Remembering You is a fascinating story of two World War II veterans who make a return tour of European battle sites accompanied by their grandson and granddaughter. Tricia Goyer has written a touching story of the memories of these men who helped to liberate an Austrian labor camp.
I do not usually like World War II books but found this book which is based on historical facts to be sensitive and emotional. The characters are well developed. The devotion of the adult grandchildren to their elderly grandfathers was wonderful. Sometimes we learn things we regret about the past were not what they seemed.
I received this book from the author and highly recommend it to others.
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.
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 80â€²s. 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.
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.