Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yesterday's Tomorrow by Catherine West

About the Book
She's after the story that might get her the Pulitzer. He's determined to keep his secrets to himself.
Vietnam, 1967. Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor wants two things: to honor her father's memory by becoming an award-winning overseas correspondent and to keep tabs on her only brother, Teddy, who signed up for the war against their mother's wishes. Brilliant photographer Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, exudes mystery. Kristin is convinced he's hiding something. Willing to risk it all for what they believe in, Kristin and Luke engage in their own tumultuous battle until, in an unexpected twist, they're forced to work together.
Ambushed by love, they must decide whether or not to set aside their own private agendas for the hope of tomorrow that has captured their hearts.
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My Thoughts
So I seriously considered just angrily hitting random keys until I had a paragraph and then ending with "and that's how I really feel!" But I decided to be a good person and actually try to voice my thoughts (and though my first sentence might have made you think I hate the book that is not the case at all!).
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book and I almost didn't request it. But I hadn't really read anything set during this time so I decided to give it a shot. At first I really wasn't getting into the book. It was one of those times where there was absolutely nothing necessarily wrong with the book it just wasn't fully snagging my attention. But then I got sucked in and finished the remainder of the book in one day. It is really hard to find words for this book and I literally went through the full spectrum of emotions while reading. I was smiling, laughing, sighing, groaning, crying, yelling in frustration and anger, and muttering under my breath. (If you don't believe me you can ask my sister who enjoyed laughing at me while I read!) The story was amazingly well written and the author did a great job of portraying the horrors of what was going on while not getting too graphic. The characters were great (even if they did drive me bonkers at times) and Jonno (Kristin and Luke's friend) was my absolute favorite! All in all this book was very good and I highly recommend it as long as you enjoy books that bring out all of your emotions!
*There are a couple instances of God's name being taken in vain as well as a couple uses of the bad word for donkey and the place of fire and brimstone. Also there's mention of a couple who are "together" before marriage but absolutely no detail is given.

About the Author
Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in
Bermuda. Her first novel, "Yesterday's Tomorrow", won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader's Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine's second novel, "Hidden in the Heart", was also a finalist for a Grace Award. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two college-aged children.

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I received an PDF of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Lindsey said...

There are so many more books around WWII and earlier, but it's tough to find a good book set in the Vietnam era. This sounds like a great one!

Julie said...

Wow! What a great review! Any book that has the reader going through that range of emotions HAS to be a winner! Thanks for sharing!

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