NOW LIVE ~ Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

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 about 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 that 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.

Guys, this book.  So good.  I think this might be Mia Sheridan’s best work yet and that’s saying something because Archer’s Voice was terrific.  I couldn’t bear to put it down for a single second; I was so involved in Ellie and Gabriel’s story.  I’m blown away by how deeply I felt every single word in this book; it is a thing to behold truly.

It’s been an hour since I finished this book and my heart is still pounding due to the plethora of emotions it was pulled through in Most of All You.  Ms. Sheridan dumped me right into the deep end of feeling and made me fight for every inch I gained closer to the shore.  Her ability to draw emotions with her words and make them all such a visceral thing is nothing short of masterful.

Gabriel and Ellie were everything.  My heart just hurt so much for what they had both been through.  It was impossible to distinguish who’d survived the worst circumstances, though it was easy to see who had overcome the atrocities of their youths.  I couldn’t imagine either of them being able to heal in a way that was healthy without the other, theirs may have been a love story, but it was primarily a story of healing.

Most of All You is very much character driven, while there are outside factors that influenced their hurt, healing, and relationship, the plot took a backseat to character growth.  Writing this book in dual POV really highlighted how much the characters grew, as we were able to see changes they made both from the inside and how others perceived them on the outside.  I love a good character arc, and Mia Sheridan is a master at giving her characters compelling, fulfilling arcs.

Mia Sheridan is at the top of my must-read authors.  Most of All You is a perfect example of why.  She can take the most heart-wrenching, tragic situations and sculpt them into beautifully poignant masterpieces.  The prose in this book was sublime and consuming.  There are few authors whom I would place in the same class of author with Ms. Sheridan; her work has always been fantastic yet with every book she writes the writing exceeds the impossibly high bar she’s already set.

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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