Thursday, July 21, 2011

Read a good book lately?

I have.

And I'm reading a good one now.

It's a debut novel from Cathy West called Yesterday's Tomorrow.

Here's a description of 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.

I'm about halfway through the story and really enjoying it. One of the reasons I like it, other than because it's well written, is because it's set in the 1960s--and that in itself is unusual. The setting, Vietnam, 1967, sucks you in, becoming a character in the story. You can feel the simmering heat and the buzzing insects, feel the humidity hanging in the air.

I get the impression Cathy wrote this book with passion, and as a reader, I love that. So if you're still looking for a good summer read, pick it up!

1 comment:

Keli Gwyn said...

I enjoyed Cathy's book. I was a kid in school when the Vietnam War took place. One of my uncles was a photographer in the war, so the story enabled me to better understand what he might have experienced. Even though it's a war story, Cathy did a good job presenting the facts in a tasteful and respectful way.