MEMORIES begins the story of the tumultuous, passionate, and forbidden love affair of Jake McCann and Laura Darvey. In the height of Prohibition in June, 1932, after suffering the terrible loss of his firefighter friends in one fire, followed by the death of his wife and son in another fire, former New York City Fire Captain Jake McCann is appointed fire chief in the small town of Woodhill, Ohio. The town may be small, but the trouble and turmoil in Woodhill are not. Jake is joined by his two friends, Freddy Pratter and Mickey Justini, who are appointed to the fire department with Jake. Like Jake, they have their own personal demons.
Sharing an interest in horses, Jake falls in love with Laura Darvey, a woman who is married to a local bootlegger and operator of a protection racket. The affair causes the three friends to become entangled in a series of horrifying crimes that force them all to unexpectedly face their demons.
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“Great view of firefighting history with romance to boot!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Cindy C.

I really enjoyed this story about rural firefighting, arson, the Cleveland mob, and a nice romance story. It’s very detailed with historical events of the 30s. As a Clevelander I got a kick hearing about the events “close to home” but I think everyone can identify with the story.

About the Author

Laurie Loveman is an author, fire department officer, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities. She has a degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati and is a consultant on fire safety in equine facilities. With more than forty years experience in the horse industry, Laurie has written many articles for equine and fire service publications, and her novels, set in the 1930s, reflect her interest not just in horses, but also on topics relevant to firefighting today, such as firefighter stress, medical ethics, and arson. You can learn more about Laurie’s FIREHOUSE FAMILY SERIES: MEMORIES, THE QUARRY, and THE FARM FIRES, by visiting her website at

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