Book: Heaven Is For Heroes by PJ Sharoncategories: Book, Contemporary, Young Adult, Teen Romance, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, Family Drama, Amputee, Iraq War, Yoga, Martial Arts, Military Romance
PJ Sharonabout this book: HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES came about because I wanted to give voice to the generation of teens who are growing up in a time of war and dealing with the many losses associated with that issue. My father was a WWII vet, my sister was in the Navy and I had two brothers in the military, so I have a firsthand understanding of the deep roots of patriotism in a military family. I also had a brother who committed suicide and the question as to whether he would go to heaven haunted me for many years. Writing this book was my way of answering that question. I added the romance, because let's face it; who doesn't love a good military romance?
Heaven is for Heroes is a contemporary YA romance that deals with the tragedies of war, overcoming loss, and the determination of one seventeen year old girl to find the truth. Filled with moments of poignant reality, hard lessons, and the angst and sexual tension of first love, the book combines family drama and the relationship between childhood sweethearts, Jordie Dunn and Alex Cooper. Because the focus of the story is the tenuous romance with the underlying plot of a family's search for peace in time of war, HIFH will appeal to adult readers as well as older young adults. With entertaining secondary characters and a challenging mother-daughter relationship, the story deals with real life issues with both unwavering comprehension and uplifting humor.
Set in a fictitious Connecticut lake town, the story has the feel of hometown USA and is relatable to anyone questioning the value of war and the cost to the families of lost and wounded soldiers. Heaven Is For Heroes takes you through one family's loss and the recovery of a soldier dealing with both the emotional and physical ravages of war.
Although Jordie is only seventeen, she has spent most of her teenage life studying martial arts and yoga, her Grandfather's solution to keeping her from following in her brother's destructive footsteps. When Alex Cooper, her brother's best friend and the guy she's been crushing on since the ninth grade, returns home wounded and determined to blame himself for her brother's death, Jordie uses her experience and pushes the boundaries of convention in her attempt to help him recover.
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