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.
Title: An Everyday Hero
Series: A Heart of A Hero #2
Author: Laura Trentham
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Published: February 4, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I can’t even begin to convey the depth, the pain, the beauty of Greer’s – Ally’s – Emmett’s stories. I won’t even try. Individually they are all painful to read and uplifting to complete, combine them together as they affect each other’s lives in meaningful, realistic ways and you’ll discover a book that will speak to your heart for many enjoyable re-readings. An Everyday Hero describes each of these three people in various degrees and levels of pain, at different places in their lives yet brings them together in a way that is realistic, plausible and memorable.
My true wish for you as a reader would be to go into An Everyday Hero blind knowing nothing more than what the Cover Description gives you, which is everything you need to know to begin this journey. Yes, I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press for which I’m very grateful so I should be saying lovely, flowery, insightful things about this novel. And still… I find that I really want you to discover this heartwrenching and heart-healing story for yourself, on your terms, in your time – for both you and this book deserve that.
I was captured by An Everyday Hero from the first chapter and its grip didn’t let go until the final word was read. I loved this book, I cried, cringed, laughed, hurt and healed alongside some of the most memorable characters I can remember reading about. I should apologize for saying little but in this case, less is indeed more… more for you to discover on your own and experience firsthand as three people impact each other’s lives in ways that matter and heal themselves along the way.
I would not hesitate for one second in recommending this story to any reader no matter your preferred genre. This one will touch you, and you’ll be glad for that in the end.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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