The first in the series of Firehouse Family books, Memories begins the story of the tumultuous, passionate, and forbidden love affair of Jake McCann and Laura Darvey. After leaving the New York City Fire Department, Jake McCann and his two friends, Freddy Pratter and Mickey Justini, reunite in Woodhill, Ohio to accept positions in the fire department. The three friends all suffer from emotional, personal demons. Sharing a passion for Appaloosa horses, Jake falls in love with Laura Darvey, a woman who is married to a local bootlegger and operator of a protection racket. The affair causes the three friends to become tangled in a series of horrifying crimes that force them all to unexpectedly face their demons.
About the Author
In addition to more than 45 years' experience in the horse industry, Laurie Loveman still rides for pleasure. She is a retired firefighter, and has written articles for numerous equine and fire service publications. Her Firehouse Family series of novels reflects both of those interests.
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Memories: Firehouse Family Series: Book One based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A firefighter left bustling New York to accept a position as fire Chief in a small town, only to realize that life in a rural setting could be livelier than New York. There was crime, action, the illicit lover and an avenging husband. He was bruised in his body and his heart, but in the end things turned out well. Memories is a solid action story with a seamless plot. It managed the emotions of the characters deftly, depicting their reactions to events with skill. It tells an interesting story of pain, survival, and heroism.
First in Laurie Loveman's Firehouse Family series, Memories is filled with scenes and voices from the Depression. From the oppressive heat of a Ohio summer, to the icy blast of winter; from New York city streets to the small town of Woodhill; from arson and Prohibition to the healing of wounded memories; all is vividly rendered in evocative prose with dialog that turns into sound as the pages are read. Jake has been hired to oversee Woodhill's new fire department. Twin brother Dave is the local doctor. And just outside town, Laura rides her Appaloosas while husband Dan makes money by dubious means. Fire is a threat, not just a force of nature. Politics is trouble. Greed is danger. And memory of loss is the stuff nightmares are made of. The trio of New York firefighters, Jake, Mickey and Freddy, are very nicely drawn with all the disrespect and short-fused anger you'd expect in such a high-strung friendship. They face a rash of arson fires and begin to investigate. But when Rabbi Steiner's temple's attacked more than property comes under threat. Jake's not the only one running from memories in this tale, but maybe anger can give way to love, and fear to release, given good opportunity. The story progresses very naturally, with an unforced feel and light touch. Gentle romance, generous wisdom, and a cast of characters as varied as the land they live on, carry the story to a fine conclusion and leave the reader glad to know these people can be revisited in further tales. Disclosure: I read this ebook as a judge in the mystery section of the Dan Poynter Gobal eBook Awards. It (very deservedly)won the mystery/suspense award.