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.
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.
Homefront Hero was published by Love Inspired Historicals and released May 1, 2012. A copy of this book was provided to me by Prima by Design, Inc. in order to post a review for this blog tour. The opinion expressed above is entirely my own.
About the author: 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, twelve 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