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A Rendezvous to Remember: A Memoir of Joy and Heartache at the Dawn of the Sixties

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In June 1964, Ann Garretson skips her college commencement to tour Europe with Lieutenant Jack Sigg, a tank commander on the German-Czech border, with the hope of returning as his fiancé. A month later, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil.

Jack offers the military life Ann knows as an army brat. Terry, a conscientious obje
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Hardcover, 378 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by Sandra Jonas Publishing
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Samantha Verant
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Garretson and Marshall reach right into the heart in this beautifully written memoir, pulling on every emotion. This is a story about what it means to be human–to struggle with love and what we truly want out of life – especially when being pulled in two different directions. Humorous and heartfelt, the dueling narrative is stunning, surprising, and inspiring. I sobbed at the end, knowing the right choices were made and I applaud the authors for their honesty. An extraordinary love story that sp ...more
Greg Blake
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With all due respect to Tolstoy, Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall prove that all happy families are not alike after all. In a delightful confluence of lives well-lived and a story well-told, “A Rendezvous to Remember” embeds us deep in the sights, sounds and spirit of the summer of 1964, bringing the “Sixties before the Sixties” into sharp focus. This is a time when hair was still short, The Beatles were still new and, for idealists like the authors, peace and justice seemed achievable ...more
Jill Tappert
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You’ll be drawn in! A Rendezvous to Remember has that “special something” that makes you deeply involved with the characters, even in a real-life story. The authors’ reflections and choices as they navigate coming of age during an era of cultural shifts and political polarity is both thought provoking and relatable. I could really feel the internal conflict that Ann faces as she loves two vastly different men who amplify the two “sides” of her personality and also juggles meeting her own code of ...more
Kyle
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting memoir about an interesting time and the people who lived it. I liked how the narrative bounced back and forth between the two authors. Well written and very honest.
Amy Byers
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!! So so good!!! I need more!! What a great read!
Maren
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and romantic

A wonderful story. I loved the people, the story and the fact that it is true. Beautifully descriptive. Exciting and romantic.
Sebrina White
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Rendezvous to Remember transports us back in time. Their story catches us immediately and takes us on a ride of ups and downs, of laughter and sorrow, of unvarnished truth of discovery - and all too soon it’s over – leaving us wanting more. Because This was just “the beginning”.

In this autobiographical romp, Ann and Terry lay their hearts and souls bare to us in a beautiful story of coming of age in the turbulent and rebellious 60’s. As Terry describes Annie as a –“burst of daring flirtation w
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George Duncan
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This most human story takes place in the Sixties. Terry and Ann Marshall write so that we feel deeply what that era meant, as they say, in joy and heartache for those living through it. Life can seem to us as a series of decision problems, some large and some small. Often we labor over each decision as if we are fully in control. Yet typically happenstance drives the opportunities we have, opening new ones, and closing current ones. In this book Terry and Ann alternately and brilliantly describe ...more
Florence Rogers
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hearing both sides of a love story as it happened from two very distinct voices is just one of the many pleasures of Ann and Terry’s memoir. They draw not just from their prolific correspondence, but audio tape that lay unheard for decades and innumerable details that capture the allure of travel around Europe (also the setting for several hilarious and excruciating predicaments!). This memoir vividly draws you into what it was like to be close to so much of the turmoil of the early 60s and how ...more
Sasha Author
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Rendezvous to Remember is a book/story I shall always remember.

Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall's unique approach to their love story / duel memoir / European travel adventure / and historical snapshot of the early part of the 1960s explores, (for starters), the budding non-violent peace movement juxtaposed with one's patriotic involvement in the Vietnam War; each side of this coin represents the quintessence of Terry and Jack, the male champions of this tale.

This narrative seems th
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Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall are the coauthors of the poignant, coming-of-age memoir A Rendezvous to Remember. After getting married, they taught English in the Philippines as Peace Corps volunteers and later served as Peace Corps country codirectors in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Back in the States, they worked side by side as community organizers and activists in Colo ...more

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