Memorializing the heroes of World War II: Remembering You (article and giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  November 26, 2011 — 5 Comments

After I heard author Tricia Goyer speak about her experiences while interviewing World War II veterans, I knew I had to read her latest book, Remembering You.

Her novel tells a small piece of the story of the men of the 41st Cavalry Recon Squadron, Eleventh Armored Division, Patton’s Third US Army—the first GI’s to liberate the Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp. Over the years, the men of the Eleventh invited Tricia to their annual reunions and shared with her their photos, their stories, and their tears. Tricia’s relationship with these men changed her life forever.

Tricia writes, “One of my most amazing experiences was when I received an email from a woman named Hana. She’d heard of my books and knew I’d interviewed some of the veterans. She asked if I’d interviewed any medics. Then she told me her story.

Hana was born on a cart outside of Mauthausen. When the Americans arrived, she was three weeks old and very ill. No one expected her to live. Yet one of the medics saw the small baby and knew he had to do something. Even though it took most of the day, he lanced and cleaned all Hana’s sores, saving her life. Over the years she’d wanted to find the medic, but didn’t know where to start.

I told Hana I knew one medic—-maybe he would remember who that man was. I gave Hana the contact information and soon heard the good news. My friend LeRoy ‘Pete’ Petersohn was the medic who’d saved her life! The two were quickly reunited. ‘Baby!’ Pete called out when he met her. After all these years Hana was able to look into the eyes of the man who saved her and thank him.”

Hana and Pete’s story inspired this novel.

What’s the story about? In Remembering You, television producer Ava Ellington’s life is falling apart when her Grandpa Jack invites her to accompany him on a tour of World War II battle fields. In Europe, Ava and her grandfather meet up with his best friend, Paul, and Grand-Paul’s grandson Dennis—who just happens to be Ava’s first love. Though the romantic premise was intriguing, I most enjoyed Jack and Paul’s stories. As they shared their memories and dealt with the grief and guilt they’d harbored over the years, my heart was truly touched. I’m confident yours will be, too! So follow this link to purchase a copy of Remembering You. ***Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy for me to review.

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 the photo above. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 29th. Winner will be announced at the Facebook Party on 11/29.  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!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

5 responses to Memorializing the heroes of World War II: Remembering You (article and giveaway)

  1. This sounds like an intriuging book! I will have to add this to my list. I am currently reading “The Bronze Horseman” by Paullina Simons. It’s a wonderful love story that takes place in Lennigrad during WWII. Tatiana and her family are living in a one room apartment trying to survive the bombing raids and lack of food. It is well written and keeps me glued. The love story that develops between Tatiana and Alexander, an officer, is just heartwrenching. When I am finished with this one, I may have to order Remembering You!

  2. Oh, I just read a book about WWII ….. pretty interesting =D

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