Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blog Tour: Remembering You by Tricia Goyer

Oh. My. Word. I just finished the last page of Remembering You by Tricia Goyer. I'm not sure that words can adequately express my thoughts on this book!

Grandpa Jack and Grand-Paul and their grandchildren Ava and Dennis reunite for a tour of Europe to visit the sites where they first became friends 67 years ago in the midst of World War II. As they reminisce about the war, they all realize that in order to move forward to the future, you have to be freed from the past.

This is an amazing story of love, loss, regret, family, friends, faith, and forgiveness. Tricia Goyer has an uncanny way of telling a story. The way she weaves together the past and present is dynamite. I felt as thought I was traveling through Europe with the foursome.

By the time, I reached the end of the book, I realized that I was thinking about the men who fought in World War II in a whole new light. They have always seemed so "old" and I've never really realized that most of them were teenagers or young men fighting such a terrible war. Goyer was able to show Grandpa Jack and Grand-Paul as (old) men who were still deeply affected by their actions in war - both good and bad - 67 years later.

I think more than even the amazing stories of war, though, I enjoyed the relationships in the story. Between two old friends. Between grandfathers and grandchildren. Between a man and woman who thought love was lost. The relationships are exceptional and realistic enough to make me talk out loud to the characters (only once or twice!).

Remembering You is one of the most powerful stories I have read this year. Powerful enough to make me laugh and cry and to give me a desire to listen to my grandparents' stories a little more closely.

If you're interested in what others are saying or want to purchase a copy of the book, click the links! And plan to stop back by on Friday when Tricia will be guest blogging on iblog4books!

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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 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 her website.

1 comment:

  1. Love your review! I've never read anything by Trica Goyer before. This looks like a great read. I'll have to put it on my TBR list. I'm a new follower of your blog. I found you on twitter. Feel free to visit my blog anytime...

    Have a great day!

    Cathy :)


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