Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Writer's Review of “Yesterday's Tomorrow" by Catherine West

{My Review}

This definitely wasn't my typical read. But as always, I'm usually trying to branch out past "my favorite" authors and publishers hoping to find something new and spectacular. I don't usually end up doing that, which ends up driving me right back to those tested, tried and true authors who I know will not disappoint.

I've never read a book published by OakTara Publishing-- and part of that is because I am somewhat of a book snob. I don't want to be, you see... and that's why I'm constantly looking for books to change my mind about small market publishers and the like who will contract books directly with authors instead of literary agents. I'm usually disappointed. But then again--and I blame my editor-like, perfectionist, writer's brain--I've come to the point in which I can clearly acknowledge that even the "best" and most popular publishers sometimes publish rubbish I can hardly stand because of poor writing or lack of editing. 

All that said, I can honestly say I was surprised by this book. From the first page, the author had me hooked with her voice, and her story-line. And that's saying something, especially since the book is set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. For some reason, in my mind, it doesn't seem like a particularly good idea to base a book in the 1960's--but that might be because that decade always seemed to be so filled with such awful happenings for the history of America (not that I was there, or even a twinkle in my parents' eyes at the time).

I really enjoyed the main characters, Kristen Taylor and Luke Maddox, as well as the assuage of minor characters they interacted with along the way. 

There were teeny-weeny things along the way involving scene-structure and dialogue that I noticed only because my brain is geared toward editing, but beyond that, the story was quite enjoyable. Any normal, everyday reader looking for a good book will enjoy Catherine West's Yesterday's Tomorrow


{About Yesterdays Tomorrow}

Shes 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 mothers wishes. Brilliant photographer Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, exudes mystery. Kristin is convinced hes 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, theyre 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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{Meet Catherine West}

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.

Learn more about Catherine at: http://www.catherinejwest.com

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