A Hero to Keep

A Hero to Keep

by Susan Gable

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Sometimes you have to fight for what - for who - you love.

Shannon Vanderhoff's childhood taught her early on that nothing was hers to keep, not clothes, or toys, or even people. So she lives, loves, and lets go. She's not looking for a hero.

But with custody of her traumatized six-year-old nephew on the line, she needs help. Charming Greg Hawkins, a comic book artist and art therapist insists he can coax Ryan into speaking again, enabling the boy to reveal what he saw the night of his mother's death at his father's hands. And though Shannon's skeptical of Greg's methods, there's no denying that he brings light and color to their lives.

Greg, one of twelve siblings, knows anything worth having is worth fighting for. If anyone can prepare Shannon for the upcoming battle, it's Greg and his family.

But will she fight to keep him, too?

A Hero to Keep is a contemporary family drama romance set near Lake Erie, featuring the Hawkins Family. Grab your copy today!

With close to a half million copies of her books sold worldwide, award-winning author Susan Gable is known for her ability to weave realistic characters and powerful emotions, to make readers both laugh and cry.

"Emotionally charged scenes and a terrific plot make this novel a must-read. Gable's writing is clever, and the emotions she portrays are exceptionally realistic."- 4.5 Stars, Top Pick Alexandra Kay - Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine

***This book was originally published under the title A Kid to the Rescue.***

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157465544
Publisher: Infinite Daydreams
Publication date: 01/14/2017
Series: Hawkins Family , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 225
Sales rank: 8,801
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susan Gable was born with a book in her hand.

Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but not by much. Her love of books goes back to her preschool days, when books arrived at her house from the Weekly Reader Book Club. Some of them even had records so she could listen to the stories! (Remember records?)

Both of Susan’s parents are voracious readers, and they infected her as well.

Susan shared her love of reading (and Weekly Reader!) as an elementary teacher for ten years, then turned to writing after a year of homeschooling her son caused her to nearly lose what was left of her mind. Writing, it turns out, is cheaper than therapy, and home-schooling is far harder than teaching other people’s kids.

That son is now grown (Susan’s not sure how that happened, as she feels no older than the day she first started writing).

Susan’s books have been Golden Heart and Rita ® Award finalists, been recognized by Romantic Times nominations for Best Superromance of the Year, and she’s won numerous awards, including the National Readers’ Choice Award. She’s been praised by readers and reviewers alike for her ability to tell emotionally compelling stories that make them laugh and cry.

Close to a half million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.

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A Hero to Keep 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down, read til 2 a.m. 171 pages that kept me from page 1 to the last page. Really laughed out loud at Ryan's accidents. Loved it. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story so much I could not put it down. It was very different from others I have read. The fact that the hero was an art therapist was such an awesome lead in to the story and all the good it did to help the child come back from his team's as well as the aunt. I'm glad I found this author and I will be looking forward to her books to come. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only once or twice a year does a book grab me like this one did. And I read a lot of books being a widow and living alone. Please enjoy this one as much as I did. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this I wasn't sure I could get through anything about pediatric cancer. Someone I know, just got released from St. Jude's for the second time in three years. The story starts with the art therapist in group sessions with the cancer patients, then moves on to the story. I really enjoyed this story and the huge family the therapist belongs to. I appreciated the gallows humor sprinkled throughout this book. One thing I have learned from the St. Jude's family is corny and inappropriate jokes & laughter are necessary to survive. And a little boy would need to be able to talk in order to have a chance to fight the memories of violence & death, like the child in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a cliffhanger. It is a story about dealing with mental health issues. Shannon's father gave like giving was a sin. Until her death, her mother supported her husband's need to give. After death there was nobody to turn to as her father kept giving away clothes, food, her cat, their car because in his mind others needed it more. Shannon learned from her cbildhood to "let it go"... it didn't hurt when you did try to hold onto anything. Until her sister was murdered by her husband. Trevor's doting parents were away, so nobody fought when Willow (Shannon's sister) gave her son to Shannon to raise... 0Ryan is traumatized when he watched his father murder his mother. Shannon tried to talk to him, but she did not listen to his silence. Gregory is a comic book author and his passion is to use art as therapy for children facing hard consequences of living. He heard Ryan clearly despite his lack of oral words. Trevor wants Ryan silent because his defense in this horrendous murder is that an intruder did it.... Like OJ Simpson's defense, Trevor is depending on the lack of evidence to set him free. I laughed. I cried. I enjoyed this book. I want to meet the Hawkins' clan. Twelve siblings make foe an interesting series oftales to tell!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't miss this great story. Once you start it is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The emotional cost of rescuing her nephew is just the start of the changes the heroine experiences. Her choices as well as those of the art therapist cause upheaval and growth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from beginning until the end. I felt every emotion of each character. Totally love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one. I'm hoping that the next one is just as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story as Shannon & Ryan both struggled to overcome painful past events to become "normal", Ryan to speak again after witnessing his father murdering his mother (Shannon's sister) & Shannon a very disfunctional family. A lot of twists & turns before the mandatory happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story captivated m heart and taught me what happens when tragedy stikes a beautiful person, or people. Greg shows Shannon and Ryan what it means to "fight the good fight," even when all seems hopeless. Love prevails, even when lust and promises threaten to intervene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book i read from this author and i really enjoyed it definately plan to read the next one Enjoy!
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Anonymous 9 months ago
Great story, believable characters, good read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very sweet and special story. Loved the development of all three relationships. It was very touching and sweet. It even made me tear up. And I absolutely loved the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, great story line. The only thing that kept it from being a 5 star was the sexual content. It so keeps me from recommending it to other readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was FANTASTIC. It brought me to laugh, to cry, and to even squeal. Susan Gable does amazing work, and I would definitely recommend this book!!
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Overcoming Shannon had her nephew Ryan after he witness the murder of his mother by his father. Ryan was not speaking, barely eating, and. Just barely functioning. Her social worker suggested art therapy. When she saw Greg she thought he was only into superhero's. She has a fight on her hands and a little boy to save.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this story it was great to read about the way Greg helped children with all different types of problems. Greg helped Ryan learn how to deal with him seeing his father kill his mother and start to talk again. It had funny moments and some other things that were sad but I love the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sweet inspirering book with the perfect hint of romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good story. I enjoyed all of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it could not put it down read in two days
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