Monday, May 19, 2014

Promo for For His Country by Denisea Kampe


Twenty-seven years, more than a dozen deployments, five kids…and one missing wife.

After twenty-seven years of marriage and service to his country, Gavin McIntyre returns from what he hopes will be his last deployment before either reaching the highest attainable enlisted rank in the Marine Corps or retiring. But what he returns to leaves him flat aback with a busted mast and broken rudder. His wife is a no show for the homecoming. Using the ages old adage of improvise, adapt, and overcome, he makes his way home only to discover, she hasn’t simply forgotten to pick him up from the bus, she’s gone. In her wake, Gavin finds his home set up boot camp style and twenty dollars in the cookie jar, but any evidence he’s ever had a wife or five children with her is deplete.

Pregnant at sixteen and married to a marine in a less than romantic ceremony courtesy of the local Justice, Raylyn McIntyre has spent almost three decades playing the dutiful patriotic wife, catering to the whims of the military. She’s lost track of how many places she’s lived, how many deployments she’s endured, and how many tears she’s shed. But most of all, she’s lost track of herself. With a husband who’s so wrapped up in saving the world he can’t see he’s losing his family, Ray resorts to the one tactic he might understand…a full frontal attack with extreme prejudice, which proves to get Gavin’s waning attention.

Nothing good ever comes easy, though, and just when her choice of battle plan seems to be working, tragedy befalls their family. As Ray and Gavin struggle to find center, they also struggle with the notion that forgiveness of self is often the only path to forgiveness of another, and that path is not only bumpy but filled with pitfalls.




If you’ve ever lived the military lifestyle then you can completely relate to this story. I met my husband a couple years before he got out of the military so I didn’t have to really go through much of the trials and pains of being a military spouse. However, his sister is in the military as well and I’ve had to watch her leave her family on several occasions so, although I may not have real close experience with it, I’ve watched it second hand.

Gavin and Ray have been married for 27 years with Gavin being in the Marines for the same amount of years. For more than half of those years Gavin has been gone. As with anyone going through this it eventually started to take its toll on Ray. Gavin comes home after another deployment to find his house empty and his wife gone. The last he heard everything was fine and dandy.

What happens next are Gavin and Ray having to completely relearn themselves. Ray feels like she’s not a good enough military wife so therefore tries to accommodate everyone, which exhausts her. She also feels unappreciated for all she does because Gavin was never there for her or their children. Gavin realizes his mistakes and tries desperately to win Ray back and prove to her he has changed.

To watch Gavin and Ray struggle through their problems is heartbreaking. Denisea Kampe did an excellent job capturing what a military lifestyle entails. She showed us the problems that come with the lifestyle, the fears, the feelings of accomplishment, the heartbreak, and so many other aspects. Her perception of family, whether it be through blood or friends, is spot on. People that live the military lifestyle really do band together like they do in this book, especially for those occasions that you need family the most. I truly enjoyed this story and really look forward to reading more from this author.


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The only thing in the front room was his well-worn American Leather recliner Ray had purchased from Cabot House as his welcome home gift two years ago and his fifty-two inch flat screen which still hung on the opposite wall. Everything else was gone. No rugs, no couch with Ray’s sewing basket sitting at the end, no family portraits on the walls. Gone. It was all gone.

Stark realization raced through Gavin’s veins as a ball of ice formed in the pit of his gut. His wife wasn’t just UA.

Ray had left him.

With his mouth hanging open, Gavin spun a couple of circles. How had he missed this? Things were fine the last time he talked to her. Weren’t they? She seemed fine. She was her usual chipper self, all happy news, no tears. He could hear the smile in her voice.

How had they gone from that to this?

“Hey, I don’t have all day,” the driver’s voice snipped from the doorway. Still in a daze, Gavin turned to stare at him. “Kind of a big house for just you and your chair, ain’t it?”

“Yeah, it is,” Gavin ground out.

“Look, I can see you’re having one of those days, but I need my money. I got other fares.”

“Right.” Sliding his pack off his shoulder, Gavin let it hit the slick hardwood floor, which was usually polished to a fine hue but now lay dull and dusty, with a hollow thump. How long had she been gone?

Gavin made his way down the hall which led to the kitchen and dining area to find those rooms in the same condition as the front room, nearly empty. Where their heirloom oak table which would seat twelve in a pinch used to sit was a fold out card table and one metal chair. The kitchen counters were bare save his Bulldog DI cookie jar which was set in the middle of the island with a note tucked beneath. Snatching it up, Gavin scanned it with one thought in mind. Maybe it would reveal Ray’s whereabouts.

Your Oreos are inside along with forty bucks to cover your cab.


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