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An Everyday Hero

(Heart of a Hero #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  537 ratings  ·  382 reviews

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

Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham

Heartbreaking, heartwarming and so emotionally lovely.
This author does romance right. Imperfections and issues are just stepping stones to finding the perfect connections that can bloom into love.
Lots of tears for me. Some sad but mostly emotionally healing. A clean romance.
A truly phenomenal read.

Greer left Nashville, broke and discouraged. Her belief in her singing career has been crushed. Volunteering at the local music center is the last thing she wants to
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Favorite Quotes:

The impulse to punch Wayne in the face simmered below the surface like a volcano no longer at rest… Dressed in his tan uniform, Wayne adjusted his heavy gun belt so often she imagined he got off every night by rubbing his gun. Giving him a badge had only empowered the part of him desperate for respect and approval. His nickname in high school, “the Weasel,” had been well earned.

Her dream of hearing one of her songs on the radio had died. Not in a blaze of glory but from a slow, t
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With having read The Military Wife and absolutely loved... naturally I had to read the second in the series. Mind you they can definitely both be standalone novels.

An Everyday Hero is a touching tale that reminds us of the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of war on those that are/haved served in the military as well as their families. This novel is really close to my heart because my husband recently joined the Navy and was deployed early this year. I have an ultimate understanding
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awesome story! I luv how much they grew through their love.
I can’t believe I’ve never read a story by this author before. When I read the synopsis there was no question about excepting this review. And I’m so glad I did.

I immediately connected with Emmett. I have intimate knowledge of a lot of what he was going through from personal knowledge and I was impressed by the authors detail of his anger, frustration, and pain.

I also really enjoyed Greer. She was unique and chose to enjoy
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars ⭐️
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt, uplifting, and sweetly romantic!

An Everyday Hero is a compelling, touching tale that reminds us of the enduring emotional, physical, and psychological effects of war on those in the military and their families and highlights the incredible healing power that friendship, trust, love, and music can have.

The prose is clear and fluid. The characters are wounded, stubborn, and empathetic. And the story is a beautiful tale about life, loss, grief, family, ambition, forgiveness, introspectio
I was SO not expecting to like this book, An Everyday Hero. Like the main character, I’ve had enough of endless, mindless wars. I’m a Colonel’s wife and an Air Force brat and I have been faced with its horrors for far too long. I assumed that this book would be another sappy, propagandist piece of tripe. Let me assure you and loudly admit – I was WRONG!

From award-winning author Laura Trentham comes an emotionally layered novel about redemption, second chances and discovering that life is worth
Bookphenomena (Micky)
There was nothing average about this second instalment in Laura Trentham’s A Heart of a Hero series. Book one knocked my socks off and book two solidified my commitment and affection for this series. This is a multi-dimensional read that is small town but big impression.

I was expecting to see a link to the previous book but this is not an interconnected standalone, it is a true standalone, connected in the series by the theme of military heroes. For a quick moment, I was disappointed about this,
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**An Everyday Hero generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "Maybe I will." Stars

This was my first Laura Trentham women's fiction novel and will not be my last. Intrigued by the blurb I went into this book completely blind and came away from reading it with a lighter heart. The timing of me reading this novel full of despair turned into hope and survival could not have come at a better time for me. There was familiar about the themes of the story th
Laura Trentham is my "go to" author when I need a well written, easy to read book to give me a break from the troublesome news of the world.

Laura Trentham's latest book, AN EVERYDAY HERO, has a beautiful cover with three empty adirondack chairs facing a body of water where an attractive lady appears to be wading towards the grove of trees on the opposite shore.
Greer Hadley is in "deep water". She is thirty-years-old, failed to ''make it big" in Nashville, is broke and back home living with her
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy of this novel on October 5, 2019, from Netgalley, Laura Trentham, and St. Martin's Press - Griffin. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read An Everyday Hero of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest personal opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend An Everyday Hero to friends and family.

Laura Trentham brings us a novel with fully rounded protagonists facing relevant, modern problems and handling them with grace and conv
Anne OK
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Have had this wonderful book for awhile and have been anxious to get into it. Life (or a stack of TBRs) somehow got in the way. Finally, I sat down and read it from start to finish in one swoop. My review will be short and sweet and to the point -- too many others to get read.

A lovely story with such likable characters. This is my second book by Laura Trentham (The Military Wife) and this was my favorite. Her writing reminds me a lot of Katherine Center's. Nice flow, well-paced and beautiful la
book bruin
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 auth ...more
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.

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
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is a very heartwarming story with lives that intersect each other from various points. There are some hardships, heartbreak, learning to live again, learning to trust yourself, and love.

I enjoyed this book more than I ever expected. I love music and always appreciate what it must take for songs to be written, melodies composed to accompany those lyrics, and the anguish composers sometimes feel watching their words transform into works of art.

Emmett is dealing with demons from the attack tha
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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Unable to make it as a musician in Nashville and shocked to discover her boyfriend is cheating on her, Greer is arrested after a night of poor choices. To atone for her sins, the judge orders her to complete community service at Music Tree Foundation, an organization that uses music to relieve anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD. There, she finds not only a new purpose in life while working with Ally, a troubled teen, and Emmett, a troubled veteran (who feels guilty for surviving while others in hi ...more
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Greer is coming home after years of trying to break into country music and nothing to show for it. To make matters worse, she’s assigned volunteer work for a bit of a whoopsy after catching her boyfriend in flagrante. She’s not thrilled, but wants her punishment over and done with so she can continue stewing in misery. Her sarcastic outlook and daydream mentality made her easy to like, even when she was struggling with the concept of, well, seriously “adulting”, but her journey to maturity was r ...more
Margaret Watkins
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Put together a reclusive wounded veteran, an angry rebellious teenager, and a failed musician and what would have been a recipe for disaster becomes the long road back to healing and restoration. Greer's moment of inebriated rage lands her in a community service program where her unconventional approach to reaching her clients earns her their respect and that of her mentor. Ally's anger stems from the death of her father and the inability of her mother to handle their terrible loss. Emmett has l ...more
4.5 stars

An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham is a beautifully written and heartfelt read.
I enjoyed the storyline, it held my interest from start to end and I loved watching all the relationships unfold.

Overall, An Everyday Hero is a heartwarming read that touched my heart and an excellent addition to the Heart of a Hero series.

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*An ARC was provided in exchange for my honest thoughts.*
Amy Bruestle
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book that I have read from this author. The first book I read by her was called ‘A Highlander Walks Into a Bar’ and it was a whole different story and series than this one. thoughts?! Well, I was pleasantly surprised! I am typically not really into these types of books, but I did enjoy the story in this one. It’s like there is just enough action, suspense, and drama to keep it from becoming a snooze f
Bree Hill
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the few 2020 reads that emotionally impacted me! I know will stick with me for a while. Amazingly well written romance Between Greer and Emmett while also being so much more than the romance but not being overshadowed by bigger pictures and deeper meanings. Not succumbing to circumstances. Finding your purpose. Rising above. I loved it!
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. I loved how realistic the characters and their journeys were. I loved that it wasn't just about a war veteran who need d to heal, but about those left behind and how they were affected. I loved that the heroine wasn't some sweet, innocent savior but a real woman full of faults and her own journey. Her tough plain speak was exactly what was needed too. I really enjoyed the first book (which was in no way connected) but this second one grabbed me completely and ...more
Cyndi Becker
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I didn't know I needed. The story is wonderful and the characters very much in need of the fresh start that their involvement with each other brings about. Greer and Emmett are so great together and I loved witnessing their connection, how much they developed as individuals and together! I finished this book, within 24 hours of starting it, and with a big dopey grin on my face and I couldn't recommend it more.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An Everyday Hero was my first book by this author, and I was so pleasantly surprised. I mean, I loved the blurb, so I was excited to take the chance. But there's always a little spark of surprise when beneath that enticing blurb lies a story full of heart.

There is definitely a Hallmark-y vibe to this story. It's sweet and somewhat predictable. But it's also smartly written and told in a way that felt relatable and engaging and sometimes downright charming. It moved a little slowly for me someti
An Everyday Hero is quite simply a gift. Ms. Trentham has such an effortless flow of words at her command that you don't realize the story is almost over until you turn the last page. One of the main characters, Greer, has recently moved back home with her parents after she lost her dreams in Nashville and her boyfriend when she found him with another woman. She is serving community service as punishment for the behavior she decided to let rule her at Becky's Bar that night. Over the course of h ...more
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3.5 stars.

This is a sweet story about people who see how their dreams and future fall apart but with the help of their loved ones keep going on and find new dreams.
The idea behind the story couldn´t be more beautiful: someone gives you a second chance to begin anew and you, in return, do the same for another person. If the chain continues, imagine all the good things that could happens.

The story is full of people who, one way or the other, are at
Becky Claxon
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so blessed to be able to read Ms. Trentham’s books and write a review. She has such a gift for writing that her books are not just enjoyable, but they make me think and look more at myself to be a better person. Greer and Emmett are two lost souls who end back in the small suburb of Nashville called Madison. Greer has always loved to write songs, sing and play her guitar. She knew she would go to Nashville and make it big, until one night she froze on stage at the Bluebird Cafe. Now she is ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First-reads with no expectations.

What a wonderful story this was. Emmett Lawson has returned from Afghanistan minus a leg and full of survivors’ guilt. Anyone will tell you he is a mess. He has chosen to live his life in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere. He even has a locked gate to his cabin so no one can get to him. He just wants to be alone.

Greer Hadley had a dream. She wanted to become a star and so she moved to Nashville. Things didn't quite
Greer Hadley isn't winning at life. After leaving her small town to make it big in Nashville she's returned a decade later, having blown her last big chance, only to find her boring boyfriend in bed with another woman. Then to top it off she has one too many tequilas to drown her sorrows and ends up being sentenced to community service at a music therapy centre for veterans and their families.

Greer gets two of the most difficult cases: Ally Martinez, a teenager whose father has died and has turn
I was invited to view this ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it
4.5 stars.
“An Everyday Hero”, by Laura Trentham (St. Martin’s Griffin), is a well-written and engaging story, with interesting and well-defined characters and a great setting. The romance is a slow-burn, the characters wonderfully fleshed out, the dialogue lively and fun and the storyline absorbing, flowing smoothly.
The familiarity, easiness between the leads, the way they spend time just hanging out and being together i
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