Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “An Everyday Hero” by Laura Trentham, St. Martins Griffin, February 4, 2020
Laura Trentham, Author of “An Everyday Hero” has written an emotional, thought-provoking and entertaining novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction and Romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as complicated and complex. The themes that are in this story are second chances, searching for self-worth and forgiving oneself and others.
Greer Hadley, who is 30 finds herself back home in Madison, Tennessee. Greer has lost confidence in her ability to write songs, and play the guitar. After a destructive and drunken night, Greer is sentenced to hours of community service that helps veterans and their families. She is supposed to be using her musical skills to get the participants of the program to open up, talk and feel better about themselves.
The people that are assigned to Greer are very difficult and uncooperative. Greer does have a certain wit and toughness when she encounters unusual situations. Ally is a 15-year-old who has lost her father and is hiding secrets. Emmett Lawson has quite the attitude since he has come home after he was injured. He has No Trespassing Signs, and he doesn’t believe in himself.
I love that the author brings animals into the story, and some of the scenes are so beautifully written. Animals always add a positive dimension to the story.
I appreciate that the author describes the difficulty for the men and women that serve our country, and how it affects their families and outlook on life. The author also mentions the importance of living and making an effort to do your best. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel.