Her Merriweather Hero is the latest volume in the Merriweather Island series. Kendall and her sister have moved to Merriweather Island in order to set up a much needed traveling veterinary clinic. The sisters have their hands full repairing their new home that was purchased sight unseen abd provided them with a few surprises.Getting their RV ready to serve as their clinic adds even more work to their full schedule. Neighbor Tyler Banner is recovering from serious injuries suffered in Iraq. He spends most of his time doing what he can to stay busy. He is not comfortable with the hand life has dealt him and his one ambition is to recover enough to be allowed to go back into active service.
Most readers will quickly guess that Tyler and Kendall will probably end up as a couple. What they will not know is how the pair will reach that point following their initial meeting on the beach. The steady plot, vivid setting, and strong characterizations worked together to make Her Merriweather Hero a joy to read. PTSD is a prominent aspect of the story but I did feel that Tyler’s loss of a leg was somewhat ignored for the most part. For such a recent injury, it seemed that he was already functioning much more normally than I would have expected. Even so with its excellent blend of family relationships, friendship, and faith, this book is definitely worthwhile reading.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Book: Her Merriweather Hero
Author: Rachel Skatvold
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2020
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He just wanted a place to rest and recuperate.
She only needed a repairman to help fix up her beach house.
For marine sergeant, Tyler Banner, nothing could be further from the memories of his time in Iraq than the slow, easy pace on Merriweather Island. Taking up a job as a physical trainer serves to keep him in shape while he enjoys a little downtime. Making friends with the local vet—veterinarian, that is—on his morning jog is just a bonus.
When Kendall’s sister tricked her into recruiting Tyler’s help one day, she didn’t fortify herself against a breach to her heart. Making friends with the marine was easy, but helping him overcome the PTSD that holds him captive isn’t. As she picks her way across a minefield of memories and horrors Tyler endured, Kendall begins to hope he could be the man she’s prayed for.
Falling in love wasn’t in Tyler’s orders, but a new deployment to Iraq is. How can he convince Kendall not to go AWOL when she hears? What can he do to convince her that they’ll make it… together?
This “Merriweather book” is the fourth in a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming, Brides of Pelican Rapids and Independence Island Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.
MORE FROM RACHEL:
Her Merriweather Hero has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding stories I have written. Often when I am starting a new book, I immerse myself in the world-building process, which involves a lot of research and notetaking. This time around, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Celebrate Lit and the authors in the Independence Islands Series to map out these beautiful island stories. It has been an exciting journey so far.
This story was inspired by my parents who met through letters while my dad was in the Marine Corps. They both came from different backgrounds, with my mom being from Massachusetts and my dad from a small town in Iowa, but their differences didn’t stop them from falling in love. For Her Merriweather Hero, I used themes of opposites attracting, New England, and the Marine Corps from my parent’s love story.
Kendall is a young veterinarian who moves to the Independence Islands with her sister to start a new mobile clinic. There, she meets Sergeant Tyler Banner who is on medical leave after a tour overseas. She tries to avoid Tyler at first, determined to concentrate on making her business a success, but over time she can’t ignore the handsome military guy who keeps ‘accidently’ crossing her path. It doesn’t help he lives a few doors down from her fixer-upper beach house. Can she continue to try to ignore him or is it true that opposites attract?
This romantic island tale is also inspired by the verses from Hebrews 6:18-19 which describe God as our anchor. The characters feel tossed around by waves of difficulties at certain parts of the story, but He is always the anchor who keeps them secured.
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