Dashing and valiantly wounded, Captain John Gallows could have stepped straight out of an army recruitment poster. Leanne Sample can't help being impressed-although the lovely Red Cross nurse tries to hide it. She knows better than to get attached to the daring captain who is only home to heal and help rally support for the war's final push. As soon as he's well enough, he'll rush back to Europe, back to war-and far away from South Carolina and Leanne. But when an epidemic strikes close to home, John comes to realize what it truly means to be a hero-Leanne's hero.
An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools, and finding new ways to avoid housework. She grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, spent fifteen years in the field of professional fundraising, and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois.
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Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter
Captain John Gallows has survived the war and been dubbed a hero. He is suave and smooth and as a GallowsÃ¢ÂÂ¦.gets pretty much what he wants. And he wants to get back to France and fight in the war. To earn the title Ã¢ÂÂheroÃ¢ÂÂ the world has given him. Only his bum leg is keeping that from happening, but heÃ¢ÂÂs a Gallows and heÃ¢ÂÂll get his way. Even if he has to get by learning to knit a sock and be a poster boy.
Leanne Sample is a nurse. The pride she feels at being in Camp Jackson and helping her country is immense. When she meets the prideful and arrogant Captain Gallows she almost dismisses him completelyÃ¢ÂÂ¦.until a glimpse behind a stage curtain shows her the human inside that handsome shell. She sees even more of John when she has to teach him to knit and help with his recovery. He is someone she could care about if he shared her faith and was not so determined to go back to war. Can two opposites find love in the midst of war and turmoil?
AllieÃ¢ÂÂs writing pulled me headlong into this story. IÃ¢ÂÂm a visual reader and I felt the walk through the hospitals with the hopeless cases of influenza and the fight for life and death. She also wrote an excellent spin on LeanneÃ¢ÂÂs struggle as a strong Christian and JohnÃ¢ÂÂs unbelief. And the parts I wonÃ¢ÂÂt mention as not to give the story away were so intense and well written. I found this to be one of those books that I just couldnÃ¢ÂÂt stop reading until the end.
**Received through NetGalley for review.
June 13, 2012
Good showing of those perilous times during WWI
Homefront Hero had a lot of realism in it. I found the knitting theme and the promo done to get people knitting socks for soldiers to be a cute theme and an interesting way to bring the hero and heroine together and make them have a reason to have physical contact. I loved how they didn't like each other at first, but at the same time were attracted to each other. This theme is not uncommon in romances, but the author did a great job showing those walls coming down between them. In fact, that was the best part of the book. I felt the hero's discouragement over his body not healing as planned, and his faith journey seemed genuine as well. There was a stronger faith message in this book than in many Love Inspired novels, and I appreciated that. The horrors of war and the influenza epidemic at the time caused a lot of people to seek spiritual truths where they may not have cared otherwise. All in all, this was a good book. At first I wasn't sure how the author would draw me in and keep me there, but she did it with the romantic tension and the knitting themes. I enjoyed this story and read it in less than two days.
June 5, 2012
Allie's book sucked me in and didn't let go until I finished reading the last page, with a happy sigh and a smile on my face. I read Homefront Hero on a car trip and then stayed up late that night to finish reading. I read several funny scenes out loud to my husband, including the one where John tells Leanne that he will be one of her students. The romantic moments woven throughout this story, including several involving knitting, were spot-on. The drama of the influenza epidemic is what sticks with me now, several days later. I need time to finish digesting all the little nuggets of wisdom and lessons tucked here and there throughout the story. Homefront Hero is a keeper! I'm hoping to see more historicals from Allie, maybe one about Leanne's friend Ida...
May 22, 2012