An Everyday Hero (Heart of a Hero #2) by Laura Trentham
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.
Series: Heart of a Hero #2
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Greer and Emmett are lost souls, needing help to save themselves in An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham, book 2 in her Heart of a Hero series. This was a wonderful and emotional story rich in family, relationships, heartbreak, second chances at living and taking risks.
Messing up her life and dreams as a songwriter in Nashville, Greer Hadley finds herself back home. Making a series of bad decisions only makes things worse and lands Greer having to do community service at a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their families. Greer is lost as to how she’s supposed to use music to help others deal with their trauma and loss when it failed her.
Greer firsts meets Ally Martinez, a fifteen-year-old who recently lost her dad while he was deployed. She is new to town and hides behinds a mask of bitterness and sarcasm. Greer sees past her attitude, recognizing parts of herself in Ally.
Next, Greer is assigned to help a veteran, Emmett Lawson, the town’s golden boy, who followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Greer is shocked when she meets up with Emmett; as he believes he doesn’t deserve anyone’s help. Achieving a breakthrough with Ally reminds Greer that no one is worth giving up on. Showing up with his old guitar, Emmett loses it, showing Greer his anger and stubbornness. Yet Greer is persistent, not giving up on Emmett, forcing him to move outside his comfort zone.
When Ally ends up in an awful situation, Greer needs Emmett’s help in order to save her. Somehow, along the way, Greer and Emmett find ways to also save themselves.
Ms. Trentham wrote an amazing and emotional story that is definitely not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters who grow throughout this story, saving Greer and Emmett as they find themselves, as well as happiness, love and a future together. I highly recommend An Everyday Hero to other readers.
Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.