Book Review: Yesterday’s Tomorrow

2 Jul

902787_w185Vietnam, 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.





CWest-125Catherine 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.

My Impressions:

Wow!  I loved Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West. Billed as a romance novel, it is so much more — an eye-opening look at the U. S. involvement in Vietnam, a study of the emotional toll of love and loss and a triumph of God’s redemptive love. This is a novel you don’t want to miss.

Kristin Taylor goes to Vietnam to finish the journalistic work that her father started. Determined to find and tell the truth, Kristin discovers a country that will not let her go. The detachment from the men and women serving in Vietnam and the children left orphaned by the war gives way to a deep emotional attachment. And Kristin puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to bring the real Vietnam to her readers back home. In her travels she is paired with photographer Luke Maddox who she suspects in an agency man. But what begins as a strained relationship develops into love as they share helicopters and jeeps and terror and heartbreak.

West brings the Vietnam War to life. Her descriptions of the country and the battles are richly detailed, but never gory. She focuses on the individuals that served there so that her commentary is not political, but personal. She also tells a tale of love that deepens and withstands loss, separation and betrayal. The characters are complex — flawed, frustrating, lovable, and realistic. They portray an honest struggle with faith and the place of God in the world and in their lives. Yesterday’s Tomorrow felt like a real story, and I think that is where its appeal lies. If you want a story that becomes a part of you, choose Yesterday’s Tomorrow.

Highly Recommended.

Great for Book Clubs.

(Thank you to LitFuse for my copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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