Hey everyone, today we're interrupting our 7 Hours reviews to bring in a guest and longtime friend, Allie Pleiter. Her new release, Homefront Hero, looks really good! Check it out.
A hero’s choice
Why do we love romances?
The power of a happy ending aside, I think romantic heroes make choices that inspire us. Romance heroes--and heroines--behave in the way we all like to think we’d behave when the chips are down. Oh, they have their flaws, but when it really comes down to it, we love to watch heroes acting...well, heroically.
For me, especially in an inspirational romance, that means a sacrificial choice. A hero who puts it all on the line for the woman he loves. I want to see Jesus’s character shining out through that hero—even if he hasn’t realized his full faith yet. In fact, my favorite stories are when the hero comes to his faith while making that sacrificial choice; his new faith enables his heroic action.
John Gallows lays down his future to stand by his love, nurse Leanne Sample. In what he thinks may be his last hours with Leanne, John gives up everything to be by her side. It’s a scene I cried when I wrote, one that readers often tell me brings them to tears, and I cry every time I reread it (and I KNOW it has a happy ending!). To me, such strong emotion is the hallmark of a satisfying romance.
Books that bring me to tears always earn a spot on my keeper shelf.
Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter
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 writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the Midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com or her knitting blog at www.DestiKNITions.blogspot.com