Review: An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham

Posted February 20, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham
An Everyday Hero

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Series: Heart of a Hero #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on February 4, 2020
Pages: 327
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Her music dried up and her boyfriend cheated making her a country song cliche while his all-American red white and blue bled out leaving him broken.  Does life have a new chance for them?  I saw the heartfelt blurb on this one and thought it was long past time for me to try this new to me author who gets to the heart of what makes a hero in her romances.


Review

An Everyday Hero is the second installment in this series of standalone romances.  I started with this one and couldn’t even tell you if it had any connection at all to the previous book so it can definitely be read out of order.

An Everyday Hero opens with Greer Hadley standing before the judge shamed at her recent descent to rock bottom and shocked at the sentence she receives- fifty hours at a non-profit music therapy organization for working with military vets and families.  Her music and her dreams dried up in Nashville and she walked away from it all, but a troubling first session with a teen girl who lost her dad and she sees her own troubled teen self in the girl.  Then she gets assigned a reclusive military vet who is an amputee and struggling with survivor’s guilt.  He was once the most popular guy at school and her own secret crush.  She didn’t think she had anything to offer others, but finds her own brand of sarcasm and offbeat ways are just what these two people who don’t want pity or fake care need.  And, as she tries with them, she learns that Ally and Emmet might be just what she needs to find her way.

Emmet Lawson came back when others did not.  He should be grateful, but instead he doesn’t see the point and wishes it had been him who was left dead back in the desert.  He uses the old family cabin and sits in his rocker drinking his meals.  Then feisty Greer shows up and won’t be driven away by his snarl and shotgun.  She challenges him and he slowly starts taking an interest so that he is soon challenging her with her issues as well.  A shift happens in his mind as he starts taking an interest in his family, the family horse farm, and most definitely Greer.  Could she ever see him as more than a friend?

There is so much to absorb in this book.  It’s a romance, but it is also the comeback stories for three hurting people.  Loss and recovery is a huge pair of elements.  Finding one’s self and learning to allow others in the support is also there.  Military sacrifices both by a soldier and a soldier’s family.   A love for music and the healing it brings.  And, yes, romance.

Both Greer and Emmet are really wallowing when the story begins.  They have good reasons to feel beaten down and bruised of heart.  But then Greer becomes the catalyst for assisting Aly and then Emmet.  As they come out of their internal exiles, they turn it around and start pulling Greer out of her troubles.  It was neat to see them all helping each other and then seeing the supporting love of family and friends around them.  The emphasis on coping with grief and loss is huge and I liked how the author handled that with an intimate knowledge of the military life for soldiers and families.  I appreciated that she got them on the road to recovery before things shifted between Greer and Emmet into acting on their attraction and their feelings for each other.

It was gently-paced and very much so character-driven.  I found it full of depth and rich in thoughtful moments.  It was a heartwarming and eventually feel-good romance and come-back story.  I loved this first occasion to read the author’s work and it will definitely be followed up with more.  I can definitely recommend this book to military romance and small town romance fans who enjoy spicy, character-driven romance.

My thanks to St. Martin’s for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


Challenges Met

New Release #17
Literary Pickers #34 new to me author
COYER Winter Friends #45
Books N Tunes #8 Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 months ago

I have this one on my pile and they changed the cover from the arc to the released version. I like this cover Thanks Sophia Rose this just went a little higher on the list 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I don’t notice the covers as much when I get the review invitations and this was one of those. I loved this one a lot and hope you will as well. Debbie. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
4 months ago

I haven’t read it but it does sound like a good book. I’m glad you liked it.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, it was great to discover a new author to track down her books. Her Highlander in the South ones look fun, too.

Lover of Romance
4 months ago

I love those gentle paced books and I really like that but also that it shows these comeback stories ….admire when authors implement that style in their books.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

These are some of my favorite kind of stories, too. 🙂

sherry fundin
4 months ago

fantastic review
sherry @ fundinmental

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

You’re a peach for saying so, Sherry! 🙂

Nadene
4 months ago

I love romance that feature broken characters who finds purpose and experience healing as the story progresses. An Everyday Hero sounds like it would be the perfect story for me.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, a good way of describing them as broken and needing to heal. It was a beautiful story and I do think you’d enjoy it, Nadene.

Carole Rae
4 months ago

“It’s a romance, but it is also the comeback stories for three hurting people.”

I love it when there is more complexity and more story than just love! 😀

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes, there are some good layers in this one and I agree that there is so much more to enjoy than just the romance though that is good, too. 🙂

Mizan Japan
4 months ago

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Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Mizan Japan

Thank you for visiting, Mizan!

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Oh wow! This sounds like such a wonderful read Sophia! I love character-driven stories with a lot of depth. A heartwarming, feel-good romance always puts a smile on my face, and makes my day happier! I can see why this was a five star read for you! Excellent Review 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Oh yes, the feel-good was so strong. Thanks, Lindy!

Anne - Books of My Heart

I finally got this from the library and read it. I really enjoyed it so much. It is on the line between romance and life fiction. Excellent review!

Sophia Rose
5 days ago

Yes, it was stunning in so many ways. I can’t wait to try more of her books. Glad you loved it, too, Anne!