good romance fiction of the Vietnam era
Kristen was twelve when her journalist father was killed in Vietnam in 1954. He had been covering the war between the French and Vietnamese. Thirteen years later Kristen landed in Saigon. She was determined to finish what her father had started.
And that involved Luke, a photographer for Time. Kristen and Luke are thrown together and she begins to think Luke is more than just a photographer. She suspects he is CIA. And that is exactly the story her father had been working on.
The relationship between Kristen and Luke started out on a rocky path but they soon develop serious feelings for each other. Will Kristen betray the one she has come to love for the story she so desperately wants to see completed?
Catherine has developed a touching story set in the background of the war torn country of Vietnam. She delves into the horrible and uncertain conditions of those fighting the war and reporting on it. She also investigates those held captive for years and listed as MIA. How long does someone wait when it is not know if he is alive or dead?
Kristen and Luke are struggling with their faith early in the book and they make some mistakes. There are faithful Christians around them, however, and God's work is ultimately recognized. Kristen's brother Teddy expressed how soldiers lived each day. Ã¢ÂÂWe're living in uncertain times... We're lucky to have had yesterday, and only God knows if we're getting tomorrow. The only day that really matters is today. It's yesterday's tomorrow.Ã¢ÂÂ (122)
This is a fine novel that will bring back memories of those times for older readers like me. The story kept my interest and the ending is a real cliffhanger.
I would have liked to have had more description of the locations the characters found themselves in. I almost feel like this novel could have taken place in any war torn country.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
July 10, 2013
PTSD from Vietnam War
In light of just celebrating VeteranÃ¢ÂÂs Day on 11/11/11, YesterdayÃ¢ÂÂs Tomorrow by Catherine West gives credence to Vietnam Veterans, a group of veterans who have mostly been forgotten or ridiculed. They gave their lives for a cause, put themselves in personal danger, and suffered mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) was identified from this war. Schnurr, Lunney, and Sengupta identified risk factors for the development of PTSD in Vietnam veterans. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_stress_disorder)
Catherine weaves a thread of romance in her book through the eyes of independent, career-driven journalist, Kristin Taylor, out to finish a job her father had started, and superb photographer, Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, seemingly holding out on a secret mission that needed exposing. Their romance helped to alleviate some of the trauma of reading about the horrors and atrocities of the war.
The romance itself was traumatic, too, due to the circumstances, but also the brooding and hot temper of the characters. Lack of sleep added to the tension, which was palpable in CatherineÃ¢ÂÂs characters. The full breath of their relationship is heartrending at times.
Personally knowing men who have come back from Vietnam, I am acquainted with the stresses of the war and the resulting turmoil, especially those in combat, search and rescue, and physicians and their nurses. Catherine did an excellent job of describing the horrifying experiences of the war and its toll on the men and women serving, as well as the war correspondents. It made me think about whether I would have the courage to engage in war as they did. Personally convicting.
CatherineÃ¢ÂÂs inclusion of humor was appreciated to lower the emotional trauma of reading about the wartime circumstances and to bring some sanity into the midst of the insanity of the war. The web of faith spread by the Ã¢ÂÂPreacherÃ¢ÂÂ ultimately kept many of the men and women striving for resolution and hope for healing. In fact, I just heard this week that they are providing Ã¢ÂÂstick BiblesÃ¢ÂÂ (technological forms of the New Testament) for the men and women overseas today, giving them hope through Christ during their stressful times.
A great book to help understand PTSD in loved ones and encouraging them to receive help for their very real symptoms.
This book was provided by Catherine West through This Is A Blog About Books in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
December 3, 2011
YesterdayÃ¢ÂÂs Tomorrow by Catherine West is a bittersweet tale set in the chaos of the 1960s. Young journalist Kristin Taylor travels to Vietnam in search of truth and discovers much more. Her raw and honest reporting stirs up trouble both for her and the man sheÃ¢ÂÂs falling in love with.
I love that this novel is set in a time period underserved by publishing. The 60s was a time that shaped our future, a time people grappled with ideas of war and peace and equality.
The writing was beautiful, and the story was captivating.
YesterdayÃ¢ÂÂs Tomorrow kept me turning pages, and in the end, wishing for more.
October 26, 2011
A Powerful Story Told With Emotional Grit
West did a masterful job evoking emotion in the reader.
I had zero interest in reading about Vietnam, but picked up Yesterday's Tomorrow and couldn't put it down.
It moved me more deeply than a book has in a very, very long time. When I shut the book, I felt disturbed. West made me believe her characters were real people, and I hurt for them as though they were.
September 6, 2011