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Monday, October 6, 2014

Yesterday's Tomorrow...Review

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.

Kristin Taylor journeys to Vietnam, driven by the need to find out why her father died. He had been in pursuit of a story that would expose military secrets and Kristin is determined to finish it. Luke Maddox photographs the war experience and the two are thrown together in partnership. Each has secrets, but they know they must work together. The war stole lives and brought heartache to all sides and neither Kristin nor Luke is immune to its tragedy. Their love is tested but will it too be a casualty of war.

Like most people who were born in the mid 1960s or later, my knowledge of the Vietnam war comes from second-hand sources of school, history books and films. It was such a turbulent time with high tension and conflict.  Catherine West has captured that turbulence well in Yesterday's Tomorrow.

Kristin's emotional struggles in Vietnam were remarkably genuine. Like many, she questioned the reason for the war as she watched the toll it took on soldier and civilian alike. Her outrage at the sanitized version presented to those back home in America was palpable. Her sorrow as she returned home and waited was agonizing.

My father's military career ended just before Vietnam. I am proud of his military service, but ever so grateful he was spared the horrors of Vietnam.

Yesterday's Tomorrow is a believable, compelling story and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

I received a complimentary copy for review. You can purchase your own copy here. You can learn more about Catherine West here.

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4/5 Stars

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read a lot of books set in this time period. (I tend to avoid the sixties and seventies for some reason.) But this one sounds good. Here's hoping my library has a copy. :)

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  2. My knowledge of the Vietnam war is very scanty. This must be a book which will give one an insight into the effects the war.

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