Mia Sheridan is a such an amazing author and storyteller in her own right, and MOST OF ALL YOU is definitely a Top Read for 2017!
A broken woman . . .
Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.
A man in need of help . . .
Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.
Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .
Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.
Do you have a particular author whom you are always so excited to read their next release but are bit hesitant going in? You know their story will be incredible, because they have blown you away every single time. However, they also can wreck you a bit emotionally and leave you lost in the feels for days, wrapped in sorrow for their characters’ struggles and triumphs. There is no other author that can touch me as deeply as Mia Sheridan does with her writing, and she certainly did with this romance. Most of All You is a beautiful and deeply emotional story of hope and love. It is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, and an inspiring journey of finding acceptance, healing, and embracing the beauty in life and the love that you deserve.
Although in different ways, Crystal and Gabriel had both been completely broken by life. Crystal had continuously been let down by everything until she finally shut down emotionally, feeling like this was the life that she deserved. Pretty much, she was numb and just going through the motions and trying to get through each day. Gabriel was a victim of circumstance, and he had survived a truly terrifying and horrific situation as a child. Somehow, during his darkest time, he had found a glimmer of hope, the tiny ray of light which helped him get through it. From that, he not only gained a strength in knowing what could be overcome, but also an appreciation for every moment and everything in life.
Every step of the way, both Crystal and Gabriel’s characters pulled me in, and although they broke my heart, they also inspired me as well. Gabriel’s story was so awful but so uplifting. It was incredible to see his character accept his past, embrace it for what it was, and find a peace with it. He didn’t let it ruin his life, but instead, he let it be a stimulus to move forward and live his life to the fullest.
I loved watching Crystal’s character transform throughout the story with Gabriel’s nudges of encouragement and unconditional love that he offered her. He was a simple, kind, and loving man with such a gentle nature about him. I was pretty amazed at Gabriel’s patience and loyalty with Crystal, but he understood her and knew that ultimately, she would have to find her way out of the dark on her own. My heart was completely filled with anticipation that she would, because the beauty of their relationship was the healing and strength that they found in being together.
The story was told from both Crystal and Gabriel’s points of view, and the descriptions of their passion and pain really got me down deep. However, I loved that there were also comforting elements for the characters (and readers) as the story evolved as well. The symbolism of hope and support that Gabriel had with his little statues was so creative and sweet. In a similar way, that’s what Gabriel was to Crystal as well by being there for her and showing her there was so much beauty everywhere. One of the many things that I love about Mia Sheridan’s writing is that she always offers a silver lining of sorts that no matter how far you hit or scramble at rock bottom, there is always more. Although the first part of the story was a little dark and completely heartbreaking, it blossomed into such an incredible love story!
Most of All You stirred so many feelings in me and really made me think. There is a powerful message in this beautiful story, that like any book by Mia Sheridan, you just have to experience. The cover was gorgeous, and I truly loved everything within it. The only unfortunate part for me was that I started reading it late at night, and when I was overridden with guilt for still being up at 2:00 AM, I just had to stop. It was at about 84% of the book, and I woke up in tears. So, I wouldn’t recommend doing that, but if you do, you might want to be prepared with some Kleenex!
Mia Sheridan is a such an amazing author and storyteller in her own right. I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few good books this year, and those cannot compare at all. This is definitely a Top Read for 2017 for me!
There is also a lovely ‘A Letter to the Reader of Most of All You’ blog post that Mia Sheridan wrote regarding her inspiration and Gabriel’s character in the story. You can read it here: http://miasheridan.com/?p=4117.
*** 5 Stars for Me! ***
*** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review ***
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Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.
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