I am SO excited that I am participating in my very FIRST blog book tour :D And honestly? I don't think it could have been a better book. Without further ado, let me jump right in on everything I got for ya today!
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.
I will be honest, I was wary of this book from the description for some reason. However, I love history, especially historical Christian fiction. What could be better, right!? Boy, am I glad I decided to review it. I sincerely enjoyed this book from front to back. It included every element that I love to read - romance, history, religious elements, and mystery.
This story follows four main characters: Ava, Grandpa Jack (her grandfather), Grand-Paul (Grandpa Jack's best friend and Ava's second "grandfather"), and Dennis (Grand-Paul's grandson and Ava's first true love). From just getting out of a broken engagement, Ava feels she is barely able to keep up with life itself. She is a producer of a morning talk show and has been taken away from everything she knows, her family, her old friends, and God. Last minute she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime - travel Europe with her grandfather a World War II veteran. She takes up the offer, but turns it not only into a trip for her grandpa, but a trip for herself as well. She is to film their way through Europe and do a feature on the talk show everyday. Through the book revelations are made, mysteries are solved, tears are shed, and new love is found.
As I said before, I really enjoyed this book very much. I thought that Goyer had her characters spot on, their emotions were so powerful. The reader feels transported right into the story, which is always proof of a job well done! This was my first book by Goyer and I definitely want to try to find more by her. I loved her writing style. It was emotional, yet simple and easy to follow. One of my favorite sentences in the whole book was: Even with shaky steps they still walk with pride. I feel that gives you good insight to how she writes throughout the book. Though this is a 300 page book, the storyline made it intriguing and you always wanted to pick it up! My biggest critique would probably be of Ava's character. I understand part of her character was to be headstrong and somewhat stubborn, but it really irritated me sometimes. I felt that she pushed her grandfather too much on information he was not ready to tell her and pushed Dennis further away on their improving relationship as well. Dennis gave her excellent advice at one point, that I wish she would have listened to better. He preached to her, for lack of a better term, that it was not her trip, it was Grandpa Jack's trip. It was not her choice to push him with these decisions. Having grandparents of a similar age to Grandpa Jack, I can relate to how easy it is for them to tire. I just did not like the decisions her character sometimes made. On another note though that was another way Goyer caught you up in the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I have already recommended it to a couple people and will continue to do so. Very impressive job, Tricia! I look forward to more in the future!
Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The 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 visitwww.triciagoyer.com
Link to buy the book: http://www.triciagoyer.com/
Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her novel, Remembering You, with a KINDLE Touch Giveaway for you ... and for the friend of your choice. Then on 11/29 she'll be wrapping up the release of Remembering You with a Book Chat Party!
During the first half of the party Tricia will be chatting, sharing a sneak peek of her next book, and giving away a ton of great stuff. Then she'll head over to her website for a Live Chat! Readers will be able to chat with Tricia via video or text.
Don't miss your chance to win a Kindle Touch for yourself ... and to "remember" a friend this holiday with a Kindle Touch for them!
Read what the reviewers are saying here.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Brand New Kindle Touch and a Kindle Touch for a Friend (winner's choice!)
- A copy of Remembering You by Tricia Goyer for each
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 29th. Winner will be announced at Remembering You Facebook Party on 11/29. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away copies of her other WWII books and gift certificates to Starbucks and Amazon.com. So grab your copy of Remembering You and join Tricia on the evening of the 29th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How much do you know about WWII?) and lots of giveaways.
Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!Hope I did this okay! LOL! Posting a little early, but I think that's perfectly acceptable : ) Have a great Thursday, y'all! Almost the weekend! Muah!