I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for An Everyday Hero (#2) by Laura Trentham. I received a free electronic copy from the publisher for early review. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Laura Trentham for letting me be a part of this fun tour!
Title: An Everyday Hero
Author: Laura Trentham
Released: February 4, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: 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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I definitely enjoyed this book. I really liked how it explored military families and veterans issues. I am so thankful for each person who serves in the military. They are what keep America free and strong. They make such a sacrifice, and their families make huge sacrifices. I can't speak to the authenticity of this book, because none of my family members have served, or been deployed, or have experienced PTSD, but I did feel the sacrifice and consequences from this story. I mean, my grandpa did serve in the military, but he never really talks much about it.
I liked how everything was handled. It really made me feel some of the weight of it. War sticks with a person forever, and even when our soldiers come home, they always leave a piece of themselves there.
I liked following the journey of our characters: Greer, Ally, and Emmett. I liked finding out their stories and trying to find a way back from their heartbreaks.
I did not read the first book in the series before reading An Everyday Hero, but I was never lost or out-of-sorts.
An Everyday Hero was just a sweet story and I really enjoyed the opportunity to give it a read. I'd definitely recommend it.