“Trust me; a sure fire way for any relationship to fail is to expect someone to change for you. It’s too much pressure. You have to let people be who they are.”
This quote is from Brig, Jordie’s grandfather, who is a retired Brigadier General in the Marines. Sound advice from a voice of experience and reason!
One of the most common difficulties teens have in relationships (and many adults share) is trying to control or change the other person. This is a central theme in this story and one that nicely resolves at the end when Jordie finally learns to let go of trying to “fix” Alex.
Accepting people for who they are and loving them in spite of their flaws is what real love is about. In HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, Jordie has lost her brother Levi in the war in Iraq. But she doesn’t believe the military report that his best friend and fellow Marine, Alex Cooper, is at fault. Alex was the careful one—the shy, protective, computer geek she’s had a crush on since the ninth grade, and she knows better than anyone that her troubled brother had a dark and reckless side—a secret she’s kept for far too long.
With no memory of the incident that killed his best friend, nineteen year-old Alex Cooper returns home, shattered and facing a difficult recovery. Determined to go it alone, he pushes Jordie away. No longer the freckle-faced tom-boy who followed him and Levi around as a kid, she has become a beautiful and stubborn young woman who believes in him far more than he deserves.
While Jordie’s unique approach to rehab pushes Alex to extremes, the two discover that their childhood friendship has grown into more. The attraction has Jordie’s head spinning and her heart soaring, but Alex struggles to deal with his guilt, his loss, and the nightmares that continue to haunt him. Even though Jordie is determined to help him heal and even more determined to find the truth, what she finds is love. But can that love overcome the pain of loss that they share? And will Jordie figure out that the best way to show someone you love them is to let them go?
I hope you enjoy this sweet Thanksgiving story about love, redemption, and the ways in which even imperfect people can support and sustain one another through difficult times.
Kristan Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author says,
“Filled with the complex emotions of grief, confusion and first love, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES is a rich, uplifting story that will touch a reader’s heart.”
Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR says,
“A haunting, authentic love story with a strong, appealing heroine.”
4.5 stars on 27 Amazon Customer Reviews
IndiePENdents seal of approval for quality Indie fiction.
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PJ Sharon is the award winning author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award for outstanding literary talent and the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One in the trilogy, was a finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence. Book Two, Western Desert released in June of 2013.
Writing young adult fiction since 2007 and following her destiny to write romantic and hopeful stories for teens, PJ is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.