reveals the hidden trauma of the soldiers in the Vietnam war era. 

Based on a true story, Alexa Kingaard has written an enthralling and raw account of a Vietnam veteran's struggle with PTSD while raising a family as well as a commentary on the horrors of war.

Keep Forever is an incredible tale full of warmth, love, heartbreak and hope. We highly recommend picking up Alexa Kingaard's debut novel!
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Pina Mangion
What a wonderful story. After reading my complimentary copy from Voracious Readers Only, I had a little cry. What these boys went through we will never really know, but it's the people that love them and have to deal with them after they return are the true heroes. This story was about love, courage and acceptance. Wonderful, wonderful book. ...more
R.D. Kardon
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alexa Kingaard deftly takes us on a journey through young love, service, injury and loss in the story of Paul and Elizabeth O'Brien in Keep Forever. Her moving prose brings us close to the struggles these two lovers had with Paul's PTSD, which took over his mind after his service in Viet Nam. You'll know love, devotion and compassion on this tender journey. Highly recommend. ...more
Cair-Paravel De Loulay
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story of a life long love and journey through all its special hills and valleys. A Vietnam vet and his blushing bride are perfect for each other and no matter what happens, they have each other. It is insightful from the vet side too. He reminds me of my favourite grandpa, who also served.

I received a free copy from Voracious Readers Only in return for an honest review.
Ali
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Certainly no fast paced action packed novel, instead this is a story of love and survival full of heart with characters you can't help but empathise with. ...more
Faye Ridpath
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from Voracious Readers Only.

This was a heartbreaking look at life after returning from Vietnam.

I cried real tears.

I would definitely read more books by this author.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Keep Forever is a heart wrenching story that really touched my heart. I found myself in tears on more than one occasion throughout the whole book. Keep Forever tells the story of how two families were brought together by the Vietnam War.

Keep Forever shares the story of how two families dealt with the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Not only did the ones that came back from the war have to deal with it but so did their families by watching and loving them and helping them to deal with it in the on
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Kelly-Jo Sweeney
This is a book based on true life events, while it's not an autobiography as such, it's clear when you read it that the authors own life is mirrored in the pages. The story stretches from Elizabeth, our heroine's teenage life and follows both and her close family members as they face many challenges and difficulties.

I have to admit that this isn't really my kind of book. Memoirs are not really for me and not being American I failed to relate to much that the characters faced and dealt with. Unfo
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Namrata Ganti
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keep Forever is a story that will take the rider on a roller coaster of emotions. It follows the lives of Paul and Sam as they navigate their way through being Marines and their short experience with War in Vietnam. We also follow Elizabeth, Sam's sister as she tries to hold on to her emotions and childhood while dealing with the loss of her parents and the responsibility of her younger siblings. A very well-written story, Keep Forever will pull the reader in and make up experience everything al ...more
Gary Seigel
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on her own true story, Alexa Kingaard’s novel is an honest, realistic and at times sobering look at the problems a wife faces when she discovers her husband continues to endure psychological stress from his days serving in Vietnam.It is an unhurried, relatively low-key family drama filled with heartbreaking and tender moments. Unlike some war stories that focus on intense, harsh and graphic depictions of Post-Vietnam Syndrome, this tale unfolds gently, like an Edna Ferber novel, spread acr ...more
Brittany Wingard
Keep Forever was a heart wrenching, and beautiful book. It gave an insight into the traumas that affected soldiers after the Vietnam war and it was unlike any other book I had read on that subject. The author wrote this book so beautifully, that every emotion, whether it be love, hope, despair, or sadness, you can’t help but feel as you’re reading. You can’t help but be drawn into each character’s story, and by the end, you feel connected to all of them. I definitely recommend this book! I will ...more
Kathleen Merrill
KEEP FOREVER is a wonderful, insightful story that reveals the hidden trauma of the Viet Nam war era that dominated the news in the 1970s. The horrors of the actual combat were evident to all, but the life long hidden struggles of the men who returned home were not. In the story, Alexa has expertly placed us in the lives of two families brought together by this war and takes us through the ups and downs of life in the 60s and 70s. It reveals the impact Viet Nam had on the families as well as the ...more
Terry Laster
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and engrossing account of a Vietnam veteran's struggle with PTSD while raising a family as well as a commentary on the horrors of war. ...more
Adam Ross
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible tale full of warmth, love, heartbreak and hope. Alexa Kingaard draws us into the lives of Elizabeth Sutton and Paul O'Brian as they are forced to grow up due to circumstances outside of their control.

Once Elizabeth and Paul have grown up we are treated to the ups and downs of life as they have a family and grow old. Elizabeth's early life was up-ended when a tragic accident occurred. Paul's life changed forever in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam during the war. They are brought to
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Holly Kammier
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book holds a special place in my heart. Inspired by a true story, Keep Forever follows a strong female character from her childhood to maturity as she struggles with the scars the Vietnam war left on the men she loves most. Keep Forever is heartbreaking and inspiring, a true tour de force, and a must-read for anyone who loves historical fiction.
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Alexa Kingaard was born in San Diego, CA and has lived most of her life in the area. She currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of a son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders.

Her debut novel, KEEP FOREVER, was inspired by her late ex-husband who battled the residual effects of the Vietnam War for decades after his return. The burden he brought home is shared b
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