The unique true story of a Vietnam soldier who was killed in action on his first wedding anniversary. Based on the life of Pte C.W. Roost, the book tackles the horrors of war and in particular the loss of a loved one in the duty of service to his country. An exceptional love story written from a woman's perspective, this book puts a human face to the controversial war in Vietnam. At just 20 years of age Chris, like so many Australian young men, was conscripted into the army as a National Serviceman. After marrying his childhood sweetheart, Mary, Chris was posted to Vietnam in June 1968. This book follows Chris' adventures through training, marriage and war. It shares his thoughts through his precious letters to his family, and tells the incredible story of the impact of war on our young Aussies. Chris was killed in action on December 23rd 1968 - his first wedding anniversary. He lives on in this book.
Cheryl Roost went to hell and back when her son Phillip, an accomplished jockey, was involved in an horrific car crash on Mother's Day 1996. The crash claimed the life of Phillip's best friend and ended Phillip's career as a jockey. But out of the horrors some good has come. Phillip inspired Cheryl's first book, Swinging on a Star, a novel about an injured jockey recovering and riding in the Melbourne Cup. Cheryl derives her inspiration for A Vietnam Soldier K.I.A. and His True Love... from years of experience living with a family's heartache at losing a loved one in the Vietnam War. Her husband's brother, Chris Roost, was killed in Vietnam on his first wedding anniversary.