Release Reviews: Preston's Honor: Mia Sheridan

Preston's Honor
Mia Sheridan

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Release Date February 19, 2017 

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. 

Mia Sheridan completely broke me, then put me back together. She does this to me every single  time. It makes me both afraid and extremely excited to open one of her books. She pulls me into these stories and these towns and makes me feel like I am right there living with these characters...this time on a farm and small town in California.  I feel what they feel and these people seem so real. They're flawed, complex, and strong even when they don't realize it. They make mistakes and bad choices with serious repercussions. This one was full of so much tension, miscommunication, and pain. But it also featured a heartfelt and beautiful love that built over time, had to sustain tragedy and grief, was damaged, and then had to find a way to come back to life again.

Annalia Del Valle came from poor beginnings as the the daughter of a  Mexican immigrant woman who worked on the Sawyer farm for a time. At a young age, Annalia met two boys would would changer her life--twin brothers, Preston and Cole Sawyer. They became her best friends. And as they matured, so did their feelings and needs. Cole was the funny, outgoing twin that everyone loved. Preston was the serious, fiercely protective, and honorable one. Annalia was reserved, secretive, and sweet, but felt unworthy and unwanted. She never wanted to a burden or hurt anyone, but always felt like the unloved, dirty, cast-off. They both loved her in their own way, and she felt for both of them. But only one truly held her heart and attraction. But they were good about holding their secrets close.

Their story was not an easy one due to rivalry, jealousy, miscommunication, fear, and guilt. Preston was such a man of honor that he was willing to sacrifice his own heart at times. He could internalize so much, and also felt like he would never hold her heart even if there was attraction. And he felt guilt and shame over the lack of control over his own feelings and actions. Cole was the easy-going and assertive one, so he was easy to care for without complications. And sometimes Preston felt like he lived in the shadow of his brother. They often confused and tied Annalia up in knots. She learned young to live within her expected parameters and not to hope for more than she deserved. Their fear and insecurities, along with their failure to be truly honest, made their relationships even more complicated. There was such a push and pull. They would struggle or resist, then start to give in, and then doubts would set in. And eventually several situations occur  that will change their lives forever.

This story begins in the present with a heartbreaking story in dual points of view and then takes us back through their childhood and teen years in flashbacks, until it finally returns us to the point that first drew us in, and then finishes their story. I was completely captivated and emotionally invested. I was tense, frustrated, angry, and my heart just hurt. They were multi-faceted, likable characters that showed growth throughout. They endured so much and always seemed to be just a step behind in finding their chance at happiness. Their hearts were so invested, but they managed to hide what they truly felt and made so many mistakes. 

The story was unique, flawlessly written, emotional, and powerful. It weaved so many layers into it, creating this love story that was also so much more. This was a journey of self discovery and empowerment for the main two characters that were used to waiting around in the background, and were afraid to say what they wanted or fight for it. Annalia especially had such self worth issues and it was hard to believe in her own capabilities and ask for more. It had social implications about the have and have-nots, and discrimination. It was educational regarding the plight of migrant workers, the poor, and the challenges of farming. It dealt with various family dynamics and the effect on the children. And also the need for acceptance and a sense of community. And it even touched on the stages of grief and mental health issues.

But at its core it really was a poignant, tumultuous, riveting friends-to-lovers and second chance love story. I was a freakin' mess over this one! I could not put it down, and was up way too late. And I got to a certain point that gave me literal goosebumps and chills. And when I did finally try to go to sleep that night, well really early that morning, it was all I could think about.

And even though Annalia's return brings back a host of negative feelings, it also brings a slim possibility of hope. If they want a chance, they will have rebuild trust, be honest, be vulnerable, communicate, take a stand and fight for what they really want. But they would also have to face their pasts and deal with the pain, anger, grief, mistrust, loss, and fear that has come between them. 

Is forgiveness for their mistakes truly possible? With so much history and pain still affecting them, can they really find a way to begin again? They truly have so much at stake.

Much of their story focused on their feelings of love that they thought were unrequited, disappointment, regret, pain, and broken dreams. There were times of despair, grief, loss, and heartbreak where they couldn't find themselves much less reach out and hold onto the other. Their coping skills often just made the problems worse and confused the issues more. They lost so much time due to doubt, poor communication, misunderstandings, and hopelessness. But there were also periods of uncontrolled passion, small joys, sweetness, and humor to balance it out. 

I am still in a total book hangover and emotionally spent over what this author and what these characters put me through. But that is what makes a truly exceptional book. So Mia Sheridan did not disappoint me, and these characters will live in my heart as some of my favorites. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Once again, Mia has crafted a world that pulls readers in, breaks them down, and puts them back together. I’ve come to expect the emotions her stories pull out of me, but am still surprised by the feelings her words create.

Annalia Del Valle grew up following the Sawyer brothers around their farm, trailing after them through the woods, one twin was her best friend, and one she fell in love with. But as the daughter of a migrant farmworker, she kept to herself, always an outsider except when she was only with the brothers.

Preston loved Annalia, but his sense of honor had him standing back rather than stepping forward until one night that would set off a chain of events that would hurt them all.

From the moment we meet Annalia and Preston in the prologue, I couldn’t help but be curious about the events that sent Annalia running and what Preston had faced by staying in their small town. The pain their shared, each in their own way was palpable from very early on.

As both characters are naturally quiet, they don’t always communicate out loud the reasons behind their actions, and those actions often have lasting consequences. Neither character is perfect. They both hold their own notions of what the other is thinking without really knowing. But it is the flaws they each have that makes them so relatable, so easy to sympathize with.

As the story progresses through flashbacks and then meets up with the scene set in the prologue, I couldn’t stop reading without knowing what resolution these two were going to find, because the lead up is heartbreaking and I needed to find some peace. And as the story continued further, there was even more at stake than just two hearts. 

This was an emotional second chance, friends to lovers combo. As Annalia and Preston navigated the pain they had created, they also had to face some pretty hard truths about the situations they had had a hand in creating, learning more about themselves in the process than they realized they could. While this story wrecked me in the process, by the end I felt the peace I had been looking for, the peace *they* had been looking for, and I find myself stuck thinking about this family and their next steps.  

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 A Sign of Love Series can be read as stand-alones  and the stories are not related. But we recommend each and every one as exceptional reads.

The exceptions are Leo and Leo's Chance (male alternative POV) and 
Becoming Calder (part one) and Finding Eden (part two).

Leo's Chance (male POV of Leo):

Goodreads /Amazon
Archer's Voice:

Becoming Calder
(part one)

Finding Eden
(part two)

Midnight Lily
Mia Sheridan 

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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