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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Remembering You by Tricia Goyer Book Review

Remembering You by Tricia Goyer was literally an answer to prayers. This book came at a time when we had been discussing with Allan's family the stories of his grandfathers and their service to our country during World War II. One served in the Navy on the USS Yorktown and the other in the Army driving a Jeep in Germany. We, like many others, wonder about their stories, the men they served with, and what they saw and felt as they experienced war. Tricia Goyer sat down with over 100 World War II veterans and heard their stories of that time in their life. Their stories are woven into this book.

In the story Ava and her grandfather (Jack) accompany his best friend Paul and his grandson Dennis on a trip through France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria to visit places that they fought during the war. Ava and Dennis's unfinished business from that summer 15 years earlier comes to a head as they are both forced to admit feelings that each has been trying to bury over the years. The close friendship between Jack and Paul that began when they were only 19 and half a world away from home has flourished for 67 years bringing them to this final journey that they take not only for themselves but for their families. Ava is able to accompany her grandfather on the trip after pitching to the morning show she works for that this would make a great story. Although her motives were initially more selfish than not, her love for her grandfather shines through and the trip becomes less about ratings and numbers and more about both of them finding what they have been searching for. For anyone who enjoys reading about World War II or if you are just in the mood for a great book that you can curl up with and finish a few hours later this one is perfect!

About the book:
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. 

About Tricia:
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 
Blog tour schedule

Win a Kindle Touch for YOU and a Friend from Tricia Goyer!
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!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

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
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 29th. Winner will be announced at Remembering You Facebook Party on 11/29. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away copies of her other WWII books and gift certificates to Starbucks and So grab your copy of Remembering You and join Tricia on the evening of the 29th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How much do you know about WWII?) and lots of giveaways.

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

1 comment:

  1. I love a) how fast you read :P and b) all your reviews I haven't allowed myself to get lost inside a good book in a while....too long actually. Going to the library today!


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