Thirty-five-year-old Ava Andrews' dream job is interrupted by an unusual request -- to fulfill her 84-year-old grandfather's last wish by joining him on a battle site tour of Europe. Ava is sure her boss will refuse her request. But, instead, he gives her a directive of his own -- to videotape the tour and send it back as mini-segments for the show she produces.
As if juggling these two things isn't hard enough, Ava is soon surprised again ... twice. First, the pair soon meet up with Paul, her grandpa's best friend, and his grandson Dennis. The same Dennis who just happens to be Ava's first love. Then, they all head for the tour of Europe, only to discover the tour is cancelled. Unwilling to let down her grandfather or her boss, Ava and Grandpa Jack, Paul, and Dennis head out on their own.
Before she knows it, Ava and Dennis are swept down memory lane as they visit the sites that are discussed in the history books. And even though Ava is videotaping old soldiers, she can see their youth, their hopes and fears, and the pride in their eyes. Soon Ava learns the trip isn't just for them ... it's for her too -- especially for her faith and her heart.
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About the Author:
Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. On Tricia's weekly radio show, "Living Inspired", she shares stories of inspiration and encouragement. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.
For more about Tricia and her other books visit http://www.triciagoyer.com/.
As I have noted before on my blog, the World War II era has not normally been my favorite time period to read about in historical fiction. But, the three books I have read in the last year that tell about that time period have been good.
What I especially liked about how this story was told was that it was written about a grandfather and granddaughter. I enjoyed the tenderness and love that was shown between Ava and Grandpa Jack, even when things were difficult and emotions were tense. Personally, neither of my grandfathers served in World War II. One was probably too old, as he was in his 30s by then. He was also a pastor. My other grandfather was only 17 in 1944. He did enlist that year, but was given a medical discharge shortly after enlisting.
However, I did have a Great Uncle who served in the Army in World War II. I empathize with Ava in this story, because she didn't realize until it was almost too late that she should record her grandfather's stories. My Uncle Oscar was not very outspoken, but I know he would have told me stories of his time in the war if I had only asked.
The romance part of this novel was nice, if predictable. I felt the tension between Ava and Dennis was a little stretched out. I realize that this is usually the case in novels, but it seemed as if things could have been solved earlier on if they had just made time to talk and be honest. (Ava was so pushy with everything else, that it seemed as if she would have been pushy with this!) But, the 'first love' aspect of this story was sweet.
The basis of this story is one of the worst eras in human history: World War II and the Holocaust. Tricia Goyer deals with this horrific era with dignity and respect, weaving a thoughtful story of faith and what it means to be a true hero.
I will give Remembering You by Tricia Goyer ... 3 ½ Bookworms.
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About the Contest:
Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her novel, Remembering You, with a KINDLE Touch Giveaway for you ... and for the friend of your choice. Then on 11/29 she'll be wrapping up the release of Remembering You with a Book Chat Party!
During the first half of the party Tricia will be chatting, sharing a sneak peek of her next book, and giving away a ton of great stuff. Then she'll head over to her website for a Live Chat! Readers will be able to chat with Tricia via video or text.
Don't miss your chance to win a Kindle Touch for yourself ... and to "remember" a friend this holiday with a Kindle Touch for them!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Brand New Kindle Touch and a Kindle Touch for a Friend (winner's choice!)
- A copy of Remembering You by Tricia Goyer for each