I have had Saving the Rifleman on my to-read list for awhile, but never really got inspired to buy it. Then I found it on Scribd and was so happy that I added it to my library. I soon realized that it was part of the massive romance purge that Scribd is doing in August so I quickly read it. And...it was okay. I enjoyed it and it was easy to read, but I did feel a little letdown by it.
Maria Hunt is a nurse working in Belgium during World War I. She works at a hospital run by the Red Cross that helps soldiers and civilians regardless of nationality. Maria and her supervisor, Rose, use this position to their advantage by sneaking injured British soldiers out of the country right under the noses of the Germans. I really liked her character for her loyalty and her capability. I am squeamish so I really admired her ability to keep going through some of the more violent aspects of the book. I also loved her devotion to her patients, no matter who they were.
The hero of Saving the Rifleman is John Bennett, an aristocrat and career soldier, who stumbles upon the hospital and needs Maria's help getting to the Netherlands. What I liked about him was his protective nature that was never over-the-top. He spends much of the book in awe of Maria's intelligence and bravery and often bowed to her valuable experience. John also doesn't care much about her lower class background and believes that he can convince his family how amazing she is.
This was a very sweet road romance that has these two likable characters traveling across the Belgian countryside while escaping the Germans. There was a lot of danger and some appropriate wartime violence. This all caused the love story to get a bit rushed. Both Maria and John have their emotions running high and it was not hard to understand their intimacy.
I did feel like things got disappointing once they reached England. I wanted more page time devoted to Maria adjusting to her new life and dealing with John's family's upper crust sensibilities. I guess I found myself in need of more proof that these two had a real connection once they were out of immediate danger, but the page length didn't allow for that. But, if you are looking for a decent historical romance that isn't Regency or Victorian-era, it might be worth checking this series out.