Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Book Blog Tour Stop - Gracianna by Trini Amador
About The Book:
The gripping story of Gracianna--a French-Basque girl forced to make impossible decisions after being recruited into the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris.
Gracianna is inspired by true events in the life of Trini Amador's great-grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. As an adult, Amador was haunted by the vivid memory of finding a loaded German Luger tucked away in a nightstand while wandering his great-grandmother's home in Southern California. He was only four years old at the time, but the memory remained and he knew he had to explore the story behind the gun.
Decades later, Amador would delve into the remarkable odyssey of his Gracianna's past, a road that led him to an incredible surprise. In Gracianna, Amador weaves fact and fiction to tell his great-grandmother's story.
Gracianna bravely sets off to Paris in the early 1940s--on her way to America, she hopes--but is soon swept into the escalation of the war and the Nazi occupation of Paris. After chilling life-and-death struggles, she discovers that her missing sister has surfaced as a laborer in Auschwitz. When she finds an opportunity to fight back against the Nazis to try to free her sister, she takes it--even if it means using lethal force.
As Amador tells the imagined story of how his great-grandmother risked it all, he delivers richly drawn characters and a heart-wrenching page-turner that readers won't soon forget.
With so many of the Greatest Generation being lost everyday, it is so important to get their stories down so that the sacrifices they made and the struggles they went through will never be forgotten.
Author Trini Amador has done just that with his beautifully moving novel/memoir, "Gracianna." He tells the story of his great-grandmother and her life during World War II in such an amazing and personal fashion, that the reader is pulled into the story and finds themselves breathlessly pushing through the chapters to find out what happens next.
This book is obviously written with much love and devotion. With his telling of his family's story, Amador not only guarantees that the history of his great-grandmother will not be forgotten, he graciously shares that history with the world - and I, for one, thank him for that!
I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it for those interested in World War II history, historical fiction, and inspirational fiction.
About The Author:
Trini Amador vividly remembers the day he found a loaded German Luger tucked away in a nightstand while wandering through his great-grandmother’s home in Southern California. He was only four years old at the time, but the memory remained and he knew he had to explore the story behind the gun. This experience sparked a journey towards Gracianna, Amador’s debut novel, inspired by true events and weaving reality with imagination. It's a tale drawing from real-life family experiences.
Mr. Amador is a traveled global marketing "insighter.” He is a sought-after guru teaching multinational brand marketers to understand how customer and consumer segments behave based on their needs, values, motivations, feeling and values. He has trained over five thousand brand marketers on how to grow brands in over 20 countries in the last 15 years. His counseling has been valued at global brands including General Electric, Microsoft, AT&T, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems, Google, Jack Daniel’s, The J.M. Smucker Co., DuPont, Mattel, and Rodale, Inc..
Amador is also a founding partner with his wife and children of Gracianna Winery, an award-winning winery located in Healdsburg, California. The winery also pays tribute to the Amador Family’s maternal grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. Her message of being thankful lives on through them. The Gracianna winery strives to keep Gracianna’s gratitude alive through their wine. Learn more at: www.gracianna.com, like Gracianna Winery on Facebook or follow them on Twitter@GraciannaWinery.
Amador resides in Sonoma County with his family.
Check out this amazing book trailer for the book!
My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Books Tours for including me on this tour and to the author for the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.