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Falling for the Fireman
Allie Pleiter
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Falling for the Fireman (Gordon Falls #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews

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 trus
ebook, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Love Inspired (first published January 24th 2012)
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Jan 19, 2012 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Falling for the Fireman by Allie Pleiter

What makes a classic inspirational romance? It’s more than just the presence of a standard firefighting hero or optimistic heroine. The men and women are flawed humans, sympathetic and realistic in their actions. Plot twists and scenes are so engrossing the reader feels compelled to reread the pages. The author illustrates what love is, before the characters recognize it themselves, in an almost aching way. Finally, a faith lesson is taught in a fresh mann
Kym McNabney
As a wife of a firefighter, FALLING FOR THE FIREMAN by ALLIE PLEITER caught my attention. It wasn’t just the cover or the title, but the author herself. I’m a huge fan of the historicals she’s written.

Jeannie Nelworth knows all too well the devastating consequences of a fire. After a fire took her home, her son started acting out. Lucky for Jeannie, Fire Marshall Chad Owens spots the distress in her son’s eyes and offers to help

If there’s one thing Chad Owens is good at, it’s distancing himself
Feb 16, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story with Pleiter's trademark
wit and insight. Spiritual, without being heavy-handed.
Mary Beth
A sweet romance about a Fire Marshal, a candy store owner, and her 13-year-old son who are brought together by the damaging role fire has played in their lives.

Chad Owens, the fire marshal, lost a loved one to fire 8 years ago and has shut down emotionally since that time. He is drawn out of this, and finds his own faith, when he begins to work with Nick Nelworth and is exposed to Nick's mom, Jeannie. Jeannie and Nick lost her husband/ his dad in a fiery car accident and more recently, lost thei
I'm not a fan of contemporary romance, Christian or not. But I needed a book for a challenge, and when I saw this on the list I remembered how much I liked the author's Homefront Hero, so I gave it a try, and I'm glad I did as it turned out to be a cut above average.

Pleiter gives the reader what they're looking for in this kind of book - characters you can like, a plot that moves along well, romance that develops over time. But she adds something that some Christian writers can't seem to manage
Apr 07, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 perkine
Feb 20, 2012 heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda C
Widow Jeannie Nelworth and her 13 year old son lost their shop and home above it to fire and are trying to move on. But Jeannie has a fear of fire and is terrified by the sirens and fire equipment at the firehouse across from building she is renovating into a new shop and home. Chad Owens is a fire safety officer and office manager at the firehouse who due to a fire loss hasn't been able to suit up. When a colleague asks him to get Nicky to walk the firehouse dog as a way to help the kid get ove ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. Between 3 1/2 and 4 stars/
I really like Allie Pleiter's work, and this book was especially poignant to me because my Dad was a volunteer firefighter for almost 50 years. This story of a widowed single mom who loses her home and business to a fire only to fall for the firefighter who does the safety inspections at her new shop is fun and, true to the author's usual genius, more intelligent than your usual romance novel.
This is my first contemporary, non-suspense Love-Inspired novel. I really enjoyed it! I'm not a Christian (though I don't like to limit myself, so I read inspirational fiction) and I found the faith elements to be fine, they didn't seem heavy-handed or preachy. I thought the characters were well-rounded and the plot was engaging. I'll be checking out the rest of the series.
Feb 25, 2012 Mistyblue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Allie Pleiter is a wonderful writer. I enjoyed the characters and the challenges in this book. It wasn't quite as funny as I was hoping, but still a great read. :)
Nice little romance without getting saccharine, which these kinds of romances are so prone to.
Judie Dooley
OK--quick read--good story line and characters
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Feb 22, 2013 Kristine Cassan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice book to read.
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Jun 07, 2013 Pat Oringer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You'll fall for him too!
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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, doing laundry, running carpools, and finding new ways to avoid housework. She grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, spent fifteen years in the field of professional fu ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Gordon Falls (6 books)
  • The Fireman's Homecoming (Gordon Falls, #2)
  • The Firefighter's Match (Gordon Falls, #3)
  • A Heart to Heal (Gordon Falls, #4)
  • Saved by the Fireman (Gordon Falls, #5)
  • Small-Town Fireman (Gordon Falls, #6)

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