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Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom’s Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Courage To Hope.
Guidance counselor Heather Browning is desperate. She needs a mentor to help Simon, a disabled student who is struggling at Gordon Falls High School. Unfortunately, hotshot Max Jones is her only option. Confrontational and cavalier, Max uses his flashy persona to hide the bitterness he’s felt since his life-changing accident. Perpetually cautious, Heather finds Max’s bad-boy bravado as intriguing as it is infuriating. But as Heather and Max work together to build Simon’s self-confidence, they begin to trust each other. Max has never been slow and careful with anything. Can he be gentle with Heather’s heart?
Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town.
My thoughts: As a mental health nurse I took away more from this than most people probably would. I tend to scrutinize both people in real life and people in books. Bad habit I suppose but can be entertaining! I love the recognition this book gives to people who are paralyzed and in wheelchairs but also to people with cerebral palsy. You see, I have older twin brothers who both have cerebral palsy. They have to use walkers to get around instead of wheelchairs but I can see so much of them in this book. That being said, this is an awesome book! Just what you’d expect from a Love Inspired book. Lots of romance and fun with just the right hint of troubles and problems. I loved watching not only Simon grow and change, but Max and Heather as well. They end up all having healed hearts and finding a place for themselves.