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Guideposts Remembering You

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.

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Review 1 for Remembering You
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Date:February 23, 2012
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Lynnie
Age:55-65
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Well written, touching story. Took me back to talking with my Grandpa and father about their pasts.
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Review 2 for Remembering You
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Excellent WW II novel

Date:January 14, 2012
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Susan Osborn
Location:Fullerton, CA
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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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Review 3 for Remembering You
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Haunting Memories… or… A Bright New Future

Date:November 28, 2011
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Anonymous
Location:St. Paul, MN
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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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Review 4 for Remembering You
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Contemporary look at historical events

Date:November 21, 2011
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Cindy Loven
Location:Clarksville, AR
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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.
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Review 5 for Remembering You
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A Story Where Past and Present Come Together

Date:November 18, 2011
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Tammi
Location:maine
Age:35-44
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Remembering You is a story where past and present come together and take the reader on an incredible journey through Europe. Ava, her Grandpa Jack, and his friend whom Ava fondly calls, Grand-Paul, visit battle sites as they retrace the route these men took during World War II.
Through her research, and interviews with World War II veterans Tricia Goyer honors these veterans by using their stories to create stories like Remembering You, Stories I think many readers will enjoy, especially those who enjoy history. I may never be able to visit Europe myself, but Tricia Goyer’s descriptions made me feel that I was there experiencing the journey with the characters.
I loved the characters in this story, they were so real that they leapt off the page. I watched them grow with each new experience, and as they learned more about each other. They learned forgiveness, compassion, to listen, and to accept each other as they are. They also grew in their love of God.
I enjoyed learning about World War II, and the battles that the characters fought in. Tricia Goyer did an excellent job in combining contemporary times and history together to create a wonderful story that I will read again, and have already recommended to my husband, because he also likes to read about World War II.
I would recommend Remembering You for readers high-school to adult.
**Remembering You by Tricia Goyer was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
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Review 6 for Remembering You
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A unique journey through the past

Date:November 16, 2011
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Ava Ellington's life has hit a snag, and her carefully laid out plans to have a wonderful marriage and a strong career seem to have gone sideways. Seeking to overcome her broken heart and to reignite her fumbling career, she agrees to accompany her Grandpa Jack to Europe to tour World War II battle sites. Upon arriving in Paris, they meet up with her grandpa's best friend, Grand-Paul, along with his grandson Dennis, an unexpected addition who triggers reminders of lost love. Ava soon finds herself reliving the end of World War II in Europe through the eyes of her grandfather as they visit battle sites and a concentration camp he and other veterans helped liberate. As the days pass, Ava and Dennis also relive their own history, discovering the embers of a love that may lead to an unexpected outcome.
Tricia Goyer has demonstrated time and again her ability to take the past, breathe new life into it, and use it to illuminate our present and our future, and she has definitely succeeded again! I greatly enjoyed the unique spin she put upon the World War II theme she wove throughout the book, viewing the victories and tragedies of the past through the lens of the relationship of Ava and her Grandpa Jack as he slowly warmed up to her requests to share his experiences. I must admit that the relationship between Ava and Dennis sometimes annoyed me as their often immature interactions reminded me more of adolescents than of grown adults, but perhaps that just demonstrates the author's ability to make the character's realistic, bringing to life not only their positive, enjoyable traits, but their selfish ones too! By the end of the book, these characters had found a place in my heart and earned my respect.
Grandpa Jack was probably my favorite character with his servant heart, his kind but sometimes gruff exterior, his courage to share the truth of the past. I found myself pondering his words to his best friend Grand-Paul when he stated, "you're afraid to pray because you don't want to be disappointed, but prayer is more about being willing to change ourselves. To know God has the answers". Grandpa Jack's challenge to his friend is one that could be said to any of us.
Readers who enjoy a blend of contemporary fiction with historical elements will greatly enjoy Remembering You and I give this book a strong recommendation of 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: Book has bee provided through the publisher and Litsfuse Publicity Group for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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Review 7 for Remembering You
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Sweet mix of past and present

Date:October 27, 2011
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Cara Putman
Location:Indiana
Age:35-44
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Ava had it all -- and now it's slipping away from her. Her job as a tv news producer is in jeopardy. Her love life is dead. Even her high priced condo could be too much for her. Then her Mom calls with a desperate request. Will she accompany her grandfather on his trip to Europe. The catch? He's returning with his Army buddies to the battles he fought during WWII. Ava wonders if this might save her career...interviewing the veterans at the scene is something that will grip readers hearts. Then she connects with the group and runs smack into her past and first love.
This story is a neat mix of old and young, past and present. There are surprises-one based on a real life reunion of a vet that Tricia personally knew. Ava has a lot to learn and many choices to navigate. I wasn't sure until the end how the ultimate story would end. This is a great contemporary twist on World War II stories.
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