Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yesterday's Tomorrow by Catherine West

Yesterday's Tomorrow

It's 1967 and Kristin Taylor wants to go to Vietnam to report on the war, and honor her father's memory by becoming an award-winning journalist like he was. but no editor will send her. So she strikes out on her own and steps into a world more terrifying than she'd Imagined.

As she encounters the horrors of war, Kristin struggles to report the truth while desperately trying to keep tabs on her only brother who enlisted some time ago, but both tasks seem impossible.

When she meets photographer Luke Maddox, Kristin knows she's found a story. They mystery beneath his brooding eyes triggers her curiosity. She's convinced he's hiding something and determines to discover his secrets. The only trouble is, he won't let her within three feet of him.

In an unexpected twist, Kristin and Luke are forced to work together. With war raging all around them, they engage in their own tumultuous battle of emotions. Headstrong and willing to risk it all for what they believe in, they'll do whatever it takes to fulfill their own private agendas. Kristin is after a story that might get her the Pulitzer. Luke wants retribution from the enemy that took away his family. In the face of death, Kristin and Luke must decide if they're willing to set aside selfish ambition for the love that seems to have ambushed them and captured their hearts.

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Yesterday's Tomorrow was captivating. I was just a child when these things took place and the only knowledge that I had of that war was hearsay and of course the famous TV show that ran for 11 seasons. It took me back to that time and showed me some realities that are often over looked, in any war, not just that one. It was personal and devastating to everyone who was there. The characters in the book took on a life of their own as I turned page after page. I had to find out how their story unfolded and what lives they would touch.

There is a very real love story throughout this book but there was a sense of realism to it that isn't always in some books. Sometimes people don't want to read things that are too real. Real can be painful. There were times in this book that I cried. Of course, I cried. It was a book in the middle of a war and the aftermaths of that war. It affected their lives for many years after they left the war zone. And it had an impact on the lives of those who were waiting back in America. It touched on the ugliness of war, the innocent who are in the middle of war, the aftermath of the war, and the healing that must take place after experiencing things that no one should ever have to witness.

I loved this book for the excellent way it was written and for the realism that came through the pages of the story. It reminded me that even in hard situations that there will be a place for God to use you to shine His light in the darkness. He gives us moments to cherish even in the midst of such pain. It is not a dark book by any means. She writes it in such a way that you can picture things but she doesn't go into huge details that would keep you up at night. But it does make you think AND feel.

It is an excellent debut novel by Catherine West and I look forward to reading more. It isn't for the faint of heart. It will touch you to the very core!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Terri! I am so pleased you enjoyed it. It's really wonderful to hear that readers are learning more about that time and what the war really meant to those involved. I admit to knowing very little about it myself when I first started my research, but I came away with a new respect for all who served, and the knowledge that we must never forget what they did for their country.

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