Laura Trentham comes to the blog with the second in A Heart of a Hero series, this one full of redemption, second chances and acceptance with
An Everyday Hero
Everyone in this story has something to overcome or deal with – and the romance, while there, is background in a ‘coupled up’ sense, to allow the characters to find their own joys again, rebuild confidence and improve their relationships. Greer lost everything she thought she had, and after one bad decision after the next finds herself back with her parents and assigned to volunteer with a group that serves the military and their families – through a court decision. She’s totally at a loose end when thinking of this – because she feels her music failed her, and there is nothing she has to offer. Particularly not to a fifteen year old girl who lost her father in Afghanistan, and is acting out in her grief. Greer is thinking she’ll put in the hours and do the ‘work’ while she plans something different and perhaps a new career.
Seeing much of herself in Ally (the teen), and finding a talent there: Greer decides that she can help Ally and nurture her talent while steering the young girl away from the pitfalls that she danced through without thinking. When she sees that she’d managed to get through to Ally – and their relationship is improving as Ally learns to deal with her anger and grief over her father’s death, she’s given the task of approaching an old school mate, recently returned from war. Emmett was the golden boy in town, and Greer finds that he’s not only unwilling to engage – but doesn’t believe that he’s worth anyone taking time to help him. He’s angry, frustrated and scared, and while he knows Greer from school and the town, he doesn’t expect her stubborn refusal to ‘go away’ and forget about him. She’s feeling more confident with the success she’s had with Ally, and she’s determined that Emmett has more to share.
Everyone here has some steps to take in their own journey of self-discovery, and no one is more surprised than Greer to find that everything she thought was lost, and could never be found were returning – slowly but surely. And there’s even a delicate dance with Emmett – one that both are not entirely sure they are ready for, but want to take that chance anyway. As previously stated, the romance here is really one of “friends” and “self” as everyone finds a better way to move forward and acknowledge their own issues, work on them, and learn to rely on other people to listen, understand, accept and support.
Please read down to get a ‘sample’ of the title from Chapter One….
Title: An Everyday Hero
Author: Laura Trentham
Series: A Heart of a Hero #2
Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary Military Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Small Town, Southern
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Published on: 4 February, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 7 minutes
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From award-winning author Laura Trentham comes an emotionally layered novel about redemption, second chances and discovering that life is worth fighting for.
At thirty, Greer Hadley never expected to be forced home to Madison, Tennessee with her life and dreams of being a songwriter up in flames. To make matters worse, a series of bad decisions and even crappier luck lands her community service hours at a nonprofit organization that aids veterans and their families. Greer cannot fathom how she’s supposed to use music to help anyone deal with their trauma and loss when the one thing that brought her joy has failed her.
When Greer meets fifteen-year-old Ally Martinez, her plans to stay detached and do as little as possible get thrown away. New to town and dealing with the death of her father in action, she hides her emotions behind a mask of bitterness and sarcasm, but Greer is able to see past it and recognizes pieces of who she once was in Ally. The raw and obvious talent she possesses could take her to the top and Greer vows to make sure life’s negativities don’t derail Ally’s potential.
After Greer is assigned a veteran to help, she’s not surprised Emmett Lawson, the town’s golden boy, followed his family’s legacy. What leaves her shocked is the shell of a man who believes he doesn’t deserve anyone’s help. A breakthrough with Ally reminds Greer that no one is worth giving up on. So she shows up one day with his old guitar, and meets Emmett’s rage head on with her stubbornness. When a situation with Ally becomes dire, the two of them must become a team to save her—and along the way they might just save themselves too.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.