Saturday, November 26, 2011

Remembering You

Author: Tricia Goyer
ISBN: 9780824948122
Publisher: Guidepost
Source: Litfuse Publicity Tours
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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.

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My Thoughts:

Taking your 84 year old grandpa to Europe for a reunion and tour of World War 2 battle sites is not exactly a dream trip, but for Ava, a TV producer, the trip couldn't have come at a better time.  Recently jilted by her fiance and currently stressed about her career, Ava sees the trip as an opportunity to film the veterans as they re-visit the past.  The problem??  Grandpa Jack.

Grandpa Jack isn't quite as excited about Ava's plans to film the tour.  When the tour is cancelled, Jack and his best friend Paul decide to head to Europe and visit the sites without an official tour.  Jack and Paul take Ava and Paul's grandson Dennis with them.  While the grandfathers hope to re-unite Ava and Dennis, who have a past, haunting memories emerge.  Ava is left to learn forgiveness, understand pain, and realize that not all expectations can be met by those we place them on.  As a love story, a past, a mystery and a future unfold so does a gripping and compelling story that will keep your nose in this book!

Poignant, dramatic and compelling, Remembering You was an enjoyable and thoughtful read.  I loved the characters, the storyline and the pace of this book.  It's much different than other novels I've read by Goyer.  I found myself highly engrossed in the history, touched by the tribute to those who have served and entranced with the story.  I would highly recommend this read.

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.

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Highly Recommended
*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review and participation in this tour.  All thoughts are my own based off my interaction with this book.*

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