Thursday, August 11, 2016

(Review) A Moment Forever, Liberty Victory Series #1 by Cat Gardiner

Publication Date: June 1, 2016
Publisher: Vanity and Pride Press
Genre: Fiction, Family Saga, Family Secrets, World War II, Romance
Pages: 566
ISBN: 9780997313000
Source: Free copy from Cat Gardiner and Poetic Book Tours in exchange for a review
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

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Cat Gardiner's Bio: 
Born and bred in New York City, Cat Gardiner is a girl in love with the romance of an era once known as the Silent Generation, now referred to as the Greatest Generation. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, Romance Writers of America, and Tampa Area Romance Authors, she and her husband adore exploring the 1940s Home Front experience as living historians, wishing for a time machine to transport them back seventy years.
She loves to pull out her vintage frocks and attend USO dances, swing clubs, and re-enactment camps as part of her research, believing that everyone should have an understanding of The 1940s Experience™. Inspired by those everyday young adults who changed the fate of the world, she writes about them, taking the reader on a romantic journey. Cat’s WWII-era novels always begin in her beloved Big Apple and surround you with the sights and sounds of a generation.
She is also the author of four Jane Austen-inspired contemporary novels, however, her greatest love is writing 20th Century Historical Fiction, WWII-era Romance. A Moment Forever is her debut novel in that genre.
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Summary:
In the summer of 1992, a young writer is bequeathed the abandoned home of a great-uncle she never knew. The house has a romantic history and is unlike any home she has ever seen. Juliana Martel felt as though she stepped into a time capsule—a snapshot of 1942. The epic romance—and heartache—of the former occupant unfold through reading his wartime letters found in the attic, compelling her on a quest to construct the man. His life, as well as his sweetheart’s, during the Second World War were as mysterious as his disappearance in 1950.
Carrying her own pain inflicted by the abandonment of her mother and unexpected death of her father, Juliana embarks on a journalist’s dream to find her great-uncle and the woman he once loved. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a man whose family is closely related to the secrets, she uncovers the carefully hidden events of her great-uncle’s and others’ lives – and will ultimately change her own with their discovery.
This story of undying love, born amidst the darkest era in modern history, unfolded on the breathtaking Gold Coast of Long Island in 1942. A Jewish, Army Air Forces pilot and an enchanting society debutante—young lovers—deception—and a moment in time that lasted forever.
A Moment Forever is an evocative journey that will resonate with you long after you close the book. Romance, heartache, and the power of love, atonement, and forgiveness transform lives long after the horrors and scars of the Second World War have ended.

My Thoughts: 
I am a big fan of the 1940s. Both of my parents came of age during this period. My dad was a World War II Veteran. Mother shared stories of going to the USO clubs to dance with the military men. Mother worked as an overseas operator for Ma Bell. She spent her paycheck on clothes, make-up, and having fun. Mother was secretive about her romances. My mother was a glamorous beauty and I am sure she left a wake of men. 
When I read a synopsis of A Moment Forever, I knew I had to read this story. I immediately fell in love with the story from the start. 
A Moment Forever is a busy story. There are several plots going on, plus a change in the time period. The story moves back and forth from the 1940s (primarily 1942) to 1992. 
In 1992, Juliana Martel inherits a home in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, NY. She is a writer for a magazine, but yearns to write something of importance. She uncovers a mystery in her family-a missing relative and an epic love story. Other characters in A Moment Forever, plus the war and Nazism, bring about further plots. 
The time shift was easy to keep up with. The chapters did not alternate with a back and forth time change, but sometimes camped out for a few chapters in one time period. 
I cared deeply about the characters, several of them had underlying stories that emerged as the book developed. 
Several surprises in the family history awaited me in the later half of the story. It was then I realized what a super ambitious first novel is A Moment Forever. 
A Moment Forever is a lengthy novel; however, it has a solid pace and kept me reading to the last page.
Lastly, the romantic element in the story brings an epic feel. It is a love story that transcends time. I believe this last element brings the reader a splash of magic. We all yearn to be loved and treasured beyond the restraints of age and life's hardships.

My mother 1943. 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Annette for your wonderful review. I LOVE that you shared your mother's story with us! I kept thinking as I read how her 1940s Experience would make a great blog post! Tell readers about this beautiful lady who probably captured many hearts on the USO dance floor. No doubt she was a pen pal, too.

    The theme of romance at any age is an essential part of AMF that meant a lot to me. It will actually be the subject of my next blog stop visit for guest article at Calico Critic. So I am delighted that it touched you. Thank you again for this incredible review. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it!

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