Saturday, November 19, 2011

Remembering You by Tricia Goyer - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the publisher)

35-year-old Ava Andrews' dream job is interrupted by an unusual request--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, Ava and Grandpa Jack arrive in Europe, only to discover the tour is cancelled. Unwilling to let down her grandfather or her boss, Ava and Grandpa Jack head out on their own. Then, while they're on their way, 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.

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's videotaping old soldiers, she can see their youth, their hopes and fears, and their pride in their eyes. Soon Ava learns the trip isn't just for them ... it's for her too--especially for her heart.

Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more here.


This story is a vivid reminder of the price that was paid for freedom. WWII was a unique time in history, and Tricia Goyer did a fabulous job capturing all facets of that battle - emotionally, phyiscally and mentally. She weaves real human emotion and transformation throughout the story, and the reader enjoys several stories evolving all at once - using a very special time in history to tie all of them together.

There are many elements to this story - a sort of journey to find oneself, a spiritual journey to wholeness and forgiveness, a love story, a story of family and what that means in the life of many people. Readers will enjoy Europe as remembered through the eyes of the soldiers who faught there, and through the eyes of the people who were liberated by their bravery. It's just a really well-written story that will appeal to a broad audience, and I am happy to recommend it to everyone!

I had four uncles who fought in WWII, and I had the priviledge to interview them and record their memories. Their lives were forever changed by the experience, yet they left a legacy of freedom in untold numbers of lives that came behind them. Tricia Goyer captures the essence of this in Remeberng You. I highly recommend this novel to you!

Be sure to read all of my posts today and learn about the special contest being held to promote this great story!

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