Please welcome Fresh Fiction reviewer Debbie Wiley, who is
discussing military heroes!
Everyone loves a good hero with a happily-ever-after, but
what happens to the heroes who experience debilitating injuries or disabilities while doing
their heroic deeds? As a social worker for over twenty years, I love when authors tackle social
issues in a rewarding way. I’d like to share a few books and authors I’ve discovered along the
way who address heroes with disabilities in ways that showcases their strengths without
discounting the challenges the characters have faced.
J.R. Ward originally started me
thinking about this theme as I was reading her new and powerfully intense romantic suspense
novel, CONSUMED. Anne
Ashburn is a firefighter, a woman who has dedicated her entire life to her career. All it takes is
one fire and suddenly Anne can no longer do her job. One of the things I love most about CONSUMED is that we see a
heroic woman in an unconventional job role facing her most difficult moments with honesty
and strength. Anne struggles to adjust to her new reality as she deals with such a life-altering
disability and J.R. Ward doesn’t flinch away from showing us just how potentially devastating
the emotional turmoil is that accompanies a physical trauma. J. R. Ward has several other hot-
button social issues in
CONSUMED, catapulting it to one of my favorite reads this year.
THE EMBATTLED ROAD
showcases a different kind of hero as J.M.
Madden introduces us to three military heroes
who were injured overseas while fighting as part of various military battles. J.M.
Madden’s Lost and Found series is a few years
old but I recently met the author at a book signing when her collection of plastic ducks
dressed in military costumes caught my eye. I’m still working my way through this series but I
am impressed with how well
is digging into the emotional side of trauma, even showing how past relationships can change
or end as a result.
Some disabilities are not so immediately obvious, such as
the loss of hearing. Heather
is one of my favorite authors and her book, NOT A SOUND, features a
nurse who lost her hearing after an accident.
Heather Gudenkauf does a
job at introducing us to the difficulties Amelia Winn faces in her adjustment to a world without
sound, both the emotional toll and the more practical elements such as how to understand
what a person is saying when they turn their head away. I particularly love her dog, Stitch, who
is trained to assist her.
Heroes come in many sizes and shapes and I appreciate
each one of these authors for introducing me to characters who face trials I can’t begin to
fathom. Who are some of your favorite authors and books that address these real-world
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger
Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Anne Ashburn, who is
consumed by her troubled past, her family's scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a
Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...
By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with
department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.
Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the
best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must
reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.
Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale
substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel
that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious
fires setting her beloved city ablaze.
Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal
meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he
teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as
Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.
From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of
brothers. And a firestorm.
Romance Suspense | Romance Contemporary [Gallery Books, On
Sale: October 2, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781501194900 / eISBN:
J.R. Ward enthralls and keeps you reading all throughout the night.
consumed by this new series!
Ashburn is about to meet the challenge of a lifetime...
In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal
with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan
Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can't get
much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn
child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A
young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad's left with one less leg and a
mountain of recriminations. That doesn't mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he
comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he's been dealt. He's served his country
faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they're turning him out like a relative
who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he's not even a real man anymore, maybe it is
time to move on permanently.
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership
rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?
Romance Military [Amazon Digital Text
Platform, On Sale: December 13, 2013, e-Book, / ]
A shocking discovery and chilling secrets converge in this latest novel from
New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf
When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that
ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters—her job, her husband, David, and her
stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is
finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the
dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing
mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.
As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too
close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a
killer to justice?
New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf has been described as
"masterful" and "intelligent" and compared to Lisa Scottoline and Jodi Picoult. Introducing her
most compelling heroine yet, she delivers a taut and emotional thriller that proves she's at the
top of her class.
Thriller | Suspense [Park
Row Books, On Sale: May 30, 2017, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN:
9780778319955 / eISBN: 9781460396650]
Can Amelia and
her hearing dog uncover a murderer?
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