“Yesterday’s Tomorrow” by Catherine West

VIETNAM 1967

She’s after the story that might get her the Pulitzer.

He’s determined to keep his secrets to himself.

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.

A poignant love story set amidst the tumultuous Vietnam War.

Bio:  Educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. 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. Catherine and her husband live on the beautiful island of Bermuda, with their two college-aged children. Catherine is a member of Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a founding member of International Christian Fiction Writers. Catherine’s debut novel Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in March 2011 through
OakTara Publishers. Catherine’s next novel, Hidden in the Heart, will be available in the near future, also through OakTara.

View the book trailer ‘here’:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vVQUMRlYhkM

Read an Excerpt from Yesterday’s Tomorrow.

Endorsements:

”This compelling love story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War transported me through recent history. Cathy West’s debut novel is beautifully crafted and thoroughly engaging!”  ––Deborah Raney, author of the Clayburn Novels and Almost Forever

”YESTERDAY’S TOMORROW is filled with action, emotion and splendid imagery which captivates the reader from the get-go. ” —Don Brown, Author of Zondervan’s NAVY JUSTICE SERIES http://www.donbrown.com

”Heartwrenching! Powerful! In Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Catherine West spans seas and generations to report on the Perfect Love Who will never let go.
Don’t miss this poignant debut novel.”–Patti Lacy Author of The Rhythm of Secrets http://www.pattilacy.com

My Review:

In light of just celebrating Veteran’s Day on 11/11/11, Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West gives credence to Vietnam Veterans, a group of veterans who have mostly been forgotten or ridiculed.  They gave their lives for a cause, put themselves in personal danger, and suffered mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) was identified from this war.  Schnurr, Lunney, and Sengupta[46] identified risk factors for the development of PTSD in Vietnam veterans. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_stress_disorder)

Catherine weaves a thread of romance in her book through the eyes of independent, career-driven journalist, Kristin Taylor, out to finish a job her father had started, and superb photographer, Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, seemingly holding out on a secret mission that needed exposing.  Their romance helped to alleviate some of the trauma of reading about the horrors and atrocities of the war.

The romance itself was traumatic, too, due to the circumstances, but also the brooding and hot temper of the characters.  Lack of sleep added to the tension, which was palpable in Catherine’s characters.  The full breath of their relationship is heartrending at times.

Personally knowing men who have come back from Vietnam, I am acquainted with the stresses of the war and the resulting turmoil, especially those in combat, search and rescue, and physicians and their nurses.  Catherine did an excellent job of describing the horrifying experiences of the war and its toll on the men and women serving, as well as the war correspondents.  It made me think about whether I would have the courage to engage in war as they did.  Personally convicting.

Catherine’s inclusion of humor was appreciated to lower the emotional trauma of reading about the wartime circumstances and to bring some sanity into the midst of the insanity of the war.  The web of faith spread by the ‘Preacher’ ultimately kept many of the men and women striving for resolution and hope for healing.  In fact, I just heard this week that they are providing ‘stick Bibles’ (technological forms of the New Testament) for the men and women overseas today, giving them hope through Christ during their stressful times.

A great book to help understand PTSD in loved ones and encouraging them to receive help for their very real symptoms.

This book was provided by Catherine West through This Is A Blog About Books in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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