Title of Book: Her Hometown Hero (Harlequin Heartwarming)
Author: Jacquelin Thomas
Year: January 2022
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Brief Summary of the book: Trey Rothchild has returned to his hometown in Polk Island. Everyone is excited to see him after coming home from the war in Iraq. To the entire town of Polk Island, Trey is labeled a hero based on his actions in war. But to Trey, he is seen as an absolute failure. Though he has survived the war on the outside, he lives in constant regret of being alive while his comrades in the war have died. Memories of the war and the deaths of the other soldiers causes him to start drinking to banish away the hurt and pain of being a war veteran. Despite his family trying their best to be there for him, Trey continues his drinking habit until his family finally convinces him to seek some sort of help. To make matters worse, Trey has sustained injuries causing him to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
In walks Gia Harris, a longtime childhood friend who has a crush on Trey since high school. Gia tries her best to get through to Trey by encouraging him to get help to rebuild the life he lost due to him being in a wheelchair. After fighting the urge to do it alone, Trey finally gives in. For a while, Gia becomes a part of Trey’s world and starts to have hope when it comes to his future….until both his military past and the drama Gia went through when it came to a certain client in her past….collide. In order for these two to be together, they will have to learn how to get over the past and to let their love for each other grow.
My take on this book: This was a very clean romance that I enjoyed. This was the first time I had ever read a Harlequin Heartwarming novel and I must say I really enjoyed it. I liked the closeness of how the families were between Trey and his family and how welcoming they were when it came to Gia helping Trey out of his dilemma on his issues. There were a couple of times where I wanted to shout at Trey to get himself together towards the end of the novel (When he started accusing Gia of her relationship with a client who had threatened her entire career), but I see that as a good thing because it gave me a reason to care about the characters.
My overall rating for this book: I give this book five stars. I didn’t want the book to end.
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