ROMANCE

An Everyday Hero

Griffin: St. Martin’s. (Heart of a Hero, Bk. 2). Feb. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781250145550. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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After her hopes of a career as a songwriter in Nashville fizzled, 30-year-old Greer Hadley moved home to Madison, TN. Then her boyfriend, Beau, cheated on her. Following a night of drinking and bad decisions, Greer is sentenced to serve 50 hours of community service at an organization assisting veterans and their families coping with trauma. She is assigned to 15-year-old Ally Martinez, whose father was killed in action. Ally is angry, abrasive, and still struggling with her grief. Greer also takes on reclusive war hero and town golden boy Emmett Lawson, who lost a leg in combat and now hides out in a secluded cabin on his parents’ horse farm. Handsome, guilt-ridden Emmett resists efforts to help, even from sexy, fiery-tempered Greer. When a surprise connection between Ally and Emmett is brought to light, readers will delight in the heartfelt way the characters’ lives are woven together.
VERDICT Though part of the “Heart of a Hero” series (following The Military Wife), Trentham’s romance with themes of family, music, and military can stand alone. Recommended for purchase where contemporary romance is popular.

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