Saturday, November 26, 2011

Blog Tour: Remembering You (Review)

When Remembering You arrived in the mail, I was ready to read something different - I was not disappointed.

This book, tells the tale of a young journalist who travels to Europe with her grandfather, a World War II vet, on what will probably be his last journey to a large piece of his young adult journey.

Remembering You is a mufti-layered story. Not only does it follow Ava's journey to find out more about herself - as a person, journalist and granddaughter, but also Jack's journey to put away the ghosts of the past.

This book was powerful. It put a new face on WWII and the living history that exists because of the brave men and women who took part in that effort.

It also helps explore the power behind family relationships that span the generations. During this trip, Jack and Ava not only find out information about themselves, but also discover new things within their relationship.

While this book does have a "romantic" twist - when Ava rediscovers a relationship Dennis, the grandson of her grandfather's best friend, the romantic nature is just one of the layers of the tale.

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest - I give this book a solid four. It kept my interest and it gave me some "meat" to think about. It was also interesting, at how this book "opened" my eyes to a variety of WWII stories - which have crossed my path in the last month.While a novel, this book might also challenge you to sit down and talk to a family member to capture their role in history.

The Book's Back Story!
By Tricia Goyer
In the last ten years since I started interviewing veterans for my WWII novels, most have passed away. Some of them—realizing their days on earth were coming to an end—returned to Europe one last time with their family members to walk along paths they've never forgotten. Those trips inspired my most recent novel, Remembering You.

One of the most amazing experiences was when I received an email from a woman named Hana. She'd heard of my book and knew I'd interviewed some of the veterans. She asked if I'd interviewed any medics. Then she told me an amazing story. Hana was born on a cart just outside of Mauthausen. Her mother had survived being a prisoner of another camp and was transported to Mauthausen at the end of the war.

LeRoy "Pete" Petersohn
Hana was just three weeks old when the Americans arrived, and she was very ill. Because of the filthy conditions she got a skin infection and sores covered her body. No one expected her to live. Yet one of the medics saw the small baby and knew he had to do something. Even though it took most of the day, he lanced and cleaned all Hana's sores, saving her life. Over the years she'd wanted to find the medic, but didn't know where to start.

I was amazed by Hana's story and told her I knew one medic—maybe he remembered who that man was. I gave Hana the contact information and I soon heard the good news. My friend LeRoy “Pete” Petersohn was the medic who'd saved her life! The two were soon reunited! After all these years Hana was able to look into the eyes of the man who saved her and thanked him. After all these years Pete was able to meet the woman he saved. “Baby!” he called out when he met her.
LeRoy "Pete" Petersohn & Hana, reunited!

Remembering You is a work of fiction, but the experiences of the men are true. The experiences of the main character, Ava, are also true-to-life. I was busy with life when God pointed me to an amazing story, and to even more amazing men. I'm so thankful I took time to listen and care. I'm so thankful I allowed these men to share what … and who … they remembered most.

About the book:
From The Publisher
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.

About The Author
Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough.

She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Goyer's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005.

In addition to her novels, Goyer writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Goyer is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions.

On her weekly radio show, Living Inspired, she shares stories of inspiration and encouragement. Goyer and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

For more about Goyer and her other books visit www.triciagoyer.com

Online Resources
Read more about this book - and an online excerpt here!
Buy Remembering You online
Follow the blog tour here!

Past Reviews of Goyer's Work!
Tricia Goyer
Songbird Under a German Moon (Review)
All Things Hidden (Review)
Sunflower Serenade (Review)
Blue Like Play Dough (Review)
Beside Still Waters (Review)
Along Wooded Paths (Review)

Tricia Goyer and Kristen Jane Anderson
Life, In Spite of Me (Review & Interview with Tricia Goyer)

Tricia Goyer and Ocienna Fleiss
Love Finds You In Lonesome Prairie (Review & Interview)
Love Finds You In Victory Heights (Review & Interview)

Tricia Goyer & Robin Gunn
Praying for Your Future Husband (Interview)

Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
The Swiss Courier - (Review & Interview)

It's A Contest!
Win a Kindle Touch for YOU and a Friend from Tricia Goyer!
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!

During the first half of the party Goyer 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 her via video or text.

Don't miss your chance to win a Kindle Touch for yourself ... and to "remember" a friend this holiday with a Kindle Touch for them!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Kindle Touch and a Kindle Touch for a Friend (winner's choice!) 
  • A copy of Remembering You by Tricia Goyer for each
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 29th. Winner will be announced at Remembering You Facebook Party on 11/29. Goyer will host an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away copies of her other WWII books and gift certificates to Starbucks and Amazon.com. So grab your copy of Remembering You and join Goyer on the evening of the 29th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How much do you know about WWII?) and lots of giveaways.

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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