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Falling for the Fireman

(Gordon Falls #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  20 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 trust ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Love Inspired
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Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kym McNabney
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Beth
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great story with Pleiter's trademark
wit and insight. Spiritual, without being heavy-handed.
It has been a good long time since I rated a Harlequin over 2 stars. For the first time in a long time I found a book that had believable characters with believable baggage and believable motivations. And not only that, there were no dumb glaring errors of science because the author chose to a) do her homework, and b) adequately skirt the issue to avoid making moronic suppositions that other romance authors do instead of doing their homework.

I liked that Nick was a believable teenager. I liked
Sep 23, 2020 added it
This was a sweet romance that was about so much more - like some of the things that can happen to people who survive a horrible house fire.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming read about real characters with real issues. I'm looking forward to continuing this series. ...more
Mary Baker
I liked this novel which is a story of two people who have been hurt by the loss of loved ones. It was a fun read.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
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. ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You'll fall for him too!
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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. :) ...more
Judie Dooley
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
OK--quick read--good story line and characters
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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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Gordon Falls (6 books)
  • The Fireman's Homecoming (Gordon Falls, #2)
  • The Firefighter's Match (Gordon Falls, #3)
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