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Her Only Hero (The Flanagans, Book 4) (Love Inspired #313) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373873239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373873234
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author


I realized I wanted to be a writer at age eight, when I read my first Nancy Drew novel, The Secret of the Old Clock. Most little girl reach the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. I wanted to be the person who created the story!
The dream lay hidden for years while I became a teacher, married, had children...all the usual things. But eventually it re-surfaced, and I began to write, beginning with short children's stories for Sunday school take-home papers. It seemed a long time until that first acceptance, but eventually I began to sell. After some three hundred published short stories, I finally found the courage to work on the novel I'd always wanted to write.
Thirty-some published novels later, I still feel the same excitement every time I begin a new book--a mix of not believing I can do it combined with an overwhelming urge to see the story on the page.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and my own Pennsylvania Dutch roots eventually led me to the books I'm writing now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while my forthcoming HQN suspense novels are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Dutch country. I'm also writing a Love Inspired series, The Bodine Family, set on the South Carolina coast where we have a second home.
When I'm not writing, I'm busy with church activities, traveling, and spending time with my three children and six beautiful grandchildren.

Customer Reviews

This book dealt with some tough issues.
M. Palmer
Both main characters were very likable, as was the little girl in the story.
Maria from Texas
If you read the first Flanagan book you will be hooked.
Kindle Customer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cocopuff482 on March 2, 2010
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This book was by far THE best in the Flanagan series; that is the best in the ones I have read thus far(and I have read the books about Gabe, Brendan, Seth, Fiona).
The plot read almost like a suspense story at times. The depth of emotions experienced by all was totally in line with Ryan's character as developed in previous books although this book can stand on its own. It was interesting also to get Mandy's life-story and I thought that it was very real and practical. I totally agreed with who the villain turned out to be because I found that he was too smarmy for me.
The attraction between Laura and Ryan was there from the get-go and I liked the progression throughout the book.
Of course I liked the spiritual element and how God was working throughout the story all along. I am off to get Terry's story now but I highly recommend this book. :-)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Thornton on December 2, 2006
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I was hesitant to read a "romance novel" but tried this one and found it very enjoyable. The writing is well done, the characters are believable and the situations are true to life. I have known real people who mere in families like the Flanagans and also I have know real people like Laura the single mom who is the main character. To me this book rings true to life, and I appreciated that fact.

The dialog is not "cheezy." The spiritual elements are not at all preachy, but more in step with my own understanding of how God works as we wrestle with understanding life and other people.

I need not relate the theme and plot as others have done so, but I just wanted to add my two cents worth. As a man I liked this book and give it five stars. I plan to read more novels in the "Love Inspired" series.
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By Kindle Customer on December 31, 2013
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If you read the first Flanagan book you will be hooked. Everyone in the family is involved in someway with the fire department. I would highly recommend!
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Synopsis:

Laura is a young widow who has just returned to her home town to restore a historic townhouse, her only legacy from her dead husband. Ryan is a firefighter, who she went to high school with. When there is a fire at Laura's townhouse Ryan is there to save the day. Ryan is there to help Laura with the house and spends time with her deaf daughter, but when it comes time to investigate an anonymous tip that says the fire wasn't an accident things get strained between them.

Thoughts *May Contain Spoilers*:

I am quite shocked at how highly this book is rated (currently 4 1/2 stars). The author means well but to be honest, this book is something of a mess. Why did the husband buy a house in her hometown when he's never lived there? Why is Ryan supposed to be both a playboy and a saint? Nothing at all rings true for me. The last third of this book, which really delves into the arson investigation defies all logic. Laura becomes a suspect for the arson because she had insurance. I would assume most people have home owners insurance and most people would make a claim if they had a fire on their property. I can't believe that the detective who is supposed to be a professional would think this was a credible reason for Laura to start a fire, especially when it sounded like she had doubled the value of the house, so all the time and money she put into restoring the place would be lost because the house was insured for less than it's current restored value. Not only that, but she is described as a slender smallish woman and she hits a wall with one swing, and and brings wooden post, bricks and plaster all over her. Seriously? Not only that but her townhouse is a protected historic building but none of the other homes in the neighborhood are? Really?
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By M. Palmer on March 2, 2013
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This book is about the youngest Flannagan son, Ryan. He had been wreckless in his past and had been the cause of his father's heart attack. He was not looking into transferring to arson, which could cause some problems in his new love life. During a routine fire inspection, Ryan met up with Laura McKay and her deaf daughter. He told himself he wouldn't get involved, but somehow he did!

This book dealt with some tough issues. Arson, forgiveness, truth, and deafness. The sweetness with the growing number of Flannagan's is only the beginning! Ryan's character was very well developed, as was Laura's. I couldn't help but to get mad at Laura a time or two, but I completely sided with her when she chewed Ryan out for what he did. I still side with her in saying Ryan didn't HAVE to go to his supervisor with the information...

And the very end - the epilogue - made me cry! It was so sweet.
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