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Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter
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bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction
Read on June 21, 2012

September 1918, Leanne Sample and her roommate, Ida Landway, just arrived at Camp Jackson Army Base in Columbia, South Carolina. Both had join the Red Cross as nurses to work at the military base. They would be roommates in the Red Cross House. Leanne's mother and father would have rather had their daughter closer to home. She was adamant in taking her job seriously and she would write.

Captain John Gallows was in Columbia to give a "rousing patriotic speech". He was a patriotic hero to others, but to himself he thought otherwise. He had been wounded and was also at Camp Jackson for therapy to his leg. He would rather be out again doing his part. So, a speech he gave and happened to meet Leanne and Ida. He was taken with Leanne and she wanted just to acknowledge that he needed help as well as the rest of the soldiers that were there for treatment. Captain Gallows somehow managed to have Leanne assist him with his daily exercises. She didn't like the special treatment but went about the job very professionally.

It didn't take long before Leanne and John became friends, but John would have wanted more. Wait. She knew he was only home long enough to heal and help rally support for the war's final push.

An epidemic strikes the camp and other areas all over the states. The Spanish flu was upon them all. Quarantined. No one could leave where they were. Leanne, Ida and John had gone over to the University that had been made into a makeshift hospital also. So many were dying from this awful disease. Not many lived. Then the unthinkable happened: Leanne was stricken. John would not leave her side. He sat with her many nights and prayed that she would get well. He couldn't lose her now that he found her. Praying was hard for him as he was not a religious person as Leanne was. She had said many prayers for him to heal so that he could go on to do what he felt he needed to do in this war.

Now, you will need to read this wonderful book to see what happens to Leanne and John.

This book was a free book that I had won in the giveaways by Goodreads First Reads. I am glad that I got to receive a copy of this book to read. I really enjoyed the novel and I think others will too. Thank you Goodreads and Allie Pleiter.
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