Heroes for Ghosts (CrabbyPatty’s Quickie Review)

Title: Heroes for Ghosts (Love Across Time #1)
Author: Jackie North
Publisher: Blue Rain Press
Release Date: June 13, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance, Time Travel
Page Count: 246
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

Soulmates across time. A sacrifice that could keep them apart forever.

In present day, near the village of Ornes, France, Devon works on his master’s thesis in history as he fantasizes about meeting a WWI American Doughboy.

In 1916, during the Battle of Ornes, Stanley is a young soldier facing the horrors of the battlefield.

Mourning the death of his friends from enemy fire, Stanley volunteers to bring the message for retreat so he can save everyone else in his battalion. While on his mission, mustard gas surrounds Stanley and though he thinks he is dying, he finds himself in a peaceful green meadow where he literally trips over Devon.

Devon doesn’t believe Stanley is who he says he is, a soldier from WWI. But a powerful attraction grows between them, and if Stanley is truly a visitor from the past, then he is Devon’s dream come true. The problem is, Stanley’s soul wants to finish his mission, and time keeps yanking him back to relive his fateful last morning over and over, even as his heart and body long to stay with Devon.

Will Stanley have to choose between Devon and saving his battalion? Will time betray their love, leaving each alone?

A male/male time travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, French coffee, warm blankets, fireplace kisses, the angst of separation, and true love across time.

Oh, how I loved this story! The author does a wonderful job of evoking the feel of WWI warfare – young men enlisting with dreams of glory and adventure and ending up in muddy trenches awaiting German bombs or mustard gas. The plot is tightly constructed, with Devon staying on a cottage on a WWI battlefield, writing his thesis on the battle where the entire 44th Battalion was killed. Stanley is hurled into the present while in the midst of a suicide mission to save the battalion.

Jackie North’s writing brings to life the realities of war and she hits on the all the small details that give the plot richness and depth. And the same holds true with the romance between Devon and Stanley. It’s emotional and tender and really touches the heart. I can’t say enough about this M/M historical romance, other than I give it 5+ stars and highly recommend it!

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader