I'll Be Seeing You
I’ll Be Seeing You by Robin Lee Hatcher has Brianna Hastings doing a research project for her college history class. She must interview the oldest member of her family who happens to be her ninety-eight-year-old grandmother, Daisy. Daisy tells her granddaughter about living through World War II in Boise, Idaho. She has valuable good life lessons to share with Brianna. GeeGee hopes that Brianna is ready to hear them. I thought I’ll Be Seeing You was well-written with realistic, relatable characters. The story is told from multiple points-of-view. It is also goes from the present to the beginning of World War II (the bombing of Pearl Harbor). I had a little trouble in the beginning adjusting to the back-and-forth, but I soon adjusted. We get to see how one mistake changes a person’s life and others. We see how a lie impacts not only the person who told it but to those around them.
With God’s help, we can be forgiven so we can move forward. I like how the author incorporated faith into the story. It was well-done and not preachy. My favorite Christian line is, “When she’d confessed her sin, He’d forgiven her. There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Jesus Christ.” I loved the references to movies from that time period (The Song of Bernadette, Holiday Inn, and Mrs. Miniver). I’ll Be Seeing You deals with realistic situations and problems. We see how the characters overcome them with God’s help. I enjoyed watching the characters grow as people and in faith. I did feel that the book was a little too long. There were points that were repeated a few too many times. A couple of changes would have made I’ll Be Seeing You an even better story. I’ll Be Seeing You is a touching tale that will hold your interest until the very last page. I like that we get to see how one bad choice was turned into good. I’ll Be Seeing You is a story about family, faith, forgiveness, history, salvation, love, and God’s grace.
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