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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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  • RACHEL REED
  • 08-12-2020

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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  • Zell Oakley
  • 21-11-2020

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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  • JayReads
  • 23-02-2021

An Astonishing Tale

Love across time becomes a reality in Heroes for Ghosts by Jackie North. Heroes for Ghosts is an exquisitely written hurt-comfort time travel romance with second and even third chances. It depicts where the universe steps in to solidify a picture-perfect match between a WWI doughboy, Stanley Sullivan, and present-day history major, Devon Foster. The retelling of their story, as narrated by Greg Boudreaux, is masterfully done, enhancing the love which time crafted.

Stanley lives in an era when his sexuality is illegal, yet he craves the connection with another man. Serving his country in 1917 during the Battle of Ornes, he succumbs to mustard gas in a brave attempt to save his fellow soldiers. When he someway trips over Devon in the very same field, some 100 years later, he is confused and heartsick that he failed his fellow comrades.

In a small cottage near the battlefield where the events of 1917 took place, Devon is completing his history major thesis studying the effects the weather had on the Battle of Ornes, where all 201 soldiers of the 44th Battalion perished. Lost to his thoughts, lying in the wet grass as the chilly rain falls upon him, Devon suddenly finds himself face to face with… well, it appears to be a WWI doughboy.

Kindhearted Devon, takes the confused, possibly role playing or suffering from some sort of mental health issue, Stanley, to the little cottage to get him warm and fed. As time passes and they begin to understand each other, it becomes clear that some sort of paranormal phenomenon has brought them together. Yet, Stanley’s work is unfinished and he is repeatedly pulled back to 1917 to complete his mission.

Time travel may seem impossible, but Heroes for Ghosts challenges your thought process with a profound feeling that something cosmic held Stanley in limbo until the timing was right to introduce him to Devon. Each time Stanley returns from the past, their connection grows. Devon learns actual facts from the past, piquing his already intense interest. And Stanley is introduced to current technology and the exquisite pleasure and rightness of a bond between two men.

I wondered about the impact of altering history, but let it go. My mind settled this by theorizing that, while war is by no means inconsequential, this particular battle was insignificant to the outcome of the overall war, leaving no impact in its wake. Besides, Stanley and Devon get their happily-ever-after and a few lives were not lost in vain.

Overall, Heroes for Ghosts, the first in the Love Across Time series, is an astonishing tale that riveted me from the start. The history is well researched and presented. The characters are strong both individually and together, their pain and personal experiences laid bare for us to empathize. The vivid imagery is spectacular, from the horrors of war, to the peaceful green fields that now occupy the same space. And… the narration by Greg Boudreaux is flawless and spellbinding.

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  • Blackwindstar
  • 17-04-2021

Love it!!!

Great storyline and great narrator. I cannot wait until the next installment of this series. highly recommend this series. and highly recommend this author Jackie North

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  • Zizawah
  • 07-02-2021

Beautiful Groundhogs day style time travel love story

This audio, though the sample was not a win with me due to personal taste, ended up being very engaging and well done and overall a winning audio book.

I am a fan of Jackie North. Her stories are well written, heart felt, vivid, and rooted firmly in historic realism. This story, her first one, is so good that even though I’ve read it already, mesmerised me throughout the listen and made it even more endearing.

Personally I think Greg’s first few minutes in this book felt rushed or a little loud in style. However Greg does a great job of having distinct voices for the characters that I did not feel lost at all. He imbued his characters with their feelings in his voice subtly and honestly I forget that he was narrating. To me it was just Stanley and Devin voices after a while.

Stanley is a wonderful character, so young and so deserving of what fate has handed to him. This is like the groundhog’s day story where Stanley, already a very responsible soldier, ended up doing more and more just to help others. I love how Devin opened his heart to Stanley and helped Stanley. Love at first sight but very believable.

If you are in the mood for well written, sweet, and rollicking time travel love story, you should definitely give this a try!

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 10-12-2020

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.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 08-12-2020

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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  • Leah Brock
  • 07-12-2020

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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  • Brittany (A Bit Smutty Book Blog)
  • 07-12-2020

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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  • Stephanie VO
  • 05-12-2020

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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  • jay
  • 19-03-2021

absolutely beautiful tale romantic and interesting

definitely an interesting tale with bits of history suprised working well with gay romance

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  • I. Dort
  • 25-02-2021

WW1 with a twist

Love this series. Having it read to me, means I can't rush through the book, no skipping. It makes it more pleasurable.
The best part is, that it is about WW1 without it being sad or ending badly.

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  • Randall J
  • 19-02-2021

Time travel epic love when soldier meets scholar

In Jackie North’s Love Across Time series, true love is stronger than the temporal sphere, and lovers who are destined to be together are displaced from their own time to be united with their soulmates. In HEROES FOR GHOSTS, Stanley, a young American ‘doughboy’ fighting on the battlefield in World War I France, is transported to the present-day to meet Devon, an American graduate student working on his dissertation on the effect of weather on battle outcomes. Almost obsessed with the idea of the American doughboy, it’s as if Devon has conjured his ideal to come directly from the past, to love him. This is a beautiful story, and I loved how Stanley and Devon’s relationship has a ‘fated mates’ element to it. Stanley’s inexperience and vulnerability are touching, and Devon’s tender care of him equally so; it’s impossible to avoid becoming invested in their love, and the compelling nature of Stanley’s dilemma results in moments of uncertainty that keep the reader on tenterhooks until the satisfying resolution that is a guarantee in a Jackie North story. The narration by Greg Boudreaux is nothing short of amazing, and amplifies the emotions evoked by the text. I loved it, completely!

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 01-02-2021

Heartwarming

A lonely professor working on a rhesus and the oast comes to visit abd romance comes to visit and his world is turned upside down. A lovely romantic story with twists and turns that will have you worrying for them.

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  • Mandy ryder
  • 17-12-2020

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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  • James Buchanan
  • 06-12-2020

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
  • 05-12-2020

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
  • 05-12-2020

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
  • 05-12-2020

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
  • 05-12-2020

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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