Friday, January 30, 2015

Kyland (A Sign of Love) by Mia Sheridan: ARC Review


Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk.

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They're both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. 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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About the Author:

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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Review by Yvette:

In a genre populated with familiar categories such as billionaire, rock star, and bad boy romances, etc., it’s not often that I come across a book that is unlike any other. After finishing the latest installment in the Sign of Love series by Mia Sheridan and trying to organize my thoughts, I have come to the conclusion that Kyland is one such book. Inspired by the myth of Taurus with the backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains, Kyland is a story about two protagonists finding hope in a bleak situation and struggling to survive against formidable odds. Kyland isn't a book you pick up to waste away a few mindless hours; it's a book that will make you THINK each thought, makes you FEEL each emotion along with the characters, as if you were experiencing them firsthand. With Kyland, Mia Sheridan has proved yet again that her writing has a direct line to both my tear ducts and the muscles responsible for making my insides twist into knots.

Kyland is very much a character-driven narrative, following the everyday lives of protagonists, Kyland Barrett and Tenleigh Falyn – lives that are defined by poverty and hardship and the never-ending struggle to survive. I couldn't help but admire that both Kyland and Tenleigh make the most of the hand fate has dealt them because, as unenviable as their circumstances may be, they both clutched tight to the hope for a better future. The depth of the connection that Kyland and Tenleigh form over their shared desire to leave the godforsaken town they call home becomes this all-consuming force, drawing me further and further inside of the intimate bubble they form around themselves. I was consummately swept up in couple’s breathtakingly beautiful romance, the intensity of which revealed a maturity beyond their years. I have never been more grateful for dual perspectives because, getting both Kyland and Tenleigh’s viewpoints allowed me to become fully immersed in the minds of both characters, which was truly an unforgettable experience.

There's a line Tenleigh says that perfectly sums up my feelings about Kyland: "...I didn't know my heart could be filled with awe and grief, joy and sorrow, all at the exact same time." The narrative evoked a number of emotions in a short period of time, with different ones competing for prominence at any given moment. It felt as though my mind was being torn in a dozen directions and the powerful effect of the words on the pages was almost too much to bare at times. From one chapter to the next, Mia Sheridan has an incredible ability to make you feel as though your heart is breaking into a million tiny pieces, before setting out to not only repair it, but fill it to bursting with happiness. Kyland led me through a roller coaster of emotions, but I wouldn't hesitate to journey through the heartache and turmoil once again as long as it led to the feelings of peace and contentment that comes with reading the book's final pages.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 6 Stars

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