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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 fiancée. A month later, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil. Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, wi 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 fiancée. A month later, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil. Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, will leave for the Peace Corps at summer’s end, unless the draft board intervenes and sends him to jail. Her dilemma: she loves them both. Caught between the old mores and winds of change, Ann must make an agonizing choice. In alternating voices, A Rendezvous to Remember presents firsthand accounts by the two who eventually married, enriched by letters from the rival, whose path led him elsewhere. Provocative and delightfully uncensored, this coming-of-age memoir is a tribute to the enduring power of love and family.


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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 fiancée. A month later, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil. Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, wi 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 fiancée. A month later, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil. Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, will leave for the Peace Corps at summer’s end, unless the draft board intervenes and sends him to jail. Her dilemma: she loves them both. Caught between the old mores and winds of change, Ann must make an agonizing choice. In alternating voices, A Rendezvous to Remember presents firsthand accounts by the two who eventually married, enriched by letters from the rival, whose path led him elsewhere. Provocative and delightfully uncensored, this coming-of-age memoir is a tribute to the enduring power of love and family.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Verant

    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 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 spans decades.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Greg Blake

    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 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 goals. A Rendezvous to Remember is a story of swiftly changing times on two continents, from the American military bases in Cold War West Germany to the mountain switchbacks of Colorado. But most of all, it is a love story—better yet, two of them—told with sly humor, crackling dialogue, and deep humanity. – Greg Blake Miller, director of Olympian Creative and author of “Decemberlands”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maren

    Interesting and romantic A wonderful story. I loved the people, the story and the fact that it is true. Beautifully descriptive. Exciting and romantic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill Tappert

    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 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 morals and the expectations of her family and society. I recommend this book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Byers

    I love this book!! So so good!!! I need more!! What a great read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sebrina White

    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 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 with the free spirited sixties, followed by a quick retreat to the comfort of the Victorian fifties,” we feel the push and pull of that juxtaposition as Ann and Terry are living it. There is so much to say about this delightful book – but ultimately it is a love affair for the written word. Ostensibly because of the expense of long distance phone calls, letters were the communication of choice. Consequently those written words are planted more deeply in our brain, retrieved as needed throughout a lifetime, not merely gone with the breeze that was blowing when you said or heard them. Easily molded, twisted, and evolved as circumstances change and your heart song changes. Because Ann and Terry understood the importance of those written words, they were able to take us on this wonderful ride with them without glossing over the difficult bits that may have been hard to remember after the full and incredible lives that they continued to live. I highly recommend this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    George Duncan

    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 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 the circumstances, many complicated and mostly unforeseen, that in the context of Ann's love for two most appealing men, both of whom love her, lead through struggles to a choice. With amazing detail and honesty they show us the reality of the multitude of events--mail deliveries, an ill-chosen word, work demands and possibilities, a touch--that so strongly influence the decisions they make. And, too, the book must show us the haphazard way we, also, make decisions. Yet, Terry and Ann are not adrift on the raft of life. Their feelings power that raft, not making it a high-powered speedboat breaking through every wave, but a least a row boat with two pairs of oars strongly pulled. Likely that is the best we, too, can do in this complex world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Florence Rogers

    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 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 social and political change was embedded into every decision of a young person’s life. I’m so glad that Ann and Terry worked over several years to craft their story into this finely tuned memoir and I hope it inspires more people to capture their own journeys of the heart.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daisy Hollands

    I really enjoyed this story. It reads like fiction but it’s actually a true story, told by two of the three main characters. I was completely drawn into the saga, so well documented, a love story in every sense of the word. I saw someone else describe this as “what it means to be human” and I think that’s so accurate. Every emotion is rendered on the pages and as a reader you get to weigh up every thought and event. Of course, you do get to wondering what you would do in Ann’s shoes. Delightfull I really enjoyed this story. It reads like fiction but it’s actually a true story, told by two of the three main characters. I was completely drawn into the saga, so well documented, a love story in every sense of the word. I saw someone else describe this as “what it means to be human” and I think that’s so accurate. Every emotion is rendered on the pages and as a reader you get to weigh up every thought and event. Of course, you do get to wondering what you would do in Ann’s shoes. Delightfully candid - human relationships laid bare. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Lauren

    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 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 the stuff seasoned screenwriters might dream up in a brainstorming session, but in reality the story, (which plumbs the depth of the human heart, complicated choices, complex family dynamics, and the ability to love more than one person at once), is the true life tale of the married Marshalls who beguile their audience through their passionate and pragmatic writing. Down to earth Ann grew up in a military family with traditional, conservative mid-American values. In college she befriends peacenik journalist Terry Marshall, who has his sights set on working for the Peace Core. Terry is deluged with life challenges as he fights for Ann's heart, commits to his humanitarian path, and asks the government to classify him as a conscientious objector "on moral grounds, not religious ones." Cutting edge objector status for the times. In high school, well before he met Ann, Terry dated Angela Archuleta, an intelligent, popular girl, daughter of a farm worker, who hailed from a sixteen-block Chicano barrio that fronted the railroad tracks. Terry's involvement with Angela opened a window into a world he had been blind to. Years into their friendship, Ann and Terry realize they have romantic feelings for each other. Ann, whose background and upbringing differ from rebel rouser Terry's, struggles to figure out what her life would look like if she were to embrace a lifelong relationship with outspoken, brazen, politically idealist Terry. To complicate matters, Lieutenant Jack Sigg, a debonair soldier with integrity to spare, brother-in-arms of Ann's older brother fighting the cold war in Germany, enters Stage Right. Jack and Ann fell in love through a pen pal relationship (just before the Ann-Terry relationship took a deeper turn), culminating in an invitation by Jack for Ann to spend a summer with him touring Europe in his Sting Ray. For much of the book, readers are the flies-on-the-wall along the ride of this historic Sting Ray Summer. We follow step-by-step as Ann is faced with a predicament of life and love. Her part of the biography leaps with humor and astute and loving observations penned in a lyrical hand by a woman in touch with her own voice and the courage to listen to it. "Loving one in no way diminished my love for the other." ~ Ann "How do you measure love? In drops, like honey? In bunches, like flowers?" ~ Ann "Marriage means the loss of freedom only to those who do not know how to live." ~ Terry This is a ride I'm glad I took. This wonderful book is honest, vulnerable, wise, and refreshing; it is time well spent with people of quality. I laughed and sobbed. I give it a strong five stars and recommend this rendezvous wholeheartedly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I received an ARC free from BookSirens and this is my voluntary honest review. A beautifully written memoir that pulls on your heart. Wow! The reader is pulled in with the characters. You experence their life decisions and feel their every life choices. Their ups and downs! Their laughter! Their sorrows! Their truths! Their discoveries! And their joy! Wow! You know these people! Excellent writing! Brilliant! Read and enjoy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    An interesting window with a spectacular view The take on the mid sixties from a young adult perspective. The breadth of firmly held beliefs that still echo here and now. It was interesting to me, what each man said that endeared me or offended. I, like Ann went back and forth, preferring one then the other. I felt her choice was right; and appreciated that she was allowed to continue to love them both. I did want to punch “Bonner”. What an ass, and I was (and maybe still am) angry that Ann allow An interesting window with a spectacular view The take on the mid sixties from a young adult perspective. The breadth of firmly held beliefs that still echo here and now. It was interesting to me, what each man said that endeared me or offended. I, like Ann went back and forth, preferring one then the other. I felt her choice was right; and appreciated that she was allowed to continue to love them both. I did want to punch “Bonner”. What an ass, and I was (and maybe still am) angry that Ann allowed him to “get away with it”. I have a “surprise” sister and brother-in-law; so if a reunion is what you want, consider the DNA route.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Corrie Anne Stacey

    A real life memoir of a complicated love triangle involving Ann, Terry and Jack. A documentation of what it was like to love two men and be torn between them, and how it feels to be one of the men who is desperate to win her heart. It’s a very honest and open account of the lead up to Ann making the very tough decision of who to choose. I’m so glad they decided to share this story, It definitely deserved to be told. I was invested from very early on. They are both such lovely guys and complete o A real life memoir of a complicated love triangle involving Ann, Terry and Jack. A documentation of what it was like to love two men and be torn between them, and how it feels to be one of the men who is desperate to win her heart. It’s a very honest and open account of the lead up to Ann making the very tough decision of who to choose. I’m so glad they decided to share this story, It definitely deserved to be told. I was invested from very early on. They are both such lovely guys and complete opposites that you can really understand how difficult it must have been to be in Ann’s shoes! A really interesting and well written read, not only because of the love triangle, I really enjoyed reading about how life was back then and comparing it to now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Helen Simpson

    A truly honest memoir and account of how life can be complicated with love, a love triangle between two men and a woman. The way the book is written is beautiful, you can fully picture places and scenes easily. Following the story of these characters i was drawn in from the beginning. The fact that this is true made you feel like you knew them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Riggs

    A True Gem. A Book To Remember Whilst Being Raw And Emotionally Told . Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall's story A Rendezvous to Remember is a beautifully written love story which takes you through friendship, complex family dynamics, the ability to love more than one person at once, and the complicated choices you must make when you decide who your true love is. The story starts with a down to earth Ann who grew up in a military family with traditional, conservative mid-American values. I A True Gem. A Book To Remember Whilst Being Raw And Emotionally Told . Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall's story A Rendezvous to Remember is a beautifully written love story which takes you through friendship, complex family dynamics, the ability to love more than one person at once, and the complicated choices you must make when you decide who your true love is. The story starts with a down to earth Ann who grew up in a military family with traditional, conservative mid-American values. In college she befriends a journalist called Terry Marshall, who has his sights set on working for the Peace Core. Terry is commits to his humanitarian path and asks the government to classify him as a conscientious objector on moral grounds, not religious ones. Then after years of friendship, both Ann and Terry realize they have more than just friendship together as their romantic feelings for each other develop. There is just one problem to complicate matters Ann has a pen pal relationship before the Ann-Terry relationship took a deeper turn, this culminating in an invitation by Jack for Ann to spend a summer with him touring Europe in his Sting Ray. Ann falls in love with Lieutenant Jack Sigg who is a soldier and friend of Ann's older brother fighting in the cold war in Germany. For much of the book, readers are drawn into the story as we follow step-by-step the ride of this historic Summer of Ann. Terry, and Jack. You will read how Ann is faced with a predicament of life and love. Who will get the girl Terry or Jack? This book is a beautifully written love story that kept me in suspense throughout the book: It is a truly hidden Gem with raw emotions, vulnerability, and honesty. I found I smiled, laughed, and cried as I read their heartfelt feeling for each other. I give this book five stars and recommend A Rendezvous to Remember wholeheartedly to any book club and anyone who wishes to read a true humorously and emotionally touching story. I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gina Jackson

    A fabulous look-back on a romance story that had me wanting to learn more about the Peace corps, the civil rights movement of the sixties and the Vietnam War. Terry and Ann had to face a lot of problems, not least that Ann was also in love with someone else! The fact they managed to deal with it all, and come out the other side is a true testament to their love and friendship. This book was gifted in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexandrea

    I won this book through Goodreads giveaways. I had a really hard time getting into this book. It was over a month and a half before I even read half of it. It picked up closer to the end so I read that part quickly. I'm not sure if it was because you know the outcome of the story starting out or if it was just a hard book to get into that took me so long to get into it. I enjoyed Ann's telling more than Terry's for some reason. Not sure if it was because of the perspective or her writing or just m I won this book through Goodreads giveaways. I had a really hard time getting into this book. It was over a month and a half before I even read half of it. It picked up closer to the end so I read that part quickly. I'm not sure if it was because you know the outcome of the story starting out or if it was just a hard book to get into that took me so long to get into it. I enjoyed Ann's telling more than Terry's for some reason. Not sure if it was because of the perspective or her writing or just more relatable. I wanted to know her decision and her adventures more. Although it was hard to start I wanted to know more by the end. I all of sudden felt like it was rushed and I wanted that detail that was at the start back. It is worth a read because of the time period and the insight into military life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wisconsin Alumni

    Terry Marshall MS'69 Author From the author: Terry Marshall MS’69 and Ann Garretson Marshall of Las Vegas are coauthors of the memoir A Rendezvous to Remember. Midwest Book Review called it “a story that transcends personal autobiography alone, charting the course of not just two disparate lives, but a nation. . . . Highly recommended reading for anyone who has wondered what coming of age in America in the 1960s was really like.” Terry Marshall MS'69 Author From the author: Terry Marshall MS’69 and Ann Garretson Marshall of Las Vegas are coauthors of the memoir A Rendezvous to Remember. Midwest Book Review called it “a story that transcends personal autobiography alone, charting the course of not just two disparate lives, but a nation. . . . Highly recommended reading for anyone who has wondered what coming of age in America in the 1960s was really like.”

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jacobsen

    A Rendezvous to Remember is a memoir to remember. Terry and Ann Marshall gifted the world when they chronicled their lives and love in this evocative memoir. Only up-and-coming authors could recall such vivid details of their early twenties, spent as best friends growing closer through school, travels, trial romances, political turbulence, and war-time concerns. Readers will be compelled by Ann and Terry’s narration, epistolary passages, and building tension as Ann makes difficult decisions rooted A Rendezvous to Remember is a memoir to remember. Terry and Ann Marshall gifted the world when they chronicled their lives and love in this evocative memoir. Only up-and-coming authors could recall such vivid details of their early twenties, spent as best friends growing closer through school, travels, trial romances, political turbulence, and war-time concerns. Readers will be compelled by Ann and Terry’s narration, epistolary passages, and building tension as Ann makes difficult decisions rooted in feminism, faith, familial duty, and love. A dichotomous tale of love and loss, war and peace, duty and free will, A Rendezvous to Remember explores gray areas at a gray era in American history. This is the first memoir that literally made my jaw drop. It reads like historical fiction or a best-selling romance novel. I cannot stop thinking about this incredible story! It is almost too wholesome to be true. I received an advance review e-copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I plan to purchase this memoir for my personal library! I have already recommended A Rendezvous to Remember to several friends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rose Mary Leddy

    Interesting until like the "Smothers Brothers" , it got political and got boring and I gave it up. Not my cup of tea, whether I agreed with his position or not Interesting until like the "Smothers Brothers" , it got political and got boring and I gave it up. Not my cup of tea, whether I agreed with his position or not

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Thanks to Book Sirens for the ARC of this book. I was disappointed. I suppose I was expecting less romance and more 1960’s. I’m glad I read it, but it was not what I expected.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kent W. Nicholls

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frank

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Rau

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ann Jonas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Justine K. Bunnell

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