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 up in flames. A series of bad decisions and even worse luck lands her community service hours at a nonprofit organization that aids veterans and their families. Greer cannot fathom how she’s supposed to help anyone deal with their trauma and loss when everything that brought her joy has failed her.
Then Greer meets fifteen-year-old Ally Martinez, a gifted girl who lost her father in action and now hides her pain behind a mask of sarcasm. But Greer sees something undeniable that she can’t walk away from. To make matters more complicated, Greer finds herself spending more and more time with Emmett Lawson—a man with both physical and emotional scars of his own. 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.
Trentham (The Military Wife) nails the pride and pain of military families with this expertly rendered, deeply felt contemporary romance. Greer Hadley gives up her Nashville music dreams and returns to her tiny hometown of Madison, Tenn., only to find her long-distance boyfriend in bed with someone else. She responds by getting drunk and trashing a local bar. After getting arrested, Greer must complete 50 hours of community service as a music teacher at a local charity dedicated to aiding veterans and their families. One of Greer's first students happens to be her high school crush, Emmett Lawson, an Army captain who lost his leg to war. Undeterred by Emmett's initial prickly manner, Greer pushes for him to open up, and soon animosity turns to attraction between them. Trentham's agility with tough topics including PTSD and substance abuse and her effortlessly empathetic characters combine to create a compulsively readable tale. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this story will grip readers from start to finish.
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Emmett has battle wounds. Greer has career battles. When they are thrown together they start to heal each other and face life again. As they heal they learn that helping others actually helps them to heal even more them selfs. Great story and well written with strong characters.
Small Town Feel Good Military Romance
This was a very sweet romance that dealt with some very serious issues. I don't often read military themed novels, but I really enjoyed the hopeful message of An Everyday Hero. Laura Trentham's writing was wonderful and I found myself highlighting passages throughout the book. I appreciated that both main characters, Greer and Emmett, were bruised but not broken. They each had their own demons to battle, but they supported and pushed each other to be better and move forward. I felt like the author presented Emmett and Greer's individual concerns and fears realistically, and I loved how she addressed each one. The topics of death, addiction, loss of a parent, anxiety, and the aftermath of war/service were delicately and honestly discussed and I did not see the twist coming. The ending wrapped up a little too perfectly, and it's possible I may have gotten a cavity from how sweet it is. Readers should note that this is a clean, Hallmark style romance, with fade to black scenes. Overall, I enjoyed this small town feel good romance.
*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
Absolute must read!
As a military veteran myself and married to a combat military veteran. I am always cautious when invited to read military romances. But this story has completely floored me in the best way.
This story of Emmett and Greer is nothing short of inspirational and sweet! And with a twist that you don't see coming, but makes the story even more heartwarming.
Greer is marching to the beat of her own drum. She feels that the music industry machine has chewed her up and spit her out. She has lost her mojo when it comes to music and when she made to "face the music" again, well magic happens.
Emmett is truly an everyday hero. He is a combat veteran that has experience tragedy and loss on an epic scale. When he is at his lowest and darkest. Greer brings a bit of light and laughter into his world.
The secondary characters are phenomenal and bring so much more to the story.
To see the journey that both Greer and Emmett go through in this story is truly inspirational! I want to thank Ms. Trentham for making a believable, moving love story with heart!