About this Book

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.

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, released in 2011 and 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, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards.

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 grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers be sure to check out:

My Review

I give very few 5 star ratings but I think this book deserves it. The author tackles a very difficult time in our history, the Vietnam War. I have vague memories of that time in history and my family didn’t talk about the war much. But as an adult I’ve seen how we as a general population blew it in regards to our Vietnam vets. I honestly didn’t know if I wanted to read this book. However, I’m so glad I did!

I don’t remember how many times I cried during this story as I felt the pain of the characters. I also laughed at times as well. Watching the interaction between Luke and Kristin was, at times, so much fun and at other times, heartbreaking. The author did a great job making these characters real for me.

The story packed a punch as the author describes the events of this horrific war and the aftermath that sadly still affects many men and women that served in that war. I had never thought about the journalist and photographers who would have been there and seen everything they did and the long term pain they experience.

Some people are offended by the use of profanity in Christian books. In this story the author generally used “he swore…” in a few places she does use actual terms, however, they fit the dialog and communicate the appropriate message. I don’t want to read a book full of swear words and I can honestly say that the couple of places where the author uses the actual words were not offensive. They fit the context of the situation.

Even though this was an emotionally packed story I’m glad I read it. The author does a great job of describing the events that you can recognize how bad it was without being overly graphic. I think even the most sensitive could read this story and feel the impact without having nightmares.

Disclaimer: I did receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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6 Replies to “Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West – Review and Give Away”

  1. Right now I am reading Dirty Faith by David Nowell – very inspirational and just started Heaven Sent Rain by Lauraine Snelling.
    Thanks for sharing this book. I have always loved history so makes this a compelling story to read. Thanks for the heads up on the profanity use. I prefer not to read books with profanity, but at least being warned that there may be some helps.

    1. I feel the same way, but this was a case where I didn’t feel like it was offensive. And I think it was twice in the whole book. And it was not the “F” Bomb either… the story was really good and well done.

  2. I just finish a wonderful novel, the Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith. I’m almost done with another good one–No Safe Haven by Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse. This book sounds like one I’d be very interested in reading. Thank you for your review.

  3. I’m also hesitant to read stories like this, but am usually glad when I do. I’m currently reading “Wounded Tiger”- a nonfiction novel about the Japanese fighter pilot who lead the attack on Pearl Harbor and later became a Christian. It’s been hard to read at times knowing that those horrible things happened, but it’s been a really good read. It seems reading Yesterday’s Tomorrow might be the same way.

  4. I just read Jane Kirkpatrick’s most recent book. I loved this book and own two copies of the first printing. She tackles a hard topic not discussed by many and makes it real to us!

  5. Right now I’m in the middle of my 5th book so I’m not reading much. 🙁 But I will again and this book will be high on my list! I lived through the Vietnam war and lost several friends. pat at ptbradley dot com

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