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Posted January 14, 2013
Good Christian Historical Fiction
Well first of all as a guy I can say that I dont read a whole lot of books classified as Romance but I have read Dawn of a Thousand Nights and Night Song by Tricia Goyer and found her to be a superlative author when it came to historical fiction so i thought I would give it a try. This book was a great story especially the message that we are all called to serve in a different way despite what the world may say we must first obey God and be where he calls us to be. Rosalie was a bit difficult to understand but what I liked about her the most was her genuine repentance for the mistakes that she had made. It was a nice deviation from the typical girl is a nurse guy is a soldier they write letters and fall in love i mean that gets really old and fast. It was interesting to get a look at the home front and to remember that the war wasnt just won by soldiers but by many other men and women who worked hard stateside and contributed to the war effort. Learning about Nick's story and how while he served just not in the US military he wasnt qualified for veterans benefits was very interesting becasue I wasnt aware of this injustice. I had heard of the merchant marines but never of ambulance drivers who were also on the front lines. I am amazed they don't teach us these things in history class. You can identify with Kenny's desire to prove himself worthy but in the end he comes to realize that he is worthy simply because of Christ. Aunt Tilly was a stand up character and I loved the way they wrote her so many times authors in this genre when incorporating African Americans from this time period into their stories make extra effort to put slang into their dialogue but I often find this contrived and a little offensive. But Goyer and Fleiss certainly are not guilty of this. And lastly the real stand up character was Kenny's Dad i mean who doesn't wish they had a Dad like that? anyway long story short guys and gals interested on a different side of the war should certainly check this out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2011
War story on the home front
Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss have crafted a winning book in this World War II novel. Rosalie Madison has joined the women in the workforce, finding success as "Seattle's Own Rosie the Riverter." Her life is thrown together with reporter Kenny Davenport, who is assigned to cover her story. Past negative experience with newspapermen and discomfort as the center of attention compete with a growing affection for this handsome reporter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Their homefront conflict plays out against the backdrop of the war. Patriotic Rosalie does all she can to help, while feeling guilty over her fiancé, a pilot who perished overseas. Through it all the characters' faith grows stronger and they learn to trust the Lord and each other.
The novel is filled with period slang and authentic activities and experiences of the time. My parents lived through that era, with my mother working in an Oregon plywood mill, so it gave me a better feel for their lives then.
I can identify with Kenny's striving for excellence. His father helped him realize: "What mattered was the magnitude of help to humanity. God created each of us to give." No matter how seemingly important or mundane our tasks, we should seek to follow Christ. This lesson came through loud and clear.
Posted September 13, 2010
Great historical novel!
I loved reading this book! It's the second one by Goyer and Fleiss that I have read and I sincerely hope they continue writing together. The storyline kept me riveted (no pun intended!) right from the beginning. I love how they weave the historical facts of WWII, teach facts about Seattle's history, and include a love story that makes history personal. I learned so much about what sort of work was going on at Boeing and the patriotism of the time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2010
Can You Find Love In The Midst of WW2?
Imagine you are living in Victory Heights, Washington in 1942 just as the WW2 was beginning. This is the time where men were being drafted into service as the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor. Rations were in effect and people were busy selling war bonds and gathering items to help with the war efforts. As men left their homes, women stepped up to take their places in the workplaces that were now being used for supplying the war with planes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
One of these jobs was working for the Boeing plant in helping to create the Flying Fortresses, which are the latest in B-17 bombers that the US is hoping to destroy the enemy. Here we meet Rosalie Madison who has hidden herself away as a riveter at the plant. She has been creating an inner turmoil of her own when her fiancee leaves to fight in the war, and learns that he has died a hero. Unfortunately Rosalie realizes that she never really loved Vic like a woman should who wants to get married, and thus the reason for delaying marrying him before he left. Now a year later she feels the guilt of well wishers who express their heart-felt sympathy to her for losing her future husband. No one knows however what Rosalies true feelings are.
Late for work on her way to pay her respects to the memorial in the center of town to honor Vic and those that have lost their lives in the war, she runs headlong into a news reporter, Kenny Davenport who is on his way to capture Lana Turners speech to encourage the town. When he doesn't apologize for nearly running her down and seems only concerned with his camera she fires off just how she feels to Kenny in the middle of a crowded town square.
Suddenly the crowd grows silent as Lana Turner takes the stand and addresses the arguing couple who have appeared to have taken center stage and addresses them by saying, "Well? Are you two lovebirds coming up here or what?" Shocked that the entire town has now been listening to them argue, they encourage them both to make their way up to the stage to address Lana Turner, what happens to them next is where the story really gets interesting.
See just where this story and the headlines it is going to create will take both Rosalie and Kenny in Love Finds You In Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss. I received this book compliments of Litfuse Publicity and must say I loved it. A perfect 5 out of 5 stars for keeping the reader engaged in the story of both Rosalie and the reporter Kenny as well as all the local supporting characters. Love truly does find them with God's help to realize the forgiveness is something that can keep you stuck in your past if you let it, but with God's grace you can move forward and find love once more.
Posted August 18, 2010
A lovely tribute to the brave women who held down the homefront during World War II
I absolutely fell in love with the World War II era story featured in "Love Finds You In Victory Heights, Washington. Focusing on the women who were left behind to carry on the work during wartime while the men were away fighting to keep our country free, this romantic tale is a tribute to these ladies and the adversities they overcame. The authors, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss, obviously did their research on this subject and period in time, and I was delighted to find that they captured the essence of the era perfectly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
My father fought in World War II and although he didn't talk much about what he saw while in the Fourteenth Air Force Group, the American Volunteer Group and the Flying Tigers who fought in China, India and Burma, he did share his love of the music of the time. Glenn Miller, the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby and others were a part of my childhood, and seeing that they are incorporated into this fantastic novel was a real treat.
Take some time to sit down and enjoy "Love Finds You In Victory Heights, Washington" and see if you don't come away with a feeling of pride for the ladies, all the "Rosie The Riveters" and her sisters who kept their chins up and enabled this country to carry on during trying times.
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Posted January 6, 2011
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