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.
War is hell. We've all heard it, and those who have experienced war can really tell us what Hell is, but all too often when thinking of WWII, the image that comes to mind is a 1940's movie starring a war hero and a beautiful girl. The Yankees were wonderful, the Germans were awful and of course, we won. It almost seems like a larger version of the college football games that are practically a religion in this part of the country. We think about the men who fought, but now, as the mother of a nineteen year old, it is hard to imagine how many of those who lost their lives to defend our freedom were his age.
Trisha Goyer did a wonderful job in this book of showing us how their experiences during WWII shaped the lives of her grandfather and his best wartime (and lifetime) friend. We saw the good and the bad. We saw a man who was a hero, and also a man who realized he was a sinner and needed Christ in his life. Yes, the book is Christian fiction, but please don't let that scare you off. It is the story of two old men; men who are at the point in their lives when death becomes much more than an abstract possibility--something that will happen someday, but surely someday is a long way off, right? It is said that there are no atheists in foxholes, and somehow I suspect the number of atheists in nursing homes is somewhat smaller than the number at the local singles bar. Given the setting and the characters, the spiritual talk in the book was appropriate, and unless you just can't stand anything spiritual in books, shouldn't be enough to keep you from enjoying the book.
I loved this book and I'm giving it an A.Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her novel, Remembering You, with a KINDLE Touch Giveaway for you ... and for the friend of your choice. Then on 11/29 she'll be wrapping up the release of Remembering You with a Book Chat Party!
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During the first half of the party Tricia will be chatting, sharing a sneak peek of her next book, and giving away a ton of great stuff. Then she'll head over to her website for a Live Chat! Readers will be able to chat with Tricia via video or text.
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