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Editorial Reviews

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Prolific novelist and nonfiction author Goyer (All Things Hidden) pens a contemporary story rooted in World War II, where several of her historicals have been set. TV producer Ava Ellington is suffering from heartbreak and making professional mistakes. An unexpected opportunity to go to Europe with her grandfather Jack, a WWII vet, to visit battle sites promises emotional escape and a set of great stories about vets returning to Europe. In Paris, a complication materializes: Ava’s first love, Dennis, is accompanying his grandfather Paul, Jack’s wartime buddy and family friend, on the same trip. Jack has ghosts to face as Ava is reminded of her own past pain. Goyer does well with the Greatest Generation, showing that war is more than nostalgia. Some might well wish for more information about the historical battle sites that frame the present action, but this is a light fictional treatment of a heavy subject. This novel has a sweet way of describing family relationships and will particularly speak to those closely connected to WWII veterans, who are taking their stories with them to the grave. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824948122
  • Publisher: Ideals Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 1,265,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Excellent WW II novel!

    In Remembering You, Tricia Goyer takes us on a tour of World War II battle sites and brings history alive. The events that took place here are sadly being forgotten as fewer and fewer of the men and women who fought for our country during WW II are still with us. Ava Ellington accompanies her grandfather on his nostalgic European journey to find answers, truth, and peace. However this book is much more than a quest. It is filled with mystery, romance, history, forgiveness, and finally peace. Tricia’s interviews over the years with the 11th Armored Division bring the stories in this book to life and add vivid historical detail.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Haunting Memories¿ or¿ A Bright New Future

    As head producer of Mornings with Laurie and Clark, Seattle¿s top news show, Ava Ellington knows her position is tentative as the ratings were slipping. When her mother calls to ask her to assist her Grandpa Jack (Jackson Andrews) on a WWII battle site tour, as she had broken her leg, Ava sees a chance to break down the barriers between her and her Grandpa.

    Ava runs the idea past her boss, and he suggests that she videotape the tour for mini-segments for the show. But Ava will have to be reminded over and over that this tour is for the healing of her grandpa and not a TV special.

    Grand-Paul (Paul Prichard), a close friend of Grandpa Jack, was also going, under the care of his grandson, Dennis, Ava¿s first love from fifteen years earlier.

    Upon arrival in Paris, they find the tour cancelled due to the tour guide¿s accident in Northern Africa. Both men want to continue the tour, so Ava and Dennis accommodate them. The mystery parts Ava wants to know about is Angeline and Chenogne, the two things Grandpa Jack has kept secret from Ava. The tour ends with a memorial service at the Mauthausen concentration camp.

    Tricia weaves the tender story of two elderly ex-soldiers from the same Infantry Division who want to reminisce and make amends stemming back from their haunting actions and memories from WWII, particularly Grandpa Jack with Angeline and Chenogne. The heartfelt emotions of the characters tear at your own heart as you hear the story unfold. The interactions between Grandpa Jack and Ava the TV host and Ava the granddaughter evolve in such a way that it heals your heart. The sights and scenes bring both sorrow and joy to the two friends. It¿s a trip that is both agonizing and freeing. One that¿s filled with hope and faith that reaches the most unlikely characters.

    Woven amongst the WWII tour memories, there¿s an on-again, off-again romance between Ava and Dennis. Their goals had separated them fifteen years ago. Ava also has the complication of an ex-fiance who wants her back. Would she have to choose? Would their goals continue to separate them? Especially when Ave and Dennis are again separated at the end of the tour.

    Being so close to Veteran¿s day, it¿s a time to remember and give thanks to all the soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they made on our behalf. Thanks also to Tricia for sharing these memories with us in novel format.

    Since I read this book, my husband and I got to meet a gentleman, who served in Northern Africa during WWII, and his wife. Applebees restaurant gives a free meal to veterans on Veterans¿ Day here, and we were talking with this couple until our booth was available. We asked them to share the booth with us. It was exciting to meet a WWII veteran and his wife. They were in their late 80¿s. Now I understand Tricia Goyer¿s joy in sharing their stories.

    This book was provided by Amy Lathrop from The Litfuse Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

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    A personal look at how WWII affected the life of those that served!

    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 just 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?

    My Review:

    This is such a wonderful book to read as an outsider looking into the personal relationship that Ava and her grandfather are working at resolving while traveling across Europe despite the fact that the original planned tour was cancelled and now Ava is funding this trip as a gift to her grandfather. Feeling more than overwhelmed at traveling in a country where the language is foreign to her as well as the country itself, she is determined to make this trip memorable for her grandfather, despite the fact that her very job could depend on the footage she is able to capture along the way. However her grandfather isn't about to share his memories so Ava can capture this on her television show. There are simply some memories that are just too painful to share as Ava will soon discover the real reason for her grandfather's trip to Europe.

    I received Remembering You by Tricia Goyer, compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and since Tricia Goyer is one of my personal literary favorites I jumped at the chance to read this one. I am such a huge history fan of World War II, that this was such a rare delight to see how the war impacted someone on a personal level and that's why I believe this one deserves all 5 out of 5 stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

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    A contemporary look at historical events

    Ava doesn't want to miss anymore special times with her grandfather. She realizes as she looks back over the years that the things they talked about were not the things that were important to him. So this trip with him to retrace his steps that he took as a young nineteen year old fighting in WWII was important. Meeting up again with an old flame that she deeply fell in love with when she was eighteen, makes this trip a bit stressed, but very interesting.

    I enjoyed the book very much, it was a great story, different from Tricia's other WWII books, but was very interesting. I cried with Ava as she realized how frail and old her grandpa was. I laughed at the antics of the two old friends as they tried their hand at some matchmaking. I enjoyed reading about WWII through the eyes of Ava, coming to grips with the things her grandfather went through as a young man, and finding her own faith again. There was a part that caught me off guard, when during a conversation with her grandfather, one of the other soldiers used a word you rarely find in Christian fiction. All in all a wonderful story with a contemporary view of a historical event. 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only by Litfuse Publicity, I was not compensated in any manner for this review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Live To Read

    Ava is the main character of this novel. The reader meets her in her normal, busy state...right before her life changes slightly. Her grandfather, as a last wish, asks her to go on a tour of World War II battle sites. Along the way, she learns much more about her grandfather's past, some of it hidden and very unexpected. Her grandfather and her have always had a "guarded" relationship, they never had that easygoing type of relationship. Ava hopes to move towards the latter type of relationship during this journey. The story takes off as Ava learns about a tightly guarded secret from her grandfather's past...she seeks to heal an old wound.

    As a character, Ava is very likable. She is calm, devoted, and smart. She is not necessarily the warm and fuzzy type, but the reader will connect with her fairly easily. The secondary characters, particularly Dennis (the love interest), are fun to get to know. The reader will enjoy the fast-paced, interesting events as well. The ending is somewhat of a surprise, somewhat not surprising at all...depends on the readers' perception. This book is recommended to adult readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    This was a step back in time. A delightful read. The author is a

    This was a step back in time. A delightful read. The author is an accomplished weaver of a story with a good ending. I truly love this author's books. I look forward to her newest she has become one of my favorite authors..

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Not recommended for every one but for those in

    search for God and the words of the Bible.

    Extremely slow plot with a pathetic end. I felt that someone was trying to convert me to a "born again christian". There are two stories: a love story and about a 2nd WW veteran searching for a victim of the ward. I found it very boring.

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