Remembering You

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By Tricia Goyer / Guidepost

Title of Book: Remembering You
Author: Tricia Goyer
ISBN -13: 978-0-8249-4812
Publisher:  Guideposts
Publication Date: 2011
Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein

 
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Television producer Ava Ellington cannot refuse her grandfather’s last wish that she accompany him to Europe on a tour of World War II battle sites.  Ava has little interest in historical battles, but this may be her last chance to break down the barriers that have grown up between them, and she sets off, camera in hand, ready to record and report on their journey.  She and Grandpa Jack are greeted in Paris by Paul, her grandpa’s best friend, and his grandson Dennis.  The Dennis who happens to be Ava’s first love.
History comes alive as the group travels across Europe from the romantic sights of Paris to the bleak battlefields of Belgium to the Austrian labor camp these men liberated so many years before and Ava sees a side of her grandfather she’s never known before. As he shares his memories of those bitter days on the battlefield, she begins to understand how his experiences in the war made him the man he is today.
Throughout the journey, Ava and Dennis are drawn together in ways neither of them expected.  Can their memories of the past lead to a bright new future?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tricia Goyer, author of Remembering You, interviewed more than one hundred war veterans to write this and other books and stories set in the World War II era.  Tricia Goyer and her husband live in Little Rock, Arkansas.  You might enjoy finding more information about this author at www.triciagoyer.com.
REVIEWER’S COMMENTS:
Wow!  My first novel by Tricia Goyer, but it won’t be my last.  Remembering You dealt with memories of two aging friends as they re-visit battlefields they’d first seen as young men. It also deals with the memories of their grandchildren born long after the war.  Page 193 carries a conversation between Ava and her grandfather. They are having coffee in the hotel breakfast room.  They begin to chat, and the grandfather’s memories begin to pour out,
“I don’t know if it was this town or another one like it, but I remember when we entered,” he continued. “It was just piles of rubble. Old piles from the bombers. New rubble from the artillery.”
 
Looking out the window, she sees brick buildings, painted window frames and flower boxes. She suggests that it must be different today.  He goes on with his memory:
 
 “It is different, but what was even more troubling were all the people.  I keep thinking of the refugees. They were walking out of town, stumbling along the road.  They were leaving the city,  old people, small children. And they didn’t look back. I could see it on their faces.  It was too hard for them to look back.  They didn’t really look ahead.  Mostly, they just watched their feet.”
His memory broke my heart. Here in America, we’ve had it good. We haven’t had to leave our homes, shattered by bombs or artillery.  We havn’t had to grab our children and run somewhere, never to go back again home again.  I sat reading those words, thinking of those families, and thinking of my family and knew that I never wanted my children or grandchildren described with those words, too hard to look back, not really looking ahead, just watching their feet.
Tricia Goyer wove the threads of her story beautifully. There were enough problems in the romance to keep me interested.  I liked Tricia Goyer’s development of the grandfather’s secret and how she wrote about the kindness of the people they met along the way.  I gained so much by reading this novel.
Thank you Guideposts and Tricia Goyer for Remembering You.
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