Remembering You

Remembering You

by Tricia Goyer


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ISBN-13: 9780824948122
Publisher: Ideals Publications
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 311
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Remembering You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Susanosb More than 1 year ago
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.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
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.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
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.
ForSix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Remembering You is a sweet and powerful story about a woman¿s journey through remembrance of her grandfather¿s World War II experience. I am a bit of a World War II buff. I love reading stories, fact or fictional, set during that time. What starts as a way to get closer to her grandfather while resurrecting her career, because a journey of love and the rekindling of faith for Ava. I enjoyed this novel very much. The highlights for me are Grandpa Jack and Grand-Paul. I believe Ms. Goyer did an excellent job in embracing both characters in a very realistic way. They could be anyone¿s grandfather. A part of me wishes they were mine. I enjoyed their camaraderie, it was very believable. I loved that their friendship stood the test of time and distance. There was a bit of humor in Grand-Paul. Of the two, he was the one with more spunk while Grandpa Jack was the more thoughtful one. I enjoyed the journey the four main characters, Ava and her Grandpa Jack along with Grand-Paul and his grandson Dennis, who just so happened to be Ava¿s first love. I got a real sense of the emotion building between the grandfathers especially during their travel from Paris to the Concentration Camp in Mauthausen, Austria. Ms. Goyer interviewed countless Veterans of WWII and her research shows. There is an authentic feel to her writing. There were times I had to remind myself this was fiction.Sadly the lowlights of Remembering You were Ava and Dennis. I thoroughly enjoyed their backstory and the hint of a possible romance. What I did not enjoy were the characters themselves. In the beginning, Ava was too self-centered and a bit whiney. Dennis was a little too self-righteous for my taste. I don¿t want to seem too harsh with them, both had redeeming factors that made me root for them in the end. Ms. Goyer is an incredibly gifted writer. There were quite a few morsels of goodness in this novel. My favorite was this:¿Ava could picture that. She felt the same way. Not looking back because of the pain. Afraid to look ahead. Maybe she was just watching her feet too.¿I think that captured the essence of who Ava was at the moment her journey started. I could relate to it because I¿m just watching my feel. The hope of this novel is that Ava does begin to look ahead. And what a journey it is.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book on a Goodreads Giveaway. I liked the book. For me it started out a little slow and Ava was kind of annoying. But after a few chapters I really got into the story. Ava got over herself a bit and became more concerned about her grandfather. This book makes a good point about how difficult war is for the young men and women who have to fight in the wars. And the memories that don't go away. I will be looking for more books by this author.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, have you ever picked up a book and you can't put it down until you read the whole book. Well this is it. Ava is working at a TV station as director of a morning show, she lost her boyfriend when he left her a note saying he couldn't do it and her bag of stuff on her doorstep, not even a call. Her job is not going really well and she is trying to find a story to boost ratings for her show. Well her mom calls and tells her that she has broken her leg and she is not going to be able to go on a trip with her dad, Ava's grandpa. She finds out that a groups of soldiers that were part of a tank division that liberated a concentration camp in Austria. They get to Paris and find that her grandfather's friend is she call him Grand-Paul and his grandson Dennis who she was in love with when she was a teenager. They get to the hotel and find out that the tour director had a accident and was not going to able to do the tour. Well the other soldier take the bus and go to Austria and Dennis, Grand-Paul, Grandpa Jack and Ava decide to keep the rental car and do the tour anyway. In the process Ava find out so much more about the stories that they use to tell her growing up and helps her grandfather find a little girl who he thought he shot by accident as an adult and a reunion. You best of our tissues ready because this is a wonderful story. I know part are based on true events and it was written as fiction but the history is there and you can picture the places that we may not all be able to see to clearly in your mind.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Remembering You is a fascinating story of two World War II veterans who make a return tour of European battle sites accompanied by their grandson and granddaughter. Tricia Goyer has written a touching story of the memories of these men who helped to liberate an Austrian labor camp. I do not usually like World War II books but found this book which is based on historical facts to be sensitive and emotional. The characters are well developed. The devotion of the adult grandchildren to their elderly grandfathers was wonderful. Sometimes we learn things we regret about the past were not what they seemed. I received this book from the author and highly recommend it to others.
GmawFL More than 1 year ago
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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LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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.
Carmenhaydee More than 1 year ago
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.