Author: Mia Sheridan
Publication Date: 17 October 2017
Publisher: Forever Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
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.
Once again I have been blown away by Mia Sheridan. There is just something about her work that gets under your skin and changes you on a fundamental level a little at a time. Mia's stories are rooted deep in the human psyche, in the saddest edges of our heart. Her books are heavy and heart breaking but always with an underlying sense of hope and the truth that even out of the deepest pain and despair joy and happiness can be found.
Most of All You is right up there with Archer's Voice for me and any fan of Mia Sheridan knows that statement says more than stars or words of praise I could truly give. Archer's Voice is my go to in every recommendation I give for a Contemporary Romance, it is the standard by which I hold everyone else and I am thrilled that Mia was able to create another book that brought me so many feelings, a mother book that I can now say with out a doubt is a true work of art and should be read by every romance reader out there.
I adore Mia Archer's work for how she takes these utterly broken characters and gives them back their lives. I love how she never writes characters that are completely defeated, there is always that desire to be better, to be stronger, to live. Gabriel is just amazing. He is the embodiment of a hero. Bravery and honor are the foundation of who he is, his heartbreaking past the blocks of who he has become that sit on top of that original foundation, and his hope and love (oh man does this guy have hope and love) the windows that will let all the light, his past has dimmed, into his soul. Just to take that corny comparison of mine even farther, Crystal is, well she is the crystal hanging in his windows that let the rainbows shine. She brings color back into his world, opening him up to all the things he thought gone but still yearned for. That ability to love and be loved, truly loved and desired by another person.
The character development of both Gabriel and Crystal is simply beautiful, watching them both grow and change, particularly Crystal is truly like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. They have both buried the beauty so deep that it was hard for even them to see it in themselves, but the way they saw that beauty and pulled it out of each other is magical. All of Mia's books leave a mark on your soul in some way but Most of All You will truly change the way that you look at yourself and others. It is a gift to have had the opportunity to read this book, one that I will cherish. It is a book that will remind you that we all have choices and the ones we make affect more than ourselves, but it will also remind you that though you may make a choice, out of desperation or despair, that you may have not made otherwise there is always the opportunity to come back from that. There is always the opportunity to be the person you know yourself to be and there is always a person out there who will stand beside you no matter the choice.
In the end all Mia's book are about hope and love and though they may tear us apart while reading them you know when you finish you will have been on a truly beautiful journey through the heart. If you haven't read a Mia Sheridan book before I can not recommend them enough to you and Most of All You is a perfect place to begin. If you have read her books in the past and you hesitate since this isn't one of her Signs of Love series books, (which for those unfamiliar are almost all standalone so go forth and read with out worry) that this is a traditionally published book, do not worry, this is classic beautiful Mia Sheridan work and you want this book on your bookshelf and in your hands!
~ HAPPY READING ~
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.