Monday, March 26, 2012

Falling for the Fireman by Allie Pleiter

I recently won a copy of this book on a blog giveaway, and was looking forward to receiving it, especially as I've never read anything from the "Love Inspired" collection of inspirational fiction before.

Here's a summary of the story:

There's something achingly familiar about the look in fire marshal Chad Owens's eyes. Widowed mom Jeannie Nelworth knows firsthand what it is: loss, hurt and yes—bitterness. Ever since the fire that changed their lives, Jeannie's young son has borne that same look, pushing everyone away. So she's grateful when Chad tries to get through to the boy with the help of his trusty fire station dog.

But the man who's all about safety and prevention keeps himself protected—from loving and losing again. Seems as if Jeannie will have to add his kind, guarded heart to her rebuilding efforts.

I think Falling for the Fireman is a lovely novel, and I enjoyed getting to know the characters Allie created. For a shorter story, she does a great job of keeping the plot thoroughly cohesive and involving.

Chad and Jeannie are very likeable and their gradual romance sweet to witness, especially after what they've gone through in the past. Jeannie's son, Nick, also adds some nice tension to the story, as he continues to struggle with the aftermath of losing his dad in a house fire. His actions seem consistent with those of a typical thirteen year old, and the ways he tries to cope by acting out, made me feel for him.

The issues Allie brings to light in this book are important ones that don't get covered all the time, so I commend her for handling the subjects here sensitively and honestly. It's nice to see that a shorter length novel doesn't have to necessarily mean "fluff only" reading, but, in case you're wondering,  there are still lighter moments in here as well.

All in all, I really enjoyed my first venture into the Love Inspired line and look forward to reading more from this author.

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