Sunday, 19 February 2017

LIVE!!! ~ Release Day Review ~ Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan

Book Description:

There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY GEMINI. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Maybe we need to start again as if it’s the beginning…”

Be still my beating heart…Mia Sheridan never fails to deliver a romance that is honest, from the heart and always speaks to my soul. As ever the writing was flawless, emotive and utterly captivating and this was another one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. Mia Sheridan transports you into the world that Preston and Lia find themselves in, you can smell the earth, feel the rain and imagine yourself firmly planted in this little town. The scene setting was on point, the emotional character connection was nailed and Mia Sheridan delivered a plot that is not only extremely relevant today, but also gives so much insight into the struggles and misconceptions that are inherently real.

“Make a fuss.”

Preston’s Honor shows a different side to the talents of Mia Sheridan and it is her innate ability to deliver a soul crushing yet uplifting romance all the while delivering a social and economic message that really made this book stand out. This book pulls at every single heart string, we all make mistakes and our heroine in this one made a huge one. Lia had her reasons and while this is not clear from the start, the way that Mia Sheridan slowly drip feeds their past, only has you on the edge throughout as you wonder and draw your own conclusions as to what really happened.

“Part of my love for Preston was like a slow-moving river that had gained breadth and speed over time. And another part came in short bursts of white-hot lightning, marking the very moments when the love in my heart had charged and intensified. And I knew this would be one of those flashes, one of those moments burned into my memory, and even possibly, the last one I’d ever get.”

Preston was the salt of the earth with a heart the size of Texas. When he loved, he loved hard and with everything he had. Preston had the farm in his blood along with that of his twin. These two were chalk and cheese, total opposites, yet identical on the outside, but that is where the similarity ends. Preston carries the morals of his father where his moral compass is firmly set and honoured, he is a man of his word and his word is his bond. Preston’s heart and emotions are kept firmly to himself, he keeps his feelings inside and yet the more we learned about him, I just wanted him to have that courage to speak up, for once ask for something that he desperately wanted, because not everybody has the same scruples.

“I used to think that the two of you were such opposites. Cole never took anything seriously enough and you took things too seriously. He didn’t have enough honor, and you would kill yourself to keep your word.”

Annalia (Lia) had a heartbreaking past, this girl had me in tears so many times, but her past is her inner strength, her past is what makes her the woman she is today and while she made a horrendous mistake, she came back stronger, wiser and with a fierceness that takes everyone by surprise, yet her vulnerabilities were ever present, keeping it real. Lia wears her heart on her sleeve, her love for those around her is evident and her compassion holds no bounds despite never being on the receiving end. Lia’s past could have made her bitter and yet it forged a woman that loved completely and forgave just as readily.

“I vowed to prove to her that her secrets – the tender places inside her – were safe with me. And I promised myself I’d trust her with my tender places, too.”

This is a book about forgiveness, about making mistakes and owning up to them and then working your hardest to right your wrongs. Both of these characters were naïve and inexperienced, their love for one and other born when hormones were rife and feelings were discarded as puppy love and infatuation, but what these two shared was a soul mate connection that no matter how hard they tried to ignore, just burned stronger and stronger. This is not only a second chance romance, but is a friends to lovers story too and it is this that really cements their connection, makes it all the more believable and because that friendship was so inherently special for both of them, the reality was all the more precious.

“He’s the beauty that came from the ashes.”

This is a book that will drag you through the gamut of emotions and as you flit from past to present and discover the harsh reality of Lia’s past you cannot help but be moved to tears. Lia’s one shining light in her past was her friendship with Preston and Cole and it was the fact that the Sawyer boys were so protective over her that will have you swooning in the darkest moments. I could wax lyrical, but I don’t want to give too much away so I will leave this as a “you must read this book.” This is truly Mia Sheridan at her best and while Archer still remains at the top of my Mia Sheridan pile, Preston is a very close second.

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