Thursday, April 12, 2012

Falling for the Fireman

Author: Allie Pleiter
Publisher: Love Inspired
January 2012
ISBN: 978-0373877256
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Jeannie Nelworth has lost her husband to a car accident, and now her home and her business to a fire. But she’s still maintained her perky attitude, holding everyone at bay, hiding her fear and pain behind excessive happiness. She has a thirteen year old son, Nicky, who is struggling with the loss of everything, but in opposition to his mom’s perkiness, Nicky is dark and sullen.

Chad Owen has lost his fiancĂ©e in a fire, and now, as a fire marshall, he knows the warning signs. Nick Nelworth is trouble waiting to happen. Determined to curtail it, Chad tries to befriend the boy, getting him to walk the fire house dog—a paid position in a town with volunteer firefighters—and reaching out to the boy’s mother. Soon he realizes that Jeannie isn’t as overwhelmingly happy as she seems—she’s hiding a lot of fear and pain behind it. And Nick isn’t as he seems either.

But with Chad’s history, is he really willing to risk loving and losing again?

FALLING FOR THE FIREMAN is Allie Pleiter’s most recent contemporary romance. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know solid, dependable, quiet Chad, and the more bouncy and outgoing Jeannie. Jeannie feels the heights and depths of emotions more than Chad, who kept his life on more of an even keel.

Nick was definitely your normal teenager, complete with attitude. I had to cheer Chad for stepping into the boy’s life like he did, and putting up with the sullenness, drawing him out, and helping him. This is a sweet romance with issues that will keep you reading. Discussion questions are included. $6.50. 278 pages (large print).

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