About the Book
Book: Her Merriweather Hero
Author: Rachel Skatvold
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2020
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.
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Her Merriweather Hero is the first book that I have read by Rachel Skatvold. While I didn’t completely love this book, I did enjoy it, and in some ways I wish I could have given it more attention that I was able to. However, I will say, if you are looking for a sweet, clean, beach read, this is the book for you!
I enjoyed revisiting Merriweather Island and we get to see more of Mallory Barrows in this installment, which I loved, plus there are mentions of Beth’s food truck too. I like it when books in a series, even if the installments are written by different authors, there are threads to the previous books. I also liked that we got to see the start of another one of the mobile businesses starting up, I’ve really enjoyed reading the origin stories of these businesses, and even the impact they have on various people on the islands.
Character-wise I liked all the characters. Kendall was a great character and I loved how we also get to know some of her quirks, especially those related to her job as a vet. I also liked Tyler, however I did find him slightly annoying in that he isn’t honest with her when he starts having spells of PTSD, instead he makes her think that he is no longer interested in pursuing a relationship with her, and there are other things that he takes his time revealing to her. However, he is a great match for her and he does truly care for her. I also loved how he does his best to take care of his sister and kids after her husband died.
Overall, I really liked this book, however there were a few character flaws that I personally didn’t like, but that could also have been due to the mood I was in when I read Her Merriweather Hero. However, I am very excited to read more installments in the Independence Islands series, and I do hope we get to revisit Kendall and Tyler later down the road. I’m also hoping to check out more of Rachel Skatvold’s books in the future! 3.5/5 Stars.
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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