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Remembering You by Tricia Goyer

I am fascinated by the World War II era.  So when the opportunity came up to review Tricia Goyer’s latest release…I was all in.  Why?  Because Mrs Goyer has done a lot of research into her books and the World War II era and has befriended many veterans as she learned about the hardships and beauty of that time.  If you follow her on twitter you know the heart she has for her veteran friends :)
Remembering You is both moving and heart-wrenching.  While fiction it also contains elements that really happened.  To me this added so much to the book.  Yes, the characters were fiction but the places and some of the events were not.
Ava, Dennis, Jack, and Paul are all delightful yet flawed.  Each holds a secret that is haunting them and breaking them.  Remembering You deals with forgiveness on many levels.  His forgiveness, others forgiveness, and forgiving ourselves.  Something we all deal with.
Tricia Goyer created four characters that come alive in the pages of the book and there were several times the pain of the characters brought tears to my eyes.  I will admit I at one point I was very frustrated with Ava.  The more I read the more frustrated I got with her…until I realized the reason I was frustrated is because well….I have done the same things she has.  Believed the lies over His Truth.
My favorite part of the book was definitely the scenes were Jack and Paul talk about their experiences during the war.  It was painful to read yet they brought out the beauty of what God can do.  Knowing Mrs Goyer had worked painstakingly to research and know about this time in history made it even more powerful.
Remembering You explores the many types of love.  As someone who has lost all of her grandparents this book was bittersweet in many ways.  Reading of the relationships of a granddaughter and her grandpa and a grandson and his grandpa.  It made me long for the days my memory holds.  In many ways this book is a love story.  The love of family , the love of country, and the love of that special someone.  The sacrifices all require and the beauty that comes from it.
Remembering You was a book I could not put down and read it in less than two days.  The characters are memorable.  Their pain touching and their joy moving.  It’s a fiction book that reaches in and touches a small part of your heart.  There are not many fiction books like that …. so definitely take a chance and read Remembering You by Tricia Goyer.
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.
Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more here. http://www.triciagoyer.com/contemporaryfiction.html#RememberingYou
About Tricia:
Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German MoonThe 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. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. On Tricia’s weekly radio show, Living Inspired, she shares stories of inspiration and encouragement. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.
For more about Tricia and her other books visit www.triciagoyer.com
Special thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing me with a complimentary copy of Remembering You.  The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
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The Backstory to Remembering You by Tricia Goyer

Today I am posting the backstory to Tricia Goyer’s newest book release, Remembering You.  Tomorrow I will post my thoughts :)
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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.

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.

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.
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Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of four and an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia’s written numerous novels inspired by World War II veterans, including her new release Remembering You. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas. You can find out more information about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

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