Geri Krotow is an award-winning author known for her work in the contemporary and historical romance genres.
Before taking up the pen, Geri Kotrow spent nine years in the Navy as an intelligence officer. A Graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Geri has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology, having earned it from the United states Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, CA while on active duty.
Geri Kotrow also spent some time in South America, Europe and Greenland, serving as the Aviation/Anti-Submarine Warfare Intelligence Officer for a P-3C squadron.
She had the privilege of becoming the first female Intelligence officer to earn Naval Aviation Observer wings as a result of the time she spent deployed on the East Coast.
Touring in the war of drugs and working with various law enforcement agencies all over the world, Geri has never shied away from her notable career in the Navy, the author often verbalizing the pride she has for the opportunity that was afforded her to serve her country.
Resigning her commission after nine years, Geri Kotrow has never regretted her decision to give into her passion for writing, replacing the adventure of the military with the calm of a full-time novelist.
Her love for writing is such that she doesn’t believe she will have enough time in her life to bring to the page all the characters and stories consistently knocking on the door of her mind.
That isn’t to say that Geri Kotrow’s life revolves around writing, the author showing a particular interest in knitting and baking. She also enjoys walking and doing yoga, this along with studying foreign languages.
Along with her husband, daughter, and son, Geri Kotrow has a parrot and a dog.
Geri’s life in the Navy allowed her to travel the world, journeying to places as far-flung as Whidbey Island and Moscow; her travel-worn sensibilities manifest vividly in the stories she creates, Geri always purposing to create Romance tales that can stand the test of time, typically set in places with which she has personal experience.
While she made an effort to pursue her writing while in the Navy, none of her works were ever published, and she has admitted that it was hardly her best work.
At some point in time she joined the Romance Writers of America; however, even though she won a writing contest in 2002, nothing ever truly clicked, at least as far as her publishing career is concerned.
It wasn’t until 2006 that things began coming together. From the comfort of her room in Belgium, overlooking a park, Geri Krotow wrote the story of a granddaughter reading a journal that detailed her grandmother’s experience with the Allied resistance efforts during World War II.
The story won her notable praise, the author finally acquiring the impetus that she needed to seriously pursue her career as a full-time novelist.
+A Rendezvous to Remember
Melinda Thompson always understood the adoration her grandmother held for Nick. With Grammy dead and Melinda on the verge of divorce, her visit to her widowed grandfather’s home leads her to an encounter with a leather-bound journal whose contents her grandfather invites Melinda to read.
Written by Grammy, her voice first emerges from its page in her twenties, during her days living in Nazi-occupied Belgium. Melinda is mesmerized by the story of a young woman’s involvement in the Resistance, particularly her relationship with the British airman whose life she saved.
It is a story of passion, love and wartime promises preceding a marriage that lasted more than six decades.
A Rendezvous to Remember explores two romances: first the World War II romance between a young woman and her beloved amidst the flames of war, the second being their granddaughter’s ailing marriage and determination to rescue her relationship.
One’s opinion of this, Geri Kotrow’s first novel, will largely depend on their literary tastes and preferences. Fans of the romance genre will, no doubt, find the novel enthralling.
Geri’s strength in this, her first novel, lies in the understanding of family she manifests, this along with exploring the similarities and differences that separate the generations of any given family.
Takings center stage in the story is Esmee, a strong character that, along with her husband Jack, manages to feel like a real person. The obstacles they must overcome and difficult things they must do to survive the brutalities of the war make their characters all the more intriguing.
The story of this powerful couple serves to strengthen the resolve of their granddaughter, Melinda, whose marriage to Nick is on the verge of failure.
As the first of Geri Kotrow’s published works, A Rendezvous to remember is an impressive product of creativity.
+What family Means
For Debra Bradley, marriage is about sticking to the man you’ve always loved, no matter the odds encountered and despite what other people might think. More than that, marriage is about protecting one’s children from the world’s hostilities.
For Will Bradley, marriage is about creating a safe haven for one’s loved ones, where the color of one’s skin doesn’t matter.
Even with their years together, Will and Debra are still in love. They might have made a good life for their family, but their daughter, Angie, will have to discover for herself the true meaning of family.
In ‘What Family Means’ Geri Kotrow makes an effort to tackle the issue of inter-racial relationships; Will is an African American individual from an Affluent home.
Debra is white; she grew up on the wrong side of the track; with neither sets of parents ever truly coming to approve of their relationship, the passion between the two grew rapidly.
Now, Will and Debra can only watch as their daughter finds herself in the same situation, alone and pregnant.
What Family Means is a heartwarming story that explores three generations of a family in a story spanning notable historical and emotional changes in the country.
Geri tackles prejudice and the attitudes that it tended to attract in decades past; while Geri effectively captures the spirit of her previous work, delivering touching romances, some readers might complain about the lack of focus Will and Debra’s experience received. Geri doesn’t delve deep enough into the issue of race to attract any controversy.Book Series In Order » Authors » Geri Krotow