Remembering You  -     By: Tricia Goyer
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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Guideposts
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0824948122
ISBN-13: 9780824948122
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While her grandfather is reunited with the woman he once saved, she is reunited with the man she once loved.

Thirty-six-year-old Ava Andrews life interrupted by an unusual request fulfill her 83-year-old grandfather's last wish by joining him on a battle-site tour of Europe. Ava and Grandpa Jack arrive in Europe and meet up with Paul, her grandpa's best friend, and his grandson Dennis. The 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.

While interviewing the aged soldiers, Ava finds the Jewish woman whose life her grandfather saved when she was just a small girl. As Ava begins to understand the things that made her grandfather the man he became, she's also given a second chance at love.

Based on a true story, Remembering You is a moving story about how history can change our future.

Publisher's Weekly

Prolific novelist and nonfiction author Goyer (All Things Hidden) pens a contemporary story rooted in World War II, where several of her historicals have been set. TV producer Ava Ellington is suffering from heartbreak and making professional mistakes. An unexpected opportunity to go to Europe with her grandfather Jack, a WWII vet, to visit battle sites promises emotional escape and a set of great stories about vets returning to Europe. In Paris, a complication materializes: Ava’s first love, Dennis, is accompanying his grandfather Paul, Jack’s wartime buddy and family friend, on the same trip. Jack has ghosts to face as Ava is reminded of her own past pain. Goyer does well with the Greatest Generation, showing that war is more than nostalgia. Some might well wish for more information about the historical battle sites that frame the present action, but this is a light fictional treatment of a heavy subject. This novel has a sweet way of describing family relationships and will particularly speak to those closely connected to WWII veterans, who are taking their stories with them to the grave. (Nov.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Lynnie
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 23, 2012
    Lynnie
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well written, touching story. Took me back to talking with my Grandpa and father about their pasts.
  2. Susan Osborn
    Fullerton, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent WW II novel
    January 14, 2012
    Susan Osborn
    Fullerton, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In Remembering You, Tricia Goyer takes us on a tour of World War II battle sites and brings history alive. The events that took place here are sadly being forgotten as fewer and fewer of the men and women who fought for our country during WW II are still with us. Ava Ellington accompanies her grandfather on his nostalgic European journey to find answers, truth, and peace. However this book is much more than a quest. It is filled with mystery, romance, history, forgiveness, and finally peace. Tricia's interviews over the years with the 11th Armored Division bring the stories in this book to life and add vivid historical detail.
  3. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Haunting Memories… or… A Bright New Future
    November 28, 2011
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As head producer of Mornings with Laurie and Clark, Seattle's top news show, Ava Ellington knows her position is tentative as the ratings were slipping. When her mother calls to ask her to assist her Grandpa Jack (Jackson Andrews) on a WWII battle site tour, as she had broken her leg, Ava sees a chance to break down the barriers between her and her Grandpa.

    Ava runs the idea past her boss, and he suggests that she videotape the tour for mini-segments for the show. But Ava will have to be reminded over and over that this tour is for the healing of her grandpa and not a TV special.

    Grand-Paul (Paul Prichard), a close friend of Grandpa Jack, was also going, under the care of his grandson, Dennis, Ava's first love from fifteen years earlier.

    Upon arrival in Paris, they find the tour cancelled due to the tour guide's accident in Northern Africa. Both men want to continue the tour, so Ava and Dennis accommodate them. The mystery parts Ava wants to know about is Angeline and Chenogne, the two things Grandpa Jack has kept secret from Ava. The tour ends with a memorial service at the Mauthausen concentration camp.

    Tricia weaves the tender story of two elderly ex-soldiers from the same Infantry Division who want to reminisce and make amends stemming back from their haunting actions and memories from WWII, particularly Grandpa Jack with Angeline and Chenogne. The heartfelt emotions of the characters tear at your own heart as you hear the story unfold. The interactions between Grandpa Jack and Ava the TV host and Ava the granddaughter evolve in such a way that it heals your heart. The sights and scenes bring both sorrow and joy to the two friends. It's a trip that is both agonizing and freeing. One that's filled with hope and faith that reaches the most unlikely characters.

    Woven amongst the WWII tour memories, there's an on-again, off-again romance between Ava and Dennis. Their goals had separated them fifteen years ago. Ava also has the complication of an ex-fiance who wants her back. Would she have to choose? Would their goals continue to separate them? Especially when Ave and Dennis are again separated at the end of the tour.

    Being so close to Veteran's day, it's a time to remember and give thanks to all the soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they made on our behalf. Thanks also to Tricia for sharing these memories with us in novel format.

    Since I read this book, my husband and I got to meet a gentleman, who served in Northern Africa during WWII, and his wife. Applebees restaurant gives a free meal to veterans on Veterans' Day here, and we were talking with this couple until our booth was available. We asked them to share the booth with us. It was exciting to meet a WWII veteran and his wife. They were in their late 80′s. Now I understand Tricia Goyer's joy in sharing their stories.

    This book was provided by Amy Lathrop from The Litfuse Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
  4. Cindy Loven
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Contemporary look at historical events
    November 21, 2011
    Cindy Loven
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Ava doesn't want to miss anymore special times with her grandfather. She realizes as she looks back over the years that the things they talked about were not the things that were important to him. So this trip with him to retrace his steps that he took as a young nineteen year old fighting in WWII was important. Meeting up again with an old flame that she deeply fell in love with when she was eighteen, makes this trip a bit stressed, but very interesting.

    I enjoyed the book very much, it was a great story, different from Tricia's other WWII books, but was very interesting. I cried with Ava as she realized how frail and old her grandpa was. I laughed at the antics of the two old friends as they tried their hand at some matchmaking. I enjoyed reading about WWII through the eyes of Ava, coming to grips with the things her grandfather went through as a young man, and finding her own faith again. There was a part that caught me off guard, when during a conversation with her grandfather, one of the other soldiers used a word you rarely find in Christian fiction. All in all a wonderful story with a contemporary view of a historical event. 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only by Litfuse Publicity, I was not compensated in any manner for this review.
  5. Tammi
    maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story Where Past and Present Come Together
    November 18, 2011
    Tammi
    maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Remembering You is a story where past and present come together and take the reader on an incredible journey through Europe. Ava, her Grandpa Jack, and his friend whom Ava fondly calls, Grand-Paul, visit battle sites as they retrace the route these men took during World War II.

    Through her research, and interviews with World War II veterans Tricia Goyer honors these veterans by using their stories to create stories like Remembering You, Stories I think many readers will enjoy, especially those who enjoy history. I may never be able to visit Europe myself, but Tricia Goyer's descriptions made me feel that I was there experiencing the journey with the characters.

    I loved the characters in this story, they were so real that they leapt off the page. I watched them grow with each new experience, and as they learned more about each other. They learned forgiveness, compassion, to listen, and to accept each other as they are. They also grew in their love of God.

    I enjoyed learning about World War II, and the battles that the characters fought in. Tricia Goyer did an excellent job in combining contemporary times and history together to create a wonderful story that I will read again, and have already recommended to my husband, because he also likes to read about World War II.

    I would recommend Remembering You for readers high-school to adult.

    **Remembering You by Tricia Goyer was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

    Tammi
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