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.
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.
Ava Ellington's life has hit a snag, and her carefully laid out plans to have a wonderful marriage and a strong career seem to have gone sideways. Seeking to overcome her broken heart and to reignite her fumbling career, she agrees to accompany her Grandpa Jack to Europe to tour World War II battle sites. Upon arriving in Paris, they meet up with her grandpa's best friend, Grand-Paul, along with his grandson Dennis, an unexpected addition who triggers reminders of lost love. Ava soon finds herself reliving the end of World War II in Europe through the eyes of her grandfather as they visit battle sites and a concentration camp he and other veterans helped liberate. As the days pass, Ava and Dennis also relive their own history, discovering the embers of a love that may lead to an unexpected outcome.
Tricia Goyer has demonstrated time and again her ability to take the past, breathe new life into it, and use it to illuminate our present and our future, and she has definitely succeeded again! I greatly enjoyed the unique spin she put upon the World War II theme she wove throughout the book, viewing the victories and tragedies of the past through the lens of the relationship of Ava and her Grandpa Jack as he slowly warmed up to her requests to share his experiences. I must admit that the relationship between Ava and Dennis sometimes annoyed me as their often immature interactions reminded me more of adolescents than of grown adults, but perhaps that just demonstrates the author's ability to make the character's realistic, bringing to life not only their positive, enjoyable traits, but their selfish ones too! By the end of the book, these characters had found a place in my heart and earned my respect.
Grandpa Jack was probably my favorite character with his servant heart, his kind but sometimes gruff exterior, his courage to share the truth of the past. I found myself pondering his words to his best friend Grand-Paul when he stated, "you're afraid to pray because you don't want to be disappointed, but prayer is more about being willing to change ourselves. To know God has the answers". Grandpa Jack's challenge to his friend is one that could be said to any of us.
Readers who enjoy a blend of contemporary fiction with historical elements will greatly enjoy Remembering You and I give this book a strong recommendation of 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: Book has bee provided through the publisher and Litsfuse Publicity Group for the purposes of this unbiased review.
Ava had it all -- and now it's slipping away from her. Her job as a tv news producer is in jeopardy. Her love life is dead. Even her high priced condo could be too much for her. Then her Mom calls with a desperate request. Will she accompany her grandfather on his trip to Europe. The catch? He's returning with his Army buddies to the battles he fought during WWII. Ava wonders if this might save her career...interviewing the veterans at the scene is something that will grip readers hearts. Then she connects with the group and runs smack into her past and first love.
This story is a neat mix of old and young, past and present. There are surprises-one based on a real life reunion of a vet that Tricia personally knew. Ava has a lot to learn and many choices to navigate. I wasn't sure until the end how the ultimate story would end. This is a great contemporary twist on World War II stories.