Friday, November 20, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Her Merriweather Hero by Rachel Skatvold

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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My Review

It was so good to visit the islands again.  I have been enjoying the Independence Islands series, and Her Merriweather Hero was a nice addition to the collection.

Dr. Kendall Mulligan and her vet tech sister Carly moved to Merriweather Island for a fresh start.  However, working so closely together was a challenge for them that they had to work through.  Additionally, both sisters still were mourning the loss of their brother, and were working through that loss.  Kendall's desperation for this new business in a new location to succeed could have been fleshed out more, because I didn't feel that intensity as I read.  I did, however, have empathy for Tyler Banner as he worked through PTSD and the tragic loss of his brother-in-law during their service in the Marine Corps.  I appreciated Tyler's devotion to his sister and his family, and his willingness to help Kendall and Carly in many situations.

Neither Kendall nor Tyler were looking for a relationship, so it was sweet to watch them grow closer.  I also appreciated that they were able to encourage each other spiritually.  Those who enjoy contemporary romance and beach reads will certainly want to read this book.  

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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:

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 note taking. 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 "accidentally" 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.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 16
Daysong Reflections, November 16
Texas Book-aholic, November 17
lakesidelivingsite, November 17
Inklings and notions, November 18
21st Century Keeper at Home, November 18
Joanne Markey, November 18
For Him and My Family, November 19
Emily Yager, November 19
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 20
deb’s Book Review, November 20
Locks, Hooks and Books, November 21
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 21
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 21
Artistic Nobody, November 22 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Rebecca Tews, November 22
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 23
The Cafe Scholar, November 23
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 24
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 24
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 24
Aryn The Libraryan 📚, November 25
She Lives To Read, November 25
Simple Harvst Reads, November 26 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Livin’ Lit, November 26
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 27
Rebekah Reads, November 27
Connect in Fiction, November 27
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 28
Life, Love, Writing, November 28
Blossoms and Blessings, November 29
Batya’s Bits, November 29
Godly Book Reviews, November 29


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. 


  1. Great hearing about your book. Thanks for sharing and for this giveaway also.

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely review and the book and author details, this sounds like a wonderful book and series, a must read for me.

  3. Her Merriweather Hero looks very interesting.