• Heroes for Ghosts

  • A Love Across Time Story
  • By: Jackie North
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Soul mates across time. A sacrifice that could keep them apart forever.

In present day, near the village of Ornes, France, Devon works on his master's thesis in history as he fantasizes about meeting a WWI American Doughboy.

In 1917, during the Battle of Ornes, Stanley is a young soldier facing the horrors of the battlefield.

Mourning the death of his friends from enemy fire, Stanley volunteers to bring the message for retreat so he can save everyone else in his battalion. While on his mission, mustard gas surrounds Stanley, and though he thinks he is dying, he finds himself in a peaceful green meadow where he literally trips over Devon.

Devon doesn't believe Stanley is who he says he is, a soldier from WWI. But a powerful attraction grows between them, and if Stanley is truly a visitor from the past, then he is Devon's dream come true. The problem is, Stanley's soul wants to finish his mission, and time keeps yanking him back to relive his fateful last morning over and over, even as his heart and body long to stay with Devon.

Will Stanley have to choose between Devon and saving his battalion? Will time betray their love, leaving each alone?

A male/male time-travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, French coffee, warm blankets, fireplace kisses, the angst of separation, and true love across time.

©2018 Jackie North (P)2020 Jackie North

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A sweet hurt/comfort time travel romance!

This was a sweet hurt/comfort time travel romance. This is unlike anything I have read before and a very refreshing love story. The part of the story that was set during the WW1 was very authentically written. The characters were engaging and well sketched out and the writing style was compelling. Greg Boudreaux performed an amazing audio delivery. Breathing life into the characters and making this an enjoyable listen.

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A late contender for audiobook of the year for me

Oh WOW... I bought this without ever having read anything by this author before, because the blurb intrigued me. I was a bit nervous because time travel is always a bit hit or miss for me. But I was blown away with how much I liked the actual novel. It has everything--action, romance, heartbreak, redemption. And the ending! I caught myself tearing up more than once. This is easily one of my favorite audiobooks this year, and I listen to a LOT of audiobooks. Greg Boudreaux, always a reliable narrator even if I'm not always a huge fan of the books he narrates, knocks this out of the park. Highest recommendation.

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I found my true love across a century

A beautiful time-traveling love story between a solider from WWI and a present day scholar who’s obsessed with studying on WWI and the battle that Americans so throughly lost. It’s a love story across a century. Stanley Sullivan died on a battlefield in France. He was a young man who thought he could bring honor home by signing up to become a solider in WWI and made his country proud. But alas, war is always so very brutal and unpredictable. On his last day on the battlefield, he signed up for the suicide mission to save his entire squad. But he failed his mission and choked up on mustard gas. But miraculously, he found himself on the same ground in 2018 and he was rescued by a handsome, spirited scholar. Devon first couldn’t believe that Stanley is a time traveller, he thought he must have mental problems or he’s a liar. But then he found out Stanley isn’t lying. This is a poignant, beautiful and sad story. My heart just aches for Stanley and his comrades who didn’t make it in the battlefield. Stanley fell in love with Devon and wanted to be with him but at the same time, the survivor guilt tortured him. And we all know guilt is the absolutely horrible thing that hinders a person’s happiness. I feel very sad about Issac too. But then again, war is always cruel and brutal and more often than not, most people don’t have a happy ending when it comes to war. Stanley is so very lucky to have a second chance in life with a lovely soul like Devon. The ending was just right but I wish we could have had an epilogue. Greg Boudreaux as always did a magnificent job narrating the story. I loved it so much. 5 I found my true love across a century stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audio rating Story - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Narration - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Performance - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Beautiful

This is probably my favorite Jackie North novel! I was so excited to finally see it come to audio and I was not disappointed! Greg Boudreaux brought one of my favorite books to life in a whole new way and it was gorgeous!

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A Great WWI Time-Travel Romance

Stanley, an American Doughboy fighting in the trenches of WWI-era France, is taken forward in time to the present where he meets Devon, a history student finishing his Master's thesis about the meteorological effects on the doomed Battle of Ornes. Devon, while not sure he believes Stanley's story, is nonetheless drawn in by the embodiment of his deepest fantasy, to meet a real-life WWI soldier. Stanley's growing feelings toward Devon convince him that 'Time' will not let him stay in the present until he saves his battalion in the past and begins to figure out how to finish his mission. Can these fated lovers change the past and stay together in the present? Jackie North delivers a solidly-plotted time-travel romance. The reader doesn't need to know the 'How' when North supplies such a wonderful 'Why'. I don't want to get too spoiler-y, so I'll just say that it becomes clear to the reader why 'Time' has sent Stanley to meet Devon. And, well, it's awfully swoon-worthy, in my opinion. The scenes set in the past portraying Stanley's grief, determination and bravery in the face of certain death make the scenes in the present much more poignant. 'Time' is working to bring together two lonely souls for a happily-ever-after. It'll cause all kinds of misty-eyed feelings. Greg Boudreaux is a stellar narration artist. The listener receives a perfectly-voiced emotional performance of Jackie North's brilliant love story. This audiobook was given to me, by my request, as a free review copy. I have now written this voluntary, honest opinion of it. Highly recommended.

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ALL THE STARS!!

For those who don't know, I love audiobooks. I have some favorite narrators, and for MM books, one of those is Greg Boudreaux. Not only do I find his voice soothing, but I love the way he tells a story. His narration makes me feel the words, and though it's cliche, I think he could read me the telephone book, and it would calm me. So when an opportunity came up to review an audiobook he was narrating, I knew I had to give it a chance. The book is MM romance, which is a favorite of mine, but it was by an author I had never heard of, let alone read, and it's a time travel romance. I don't usually jump on time travel, it gives me those flashback vibes, and if you follow me, you know I have a thing about flashbacks. But I read the Time Travelers Wife years ago and loved it. Plus, I was in the market for something outside of my ordinary, and the wonderful Greg Boudreaux is narrating, so why not? People, this book did NOT disappoint. Heroes for Ghosts (isn't that title just so freaking romantic) by Jackie North is a time travel romance done to perfection. What I loved: The characters. Stanley is a World War 1 soldier thrust from literally the trenches of war to present time, where he meets graduate student Devon. Stanley is written in this innocent way, but only because of his apparent unknown knowledge of the time he is in, but yet he is so strong. I was wrapped up in his character from the moment his dialogue started. Devon is an introvert and quiet, a little bit of a recluse but so loving and nurturing. He's my favorite kind of nerd because he is so wrapped up in his love for history he loses himself in it. The connection between the two characters has heat but in this slow burn, old fashioned, proper way. The history. I was as captivated by the history of this book as much as I was by the love story. I can't believe I am saying this, but I loved the back and forth. I think because it's not an actual flashback. When Stanley was in 1917, it's present time for him. It's not him recalling a memory; it's happening parallel to what's happening with Devon in the current time. I don't know why this is different for me, but it is. I'm not a history major by any means, but I thought the author did an outstanding job of giving information that was correct for the period without overwhelming with facts that weren't pertinent to the story. Overall. Heroes for Ghosts has to be the most romantic MM book I have read to date. You know that feeling you get when something touches your heart for two people, and your hand automatically goes to your mouth, and you smile, and your heart squeezes in the absolute best way? That's Heroes for Ghosts. My romantic soul is complete tonight.

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Amazing time travel listen!

Now this the first book I read by Jackie North and it is still amazing after listening to it now. I love Stanley and Devon. Their story is so beautiful. Then Greg Boudreaux bring ths story to life. He made an already amazing story and add to it. I just love listening to his narration and he makes me love a story even more.

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MM Time Travel Romance

ARC provided by GRR in exchange for an honest review. Well this was literally everything I never knew I needed. A very sweet time travel MM romance with wonderful characters and the world building was phenomenal. I felt so much while listening to this book. It was heart wrenching when for both Stanley and Devon when Stanley was gone. And I just wanted so much for their road to be easier. It was not, but that just made it more real. I cannot read the Christmas story they have out!! Greg Boudreaux was perfect on the narration.

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Terrific Narration Enhanced Time-Travel Love Story

"Heroes for Ghosts" is my first Jackie North book, and I'm very impressed by the amount of historical research evident in the small details. Mysterious time travel premise aside, the love story between U.S. Army soldier Stanley and modern-day history scholar Devon felt somewhat rushed although it's not exactly an insta-love situation. I had some initial uneasiness about their relationship for Stanley's sake (he's such a sweetheart) given Devon's admitted obsession with WWI Doughboys and despite his internal declarations about his loving Stanley being entirely separate from that fascination, but his actions later helped quell that feeling. Plus, the depth of their feelings of loss could be felt in the latter part of the story, and their HEA is heartwarming if not fittingly bittersweet. The premise drew me to this story, and it being narrated by Greg Boudreaux was a huge bonus. His emotion-filled performance only enhanced the story and is a great example of why he's a favorite narrator. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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Two lonely people are magically brought together.

This was a sweet and enjoyable story. Overall, it's a light story, despite the darker periods set in the midst of a battle in WWI. The contrast between Devon's life in current times and Stanley's dire situation in battle totally sucked me in. I'm not entirely sure how Stanley initially came to be in the present, but I feel like there was a kind of fate about it. Other than that, his going back and forth from that point made a sort of sense and was consistent. I knew he'd be going back, based on the blurb, and I was very much on edge, wondering how and when it would happen. Stanley's shock at this happening and Devon's reaction to Stanley's sudden entrance into his life seemed about as realistic as their situation could be. Devon and Stanley are lonely people, both desperate to be able to fully be themselves with someone. Their love is pretty close to insta-love because of this, but I like to imagine that they still earned their HEA. Devon's a pretty flawed character, his obsession with the war making him forget that Stanley was a real person who, if he really was telling the truth about where he'd come from, had been through something traumatic. His early pestering Stanley with questions and fascination with Stanley's uniform bugged me, but made sense as well. Stanley is perhaps a touch too self-sacrificing, but admirably strong in his determination to do what he believes is the right thing. I do wish that Devon had not used the phrase "American doughboy" quite so many times, to the point where I was either rolling my eyes or twitching. I would also have loved an epilogue. That being said, I am very glad I listened to this book. Greg Boudreaux's narration was fantastic, as always, and it really added to the experience of the book. I'm hoping that Jackie North will be releasing more books in audio soon.

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  • Mandy ryder
  • 12-17-20

An amazing story

Loved everything about this book. Such good writing and a brilliant story across time. Greg’s narration is always superb.

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  • Lex Buchanan
  • 12-06-20

An experience

This story is an experience. The story is really well written, points of history, location and details of war were well researched and put together in a way for someone who isn’t a history buff to understand but also for someone who is a history buff like me to enjoy as well. Mixing history and fiction can be a dicey thing, especially with a romance story but this came together seamlessly. The characters were extremely well depicted for their places in time, their backgrounds and their circumstance. I especially like how Jackie North wrote. The way each character experienced each other, their differences: appearance, speech, views of the world, and their similarities. Their perception of each other is a big reason the two fell in love and it brought them closer despite being torn apart by time and space. The narration is of course amazing as usual. I always find it hard to talk about a good narration except in terms of passion, expression and voices. A good narrator is great at following the words, being crisp and clear in presentation. A great narrator is all of that but also brings life and passion to a role. A great narrator doesn’t just see words in a page, they see a world, an in-depth character and jot just sees but delves in and understand the character trying to piece together why the character reacted that way so they can bring that emotion into the voice and mind of each and every character they present. Greg Boudreaux has always been that kind of a narrator and I always look forward to his work! Greg is one of the best narrators I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 12-05-20

Absolutely stunning time travel romance

This is an absolutely perfect time travel romance. The characters are wonderful and both react and express emotions perfect for their respective time periods. The historical details are seamlessly worked into the story and the author doesn't get bogged down in trying to make the time travel scientifically believable with lots of details. The focus is on the characters not the mechanics. Greg Boudreaux is never less that flawless with his performances and this book is no different. He captures Stanley's confusion and guilt perfectly while also making it abundantly clear why Devon is so attracted to both the time period and to Stanley in particular.

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  • choccygrl
  • 12-05-20

Grab a tissue and settle in for a glorious story

This is a story of second chances, strong friendships, and love across time. It's both uplifting and sad, because war is futile and the author did an excellent job of evoking the feel of WWI and the terror of the trenches over the promised guts and glory. This is an emotional listen, in places heartbreaking, with low steam but with a tenderness that highlights the couples' connection. As usual Greg does an excellent, thoughtful performance of the narration.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 12-05-20

Ghosts and war heroes

I’m always intrigued by romances that have ghosts. I have two overriding questions that stick with me throughout the read – will the ghost come back to life and will the story have a happy ending? Jackie North’s book had the added layer of time travel. Will one of the men settle in a time that is not his own and what are the ramifications of that? This book was really creative and hit a bunch of high notes with me. Good storytelling, compelling characters, a wonderful narrative, and a tale that kept me riveted from beginning to end. I couldn’t get through it fast enough, and yet I never wanted it to end. It also helped my curiosity that I had family who served in World War II. Of course Stanley, the soldier/ghost, finds it hard to fathom that there’s another war. Back to the story, I also enjoyed that it was set in France. Many men died on those battlefields and they never came home. My family were amongst the lucky ones – all our men returned. But they came back with scars – emotional and physical – that lasted their entire lives. War is always catastrophic. A lesson we seem to never quite learn. I loved this book. It will stay with me for a long time to come. I’ll also mention the narrator, Greg Boudreaux. He always delivers a great performance and he did for this book as well. I definitely recommend this audio.

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  • alias11
  • 12-05-20

Extraordinary!

I loved this audiobook, and I would give it more than 5 stars if I could! The characters of Devon and Stanley are from different times, but they are both so alone I couldn't help but want to see them end up together. The story was beautiful, poignant, and even a little suspenseful waiting to see what would happen and if Stanley would come back. The story was interesting and kept me listening all the way through in one sitting because I wanted to know what would happen next and how it would end. I will listen to this one again! The narration by Greg Boudreaux was spectacular. His pacing was perfect and his voicing of the emotions and drama were fantastic. There were moments he almost had me in tears. I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Hey There Delilah!!
  • 12-05-20

Wow, such a great story.

STORY: Wow this was a great story! I read this when it was first release and I was happy to slip back into this world and the wonderful story. I found myself looking up some of the events that were mentioned. **My original review from reading this book a while ago. I really enjoyed the relationship between Devon and Stanley. I was a bit hesitant about reading a time traveler book but this story was well written and exciting to follow. I was a bit sad to see there wasn’t an epilogue as I have some follow up questions but am excited to see there is going to be more to these series.** NARRATION: the narrator does an amazing job bringing this story to life. Each character was distinctive and the pace was great. I would listen to this again.

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  • Trio
  • 12-05-20

Incredible Story, Gorgeous Job by G. Boudreaux

What a beautiful and incredibly clever story! I can't believe I waited so long to read this one... though I'm glad I waited for the audiobook, because Greg Boudreaux does a marvelous job. A gripping time travel story, and Jackie North weaves amazing details of the life of a World War I soldier throughout the novel. I toured those battle field memorials in the north of France when I was in grad school, and Ms. North really captures the aura of those grass covered trenches and fields of white crosses. Very, very moving and beautifully written. It's a lovely romance as well, with compelling and very likeable characters. I know there's more books to this series and I've got my fingers crossed they'll all be coming out in audio - performed by the talented Greg Boudreaux.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 12-04-20

Heroes For Ghosts

I enjoyed this gentle slow burn, love story between Devon and Stanley. The ‘groundhog day’ way Stanley has to relive his last day, trying to save his friends and the battalion, is nerve wracking and cleverly written. Greg Boudreaux is superb in his narration.

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  • Vania
  • 12-04-20

The sweetest time travel.

I loved loved loved this book. It It's something a bit different from usual. The time travel spin gives it a bit of a different pov. And thought the outcome may be predictable, it's just what it takes to make this story as sweet as it could be. I wouldn't mind a follow up book, or even a novella, to catch up with how Stanley is doing in his today's life. It's very emotional following Stanley's stumbling into the present and then being dragged back into the war multiple times and seeing the love grow between him and Devon. Loved Greg Boudreaux's narration, he was simply perfect for this book.