'Broken Hero' produces a rich, cohesive view of a few lives during the turbulent war years, and also gives us a hint of life before the war. The writing invites us to read slowly, understand the individuals' histories, and savor the story. Foremost; this is a really beautiful romance.
-- reviewed by Long and Short Reviews.com
Anne Whitfield has done it again. She quickly became one on my "must read" list. In this latest accomplishment, Ms. Whitfield took us to East Yorkshire, England in Spring 1944--World War II.
Ms. Whitfield has taken a plot with horrible situations and deplorable conditions and made a beautifully intricate story which will grab the heart of her readers. Audrey's character is strong, but vulnerable. Jake is a man who has shut down his emotional functions. The supporting characters keep the story lively. They also help the emotionally-struggling doctor to face his own personal problems. Jake is a strong, caring doctor who totally rejects facing his own past horrors. Audrey not only projects her own strength, she is an encourager and, regardless of setbacks, refuses to give up on anyone or anything.
Broken Hero is a wonderfully poignant story of a man who just happened to be a doctor in World War II, who had to decide how to deal with his patients without neglecting his own needs. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is interested in WWII and the scenery around this part of England. Ms. Whitfield has graciously gone into detail so that I, who have never traveled, felt as if I had been in the midst of the storyline. -- Brenda Talley - The Romance Studio
Audrey believes she is in control of her life and her emotions, until Captain Jake Harding's arrival affects her in a way she never expects. She rails against his inability to respond to her due to the demons which haunt him from his past. Does she salve her pride and stop trying? Will he come to realise he needs the devotion she can offer, or is this broken hero beyond her reach?
Broken Hero is an uplifting story about the unseen wounds war inflicts on the strongest and the way ordinary people learned to adjust to cope with extraordinary situations.
Readers will sympathise at every level with Anne Whitfield's characters, the strong minded Audrey and the compassionate, damaged Jake who needs her but cannot or will not acknowledge it. -- Anita Davison- author
Broken Hero was a wonderfully sweet story. It pulled on my heartstrings and brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't have asked for more heart warming characters which you couldn't help but suffer with and cheer for. If you are looking for a story that will make you feel deeply and leave with you with the truth that love conquers all, then you shouldn't miss Broken Hero! -- Lynda from Simply Romance reviews
From the Back Cover
Audrey Pearson's life changed dramatically when WWII broke out and her large home, Twelve Pines on the East Yorkshire coast, became a convalescence home for wounded soldiers. Her life is no longer lavish with entertainment, beautiful clothes and surrounded by a loving family. Soldiers, physically and mentally wounded now fill her home. The smell of disinfectant replaces her mother's perfume and gone are the friends and acquaintances - instead nurses roam the hallways. Captain Jake Harding, a doctor training in psychiatry arrives at Twelve Pines. Audrey immediately finds herself attracted to the Captain, but he is remote towards her. Puzzled by his cold behaviour, Audrey tries to learn more about the handsome Captain. He reveals that he's lost a wife and baby in childbirth and refuses to ever remarry. However, despite this, Audrey believes she can change his mind and make him aware he doesn't have to spend his life alone. The ice around Jake's heart begins to melt. For years he has rejected the possibility of finding love again because of the pain it caused him before, but the beautiful Audrey shows him her love and she needs someone to love her in return. Could he honestly walk away from her, from the love that could be his?