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Heroes for Ghosts

(Love Across Time #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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 fantasizesabout 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
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published June 13th 2018 by Blue Rain Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

This is a poignant story about second (and third) chances, friendship, and soulmates.

Stanley Sullivan dies on a battlefield in France. He's an American doughboy, one of the spirited young men who enlisted in WWI hoping for excitement and glory, never anticipating the brutality and futility of war.

Stanley's friends are blown to bits sitting right beside him (had they only moved to his left, it would have made all the difference). The radio, the battalion's sole source of communication, is
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
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4.5 Because I enjoyed it
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.5

Seeing as the weather outside is complementing this story perfectly, this story, is just the kind of “fantastical” thing I could get myself lost in.

It’s like a fairy tale. A sad one. It makes you think of our human race and how they can destroy and be cruel. But there is also hope and light in the amazing individuals we are sometimes blessed with.

Stanley is one of the most interesting mixes in character. He’s an all
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet, partly sad, but interesting story.
If I see it right, this was the first book of a new author and although it had a few flaws, it was very promising. The story is about Devon, an American student, who is in France to study a world War I battle for his master degree. At the battleground he stumbles upon a young man, who seems to be a soldier from that very battle.
From there on, this is sort of a "Ground hog day" experience, with Stanley going back and forth between the
This was so amazing, I literally couldn't put it down from the time I picked it up until I finished at 3:30 AM, it just grabbed my attention and held it until the end. I soar through this book and I just absolutely loved it.

It deals with time travel, where a World War I soldier named Stanley Sullivan sees his friends blown to bits right in front of him and then volunteers to go and give the message for retreat and to come back to his Lt. to tell him and then all the lives of the 44th Battalion
Chris, the Dalek King
His friends are dead, their radio is broke, and the Germans are coming ever closer. Stanley, a young American solider stuck in the trenches in WWI France, knows that death is coming. Be it by bullet, blade, gas, or just bad luck…his time is running short. But if he dares to attempt the perilous trek through the trenches, to get back to where command is stationed and receive the retreat codes, his battalion might be lucky enough to survive the incoming German army. Luck is a funny thing, though, ...more
Wendy F
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Funny story, I had no idea what a Doughboy was before I picked up this book. I actually turned to my friend, a history buff, and asked her what a WWI Doughboy was, because all I could picture was the Pillsbury mascot and I just didn’t get what the appeal was. Now I know, and… I still don’t get the appeal, but hey! To each their own!

I loved the setup for Heroes for Ghosts. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for time travel romance, probably because of how much I love Outlander. The downside is
Funzee Shu
I need to see this story made into a movie someday...

The story was endearing, beautiful and heartwarming with a bit angst.

I was caught by the blurb and it’s beautiful cover. The premise of the story was very intriguing and this book successfully caught me since the first page.

The writing was beautiful and I cannot put it down since I started it. The story absolutely consuming and curious me even more. I want to know what will happen next, but at the same time…I really didn’t want the story to
Cee Brown
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 mesmerizing stars.

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(.*..•`"Forever begins now."*..*ˑ

I never accept a book thinking of the rating I am going to give it. I accept it because something eventually draws me in. Be it the cover photo, the author, the synopsis (trust me I have read books first, then synopsis after) or just, je ne sais pas.

I have always been drawn to the paranormal. My mum told me even in the womb I was always a night baby, up all night, only settling when she watched horror movies, like "Dark Shadows."

HEChapter -Tina J
POV - Third Person
Setting - France, 1912 and modern-day

Note: I am normally not a fan of Historical stories, especially those that take place during a war. I do not normally read SciFi, Fantasy, or Paranormal/Supernatural either. I won a copy of this book in a recent contest and because it is by a GRL2019 Featured Author, I wanted to read it before going to the event!

Ghost? Time traveler? An asylum escapee? A figment of Devon's imagination?
Who is Stanley?

Stanley is a WWI American soldier,
Nephylim Nephylim
Devon is obsessed with WWI. One battle, in particular, near Ornes in France captures his attention and won’t let go. Working on his Masters, on the effect meteorological conditions had on the outcome of the battle, he travels to Ornes and rents a cottage close to the place where a field of white crosses marks the demise of 44th Battalion, all of whom lost their lives in the trenches that are now barely visible under the grass. Here, he immerses himself entirely in WWI in general, and the Battle ...more
Nanna Sander
2.5 stars.

The connection between the MCs fell a little short for me. Stanley was focused on going back to the war, and Devon on learning all about the war to a degree where personal connection took a back seat and thus felt superficial.
Elaine White
I have to admit that I'm of two minds about this one. While I generally enjoyed the story, when taken as a whole, I felt that there were issues throughout that meant I didn't love it. I also have to admit that there were a few times I put it down for up to half an hour and didn't feel all that inspired to pick it up again, because the story had fallen into a lull that couldn't hold my attention.

First off - Triggers for scenes of war, which was very detailed and descriptive, as well as scenes of
Paul Manytravels
In Heroes for Ghosts, author Jackie North presents an interesting and creative story. Easily read and engaging, the book is pretty good escapist entertainment. It is enjoyable and I did enjoy it.
Even in light entertainment, however, I look for a little more in books which I did not find in this one.
In Heroes for Ghosts, author Jackie North faces some challenges: tell he story of things in WW I which she cannot have experienced personally in such a way as to be believable and to be consistent
A very sweet love story combined with a paranormal time travel twist of destiny unresolved.
The writing to set the stage of past and future is spare but evocative in terms of engagement of multiple senses: not only sight and sounds described, but also texture, taste, and aroma. It conveys a visceral impression of the cold, rainy muck of the French trenches of World War I, seen through the eyes of a hopeless young man on a suicide mission to try and stave off the massacre of his entire battalion,
Beautiful and poignant

What an amazing, sad yet endearing story. I have loved time travel novels since I was a little girl. They seem very rare in the m/m genre so I was very excited to see this book. I was not disappointed! The characters were so very real, the emotions deeply felt. Stanley and Devon were just absolutely meant to be. You can’t help but fall in love with Devon’s geeky enthusiasm, his love for history and weather, and with Stanley’s determination to save his battalion no matter
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
New to me author. This is a time travel mm story, between WW1 and contemporary France. Perfect read in time for ANZAC day here in Australia. Stanley is an American WW1 soldier and Devon a modern day WW1 enthusiast writing his masters papers. I’ll read more of this unusual story type and more from Jackie too.
I was gifted my copy of this book, direct from that author. That I write a review was not required.

Studying for his thesis, Devon is in France, right next to a War Memorial. Stanley is fighting in the trenches that Devon is studying. Somewhere along the way, lines are blurred and Stanley ends up in present day France along side Devon. Devon doesn't believe Stanley when he tells him who he is, but there is something growing between them. Both Devon and Stanley hope that time will give them what
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ll be honest and say I was pretty split with this book, but in the end it just didn’t work for me.

On one side of the coin I loved this book. It was WWI based, which I love, it was so loving and sweet, and it always kept me anxious to know what was going to happen next.

On the other side of the coin, it’s hard for me to read fiction books that go into detail about nonfictional events such as WWI.

I get this is a time a time travel romance that shouldn’t be taken too seriously and you should
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bb-review
It’s 1916 during World War I when we meet Stanley. He’s just lost his best friends to and he’s taken on a suicide mission in order to get the full retreat orders. Stanley doesn’t come close to getting the other half of the orders. Instead of dying, he wakes up in the present day location. The battlefield he had just been choking on mustard gas at was now a cemetery/memorial site.

Devon is writing his thesis on the effect that weather had on the 44th Battalion. He’s staying in the cottage at the
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Time-Travel Romance across a Hundred Years

I'd never read anything by Jackie North before picking up this book but I was drawn in by the premise. The period around the two World Wars fascinates me and the idea of a romance set during this harrowing period was too much to resist.
The author has definitely put a great deal of love and attention into the creation of her main characters. Devon is a lonely, devout academic who is obsessed by World War One and moves from the US to spend time in a
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HEROES FOR GHOSTS is a novel I will certainly re-read again, and again. And like one of the characters, I know I'll find something new each time I go back...

What can I say that will do justice to the tremulous innocence, the staggering sorrow, the poignance and horror and bright love that author Jackie North captures in this book?

The novel, briefly, recounts a kind of time travel, similar to the time warps in “Groundhog Day” or “Edge of Tomorrow.” Similar—but not the same. Someone is caught in a
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel by Jackie North is a tender look at the relationship that develops between Stanley, the WWI doughboy who succumbs to mustard gas in the Battle of Ornes in 1916 France, and somehow trips over history student Devon in the same field 100 years later. The physics of this event never are explained, and eventually, like the young men, you just accept that it happened.

Devon has felt lonely for a long time and having Stanley to care for completes him in a way that is lovely to see.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A message sends Stanley across a battlefield and across time to end up in the care of Devon, a master's student obsessed with the very battle that changed the course of Stanley's life. There's an instant attraction on both their parts, but there's a lot of hesitance too. Devon thinks the young man is off his rocker yet delicate so he'll have to tread lightly when trying to get information from him and to get him help. Stanley is lost and the kindness of Devon has him thinking of all the ways ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, honest love story set against the Hell of World War One

In Heroes For Ghosts, Jackie North gives us an effective, more fully realized novel than in her other 2018 novel, Honey from the Lion. Interestingly, both novels share a reliance on simple, declarative sentences which, were it not for the emotional impact of the story, might otherwise come across as writing down to her readers. As it is, if you're looking for an author whose word-craft and literary aesthetic enhances and adds
BookPixie's Bookshelf
I enjoyed this book.

**Contains light spoilers **
Going into this book. I didn't know what to expect. Usually I pass by time travel stuff because it doesn't appeal to me. It was the historical side of the book that made me want to give it a try.
I'm very glad I did. The amount of detail in the book for WWI was amazing. Most books will skip over a lot of the details. Jackie North didn't do that. It made you feel like you actually visualise fully what it was like in the trenches. Thank you for that
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I was a HUGE fan of the second book in this series which I read first, but not as big of a fan of this one although it was still good.

This story follows Devon who is doing his thesis paper on WWI and specifically a certain battle in France. He is obsessed with American doughboys and works most of his thesis around this topic.

He is laying in the battlefield one day when a man stumbles across him and he’s dressed all in WWI gear. He seems disillusioned and doesn’t know what’s happened. One minute
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second Chances

This is a book about second chances. In particular, second chances in life, in love and with people. One thing I’ll start with is that this book reminds you of all the things we take for granted everyday, such as our freedom.

Stanley is young soldier who signed up to fight in World War I. Somehow he ends up in the present and meets Devon. Devon is obsessed with history and working on his master’s thesis. He travels to France to study the area that the Battle of Ornes took place in
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really sweet time travel story. A great debut!

The main couple was super cute and I loved that the time travel aspect served for more than just the love plot. Stanley's on a mission and he chooses the path of honor and duty, not wanting to let down his comrades in arms for a chance at love for himself. Stanley is a very brave character, and very much a product of his time, which I really liked.

The sweetness of the love blossoming between Stanley and Devon stands in stark contrast to
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