Helen has only one dream in her life: to marry Mike. What happens when World War II erupts and the new lovers are forced to separate and endure a new normal of uncertainty, loneliness, heartache, and misunderstandings? How do they contend with Helen’s domineering mother who forces her to accept an engagement ring from another man and cancels wedding plans? How can they deal with meddling relatives who question Mike’s intentions? What is the antidote for all the poisons infiltrating their world? Nostalgic memories and unceasing correspondence. They must learn to adapt and remember the person who stole their heart.
From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the trails of the 42nd Rainbow Division battlegrounds during World War II, the pangs of separation and the destruction of war resonate deeply. In a story told through both of their perspectives, Mike, an outgoing, confident medic, and Helen, a diffident, humble grocer, take you on their journey as they navigate situations beyond their control.
A genuine, heartfelt tale based on a true romance, Always Remembering depicts the emotional effects and unseen collateral damage of war seen through the eyes of two average individuals. This Capraesque love story is both inspiring and poignant as it portrays the resilience of the human spirit and the power of sentimental memories.
Kathy Kasunich, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traded her snow boots and parkas for sunglasses and sandals a few years ago. She now resides in another historical town, Williamsburg, Virginia, and is debuting her first novel, Always Remembering.
In addition to writing, she is an avid photographer, focusing her lens on nature, architecture, and her adorable grandchildren. She has contributed as a writer and a photojournalist to local newspapers, which gave her the confidence to write her first novel. However, her love of photography, family, and history was the impetus for writing Always Remembering. As a shutterbug, freezing moments in time, she wanted to preserve the memories of the ordinary heroes of World War II. They were the individuals who never made the front page but instead left a lasting impression in the forefront of our minds. Memories sustain us during difficult times. They resurrect people and forgotten places and allow us to embrace scenes that heal our hearts and make us laugh.
You can learn more about this historical romance and connect with Kathy on her website at kathykasunich.com.
Saying goodbye to your loved one is always emotional. It becomes more difficult when you are uncertain if and when they will return. During separation, all that remains are their memories of each other. In their last moments together, Mike and Helen desperately cling to each detail.
Mike drew her close, and they remained entwined for several minutes. Easing away, he rested his hands on her shoulders and stared into her hazel eyes. He drank in her flawless ivory skin, her beguiling smile, and the locks of her long hair. Eyeing her up and down, he mentally engraved every detail into his memory, from her dress and shoes to the thin gold watchband around her slender wrist, the delicate earrings that sparkled like her eyes, and the imitation ruby ring on her finger, as red as her luscious lips. As he inhaled the sweet scent of White Shoulders perfume, he vowed it would forever linger in his mind. Helen focused on his dark-blue bedroom eyes that transported her to the depths of his soul. She felt safe, loved, and euphoric next to Mike and wished time would stand still.