Saturday, July 16, 2011

Megan's Hero by Sharon Gillenwater

Review by Suzie Johnson
Readers who want to fall in love with a true hero need look no further than Megan’s Hero, by Sharon Gillenwater. If I could give out a hero-of-the-year award, it would go to Will Callahan the dashing, tender-hearted, swoon-worthy hero of Sharon’s latest book.

Megan’s Hero is the third book in The Callahans of Texas series. But don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two books in this series, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy this book. However, I’m willing to bet you’ll enjoy this one so much you’ll make sure to go back and read the other two books.

I was privileged enough to hear the story line for Megan's Hero before it was written. From that moment, when it was still a brainstorm, I've waited to hold the printed book in my hand and devour the story – even more-so after reading the first two books in this series. It was well worth the wait because when I finished this book, I was happily satisfied.

Unfortunate circumstances cost Megan Smith her job. Now, pregnant, unmarried, and down to her last few dollars, she's reduced to living in her van. But when a tornado blows across the road, and destroys her van, her life is about to change forever.

Enter one seemingly too-good-to-be-true hero.

Will finds himself almost immediately smitten with the sweet mother-to-be, but there are things about her that don't add up: her reluctance to talk about her family, a secret past, and the fact that his father's private investigators could find nothing about her. What is Megan hiding, and will the truth about her past be devastating enough to keep them from pursuing a relationship?

With a little help from the rest of the Callahan crew, Will lives up to his title as the perfect hero for Megan’s wounded heart in this incredibly romantic story.

I have had favorite writers let me down with the second or third book in a series before, but not Sharon. Curling up with a book of hers is like curling up in front of the fire with family, friends and hot chocolate. Or maybe with some popcorn, Dr. Pepper, and a warm blanket. Either way, it’s comforting, soothing, and satisfying.

I love the risk Sharon takes with her unwed and homeless heroine. The way Megan struggles to overcome her past as well as her present troubles in order to find a promising future makes this heart-grabbing book the perfect one for a weekend-read.

I have a copy of this book to give away to one lucky commenter, so be sure and leave your email address along with your comment by midnight tonight (July 16th, 2011). Just be sure and keep it safe from internet spider-bots. Example: Iwannabook (at) hotyahoogmail (dot) com

If you'd like to read my reviews of the first two books in this series, visit my personal blog, Suzie's Writing Place where I've just re-posted them.

Sharon grew up on Thompson's Ranch in the Rolling Plains of West Texas, near Colorado City. Her father was ranch foreman, and her parents lived there for over fifty years. The six thousand acre ranch provided pasture for Hereford cattle and an occasional Texas Longhorn, as well as fields of grain and grass to feed the stock and the primary crop, cotton. Love and marriage took Sharon across the country to state of Washington, but Texas is still dear to her heart.

Her books are honest down home love stories with laughter, conflict and sometimes tragedy that carries the reader along. The power of God working in the lives of the main characters is always evident as is their relationship to Him.

She again brings you the wonderful people, small towns and West Texas region she loves in Jenna's CowboyEmily's Chance and Megan's Hero in the Callahans of Texas series.

For Sharon, writing romance novels is a ministry. God has given her the talent to write, and she uses it to serve Him. She depends on Him to give her stories that will inspire, heal, entertain and bring her readers closer to Jesus.

Click here to visit Sharon’s website.


  1. Great review! I read Emily's Chance last year and really enjoyed it, so I'd love a chance to win this one. :) Thanks so much!



  2. When I saw the title I knew if I scrolled down I'd see a good looking cowboy!!

    Thanks Suzie...and Sharon Gillenwater. Very nice, all around.

    Thank you for commenting, Amber. have a beautiful Saturday everyone!

  3. You know me. I love a risky book. The pregnant, homeless heroine caught my attention right away.

  4. Speaking of cowboys, this is the day I leave Calgary, Alberta for home. I don't think I've gone anywhere these past 3 days and not encountered someone dressed up in cowboy gear to celebrate the Stampede. Plaid rules!

    No, I haven't read any of Sharon's other books, so thank you for bringing my attention to Sharon's, Suzie. This sounds like one I'd grab at first sight - oogle my eyes out - then flip to the back. Yup. The story sounds downright intriguing enough to catch my interest for a spell.

    Gotta git ma little dogies and herd 'em on down to Saskatchewan now. Keep the wind at yer back and don't fall outta yer saddle til the good Lord brings us together agin.


    Anita Mae.

  5. Sounds like a great book, Suzie! Add my name to your drawing list. anne at annemateer dot com.

  6. Suzie -

    I just took a quick break to sneak a peek at today's Inkys post, and I'm so glad I did! A title like Meagan's Hero really has a lot to live up to, but it's obvious from your post that it does.
    I am packing boxes today for our 16th move -7/30- we're changing apartments while my husband is in grad school. I would LOVE to use this book as a motivator to stay on track packing so I can look forward to a great read after moving day. dsks88 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Nice review, Susie! Believe it or not, we have quite a few cowboys here in Las Vegas. They hold a lot of rodeo competitions in the local arenas, including the big national one. There are few things quite as endearing as a big-hearted cowboy :+}

  8. Good morning ladies! At least, it's still morning on my side of the country. It's dark and dreary here, so I hope the rest of you are enjoying some sunshine!

    Amber, I'm so glad you enjoyed Emily's Chance. I think that pretty much guarantees you'll love this one. I'm putting your name in the hat for a chance at the book.

  9. Hey there, Deb. Sharon's really had some great covers, hasn't she? Luckily for us readers, her books totally live up to her covers.

  10. Ooooh, I love a great hero! This one sounds wonderful. :)

  11. You know, Dina, you are the one who challenged me and made me realize that if I'm not reading suspense, I do tend to choose the riskier books over lighter reading more often than not. I love all books, but I do really do get caught up in stories that take risks.

  12. I guess that sounded like a slam on books that aren't suspenseful or don't necessarily have risky subject matter. I sure didn't mean it that way. There are many ways for an author to take risks and I love books that feature something out of the ordinary. A homeless pregnant heroine in a Christian romance is definitely risky and out of the ordinary, and it makes for one engaging and enjoyable read.

  13. Anita said: Plaid rules!

    Anita, I'm looking at a picture right now of me, my husband and son when we'd only been married a few years. Hubby is wearing a plaid flannel shirt. Your comment reminded me that he wore nothing but plaid for years.

    I hope you enjoyed Calgary.

  14. Good morning, Anne. Your name is in the proverbial hat! Enjoy your Saturday.

  15. Sandy Kay, your 16th move?! Wow. I can't even imagine. This year is my 30th wedding anniversary and we've lived in the same house the entire time. My husband grew up in this house. I moved a few times as a kid, but never as an adult. I hope your move goes smoothly and you get to stay in one place for a while. Good luck to you hubby. Your name is in the hat.

  16. Jen, years ago, my grandpa used to take me to rodeos. He didn't have a horse or a ranch, but he did have a bull in his backyard and he always wore a Stetson, Levis, a huge belt buckle, and plaid shirts with pearl buttons. Jen, thank you for bringing to mind that awesome memory of my grandpa.

  17. Good morning, DeAnne. I love a great hero, too, and Sharon's done a fantastic job with this one.

  18. You always write such fabulous reviews. This book sounds like another one for my towering TBR pile! Thanks for sharing it with us, Suzie.

  19. Hey there, Susie! Thank you so much, and you're welcome. :) I think I've finally managed o whittle down my physical TBR, but the virtual one on my nook is threatening to make it explode.

  20. One "problem" is that we find good books, like the authors and then want to buy each new book by that author. I say "problem" because the TBR may outlive us as it grows exponentially.

    hey, I spelled that right, whadyaknow.

    I can see the headline now...
    Exploding Nook is to Blame when Local Author is Grazed by Sharp Prose and Risky Plotlines.

  21. Oh, Deb, you are a funny one. :) I suppose if our virtual TBRs get so huge the e-reader fills up, we'll just have to buy a second one. Lol.

  22. Sorry I didn't get this done at midnight the night of the post. Anne, your name was chosen for the copy of Megan's Hero!


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