Thursday, October 19, 2017

Release Blitz: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan


"Heartbreaking...inspiring, uplifting and raw..." ― RT Book Reviews, A 5-star Gold Pick

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.

4 Stars
Review by Jen Hagen

I read anything by Mia Sheridan.  I don’t even bother to look at blurbs anymore because I know that whatever she puts out, I will read.  Ms. Sheridan has a way of pulling you into her stories as if you are a wayward stranger observing from the quiet places of the character’s lives.

Ellie has grown up hardened by the luck-of-the-draw her life has given her.  She was once loved unconditionally but now she is forced to question why life has brought her to the lowest point in her life.  Ellie is beautiful and smart, and has an automatic pull to her natural inward beauty, but she has not been able to get ahead in life.  But this is the only life she knows, and she is determined that she will live her life that way she always has…by putting one foot forward and going out every day to make it on her own.

Gabriel has also been a victim of unfortunate events, and because of this he was missed on out feeling many years of unconditional love.  His greatest letdown in his life has been the failure to say “I love you” one more time.  Gabriel is alone in his world, slowly making the steps toward normalcy.  It’s hard to be considered normal when just the mere thought of someone’s touch sends you into a fit of despondency. 

As Gabriel has re-entered his hometown activities and daily interactions, there is still an awkward glance at him because of who he is and who he hasn’t become – he is slowly integrating back into society.

Ellie and Gabriel cross paths at the strangest of places; but yet it shouldn’t be all that strange…both their lives are cocooned in the darkness and the dark brings them comfort.  No one can judge them or see their true identities in the dark.  It’s almost an escape from the truth.  Ellie continually fights the truth in which Gabriel sees more to her than she is willing to concede, and in one night Ellie’s strong fa├žade crumbles down – admitting to both her and Gabriel that she needs him.

“I knew you were an angel,” I whispered.  “I knew you were.” I reached my hand up and cupped his cheek, catching a tear on my thumb.  “Don’t cry, my angel.  Don’t cry.  Not for me.”  Never for me.  Speaking made me feel so tired.  I closed my eyes and let the darkness take me again.    

Now Ellie and Gabriel are finding out that their lives aren’t really that uncommon – she may be a poor working girl and he may be a successful artist, but on the inside they are both victims of having their youth absconded.  They are both learning what all they missed, and what better way than with a sexy Gabriel, who resembles a cherubic angel.  I will now see a sunrise as a constant reminder that life keeps going and every day we are to see a sunrise is hope for the next day.   Gabriel has found his hope…

Loving her had begun to heal that last part of myself that still felt broken.  So I’d wait.  I’d wait for Ellie for as long as she needed me to.

 I will admit that I found the first half of the book to be a little slow going.  Maybe about 60% I found myself sneaking into the pages as often as I could to find out how this was going to play out.  Gabriel’s life philosophy is profound and I’m going to end with it.  Read it slowly, read it again.  Read it and live it.… “I’m living the life I was meant to have…My life – just the way it is, for good or for bad – is the life I was meant to have.”

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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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