Heroes for Ghosts by Jackie North
Love Across Time #1
Blue Rain Press | June 13, 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 usually time travel romance doesn’t measure up. I felt pretty good about this read, because it’s got such a nice rating on Goodreads and it came highly recommended. It also had an interesting synopsis I thought could have been paced out beautifully.
I’m of two minds, after finishing Heroes for Ghosts. There was half of me that was crazy about the history, and the realism of the war. I felt like the author really put her heart into making us feel the despair and fear the soldiers faced in the trenches. Thinking of their pain and heartache really made me feel deeply for Stanley and his buddies in the 44th. I was really drawn to his relationship with Isaac in particular. It was the relationship I shipped. My hardcore non-canon love for Isaac and Stanley was a major hindrance to the half of the story that took place in present day.
Basically Stanley and Devon didn’t have enough chemistry for me. Or, maybe the issues was that I was supposed to accept their connection far too fast. I think I’m at a stage in my life where I just don’t believe in love at first sight anymore. I spent my entire read, wary that the only reason Devon felt so strongly was because he had a real live Doughboy in his house, and he had a bit of a WWI fetish. I kept waiting for the moment when I knew his affections went beyond the uniform to the person Stanley was, and it never happened for me. Since I loved Stanley so much, I wanted more for him. (*Ahem, Isaac.) Not that Devon was a jerk or anything. Something just felt false in their ‘love story’.
Still, very enjoyable read, and I know I’ll be thinking of this book (really just Stanley and Isaac with some chocolate) for a long time.