I loved this remarkable book. I was hooked from the first few pages. I jumped in without familiarizing myself with the blurb. I highly recommend that you do the same. I’ve read six books recently that I didn’t feel like reviewing. To say I was in a reading slump was an understatement but this totally snapped me out of it. I honestly could not put it down, not even for a minute. Mia Sheridan is one of the most talented authors I’ve ever read. Her writing is beautiful, and her stories are unique. Each of Mia’s books delivers compelling messages, and this one was no different. I was going back and forth wanting to throw my kindle. I uttered a few WTF’s while the tears were flowing. This second chance romance deals with guilt, regret, desire and beautiful healing.
Lila grew up living with a single mother in poverty. Her mother told her every chance that she got that she was not wanted. People humiliated her, her whole life. The place she lived in had once been a farm storage shed that butted up against the Sawyer farm. She meets the twin boys next door and instantly had a connection with both of them in different ways. She found herself smiling, joking and laughing when they were around. She loved them both, but the boy she longed for was Preston.
“Part of my love for Preston was like a slow-moving river that had gained breadth and speed over time. And another part came in short bursts of white-hot lightning, marking the very moments when the love in my heart had charged and intensified. And I knew this would be one of those flashes, one of those moments burned into my memory, and even possibly, the last one I’d ever get.”
Preston had everything, a big beautiful house, the farm, two loving parents, his twin brother and his best friend, Lila. He was simple, loyal, and very content with his life. Preston wasn’t honest with his brother about the feelings he had for Lila. He simply put his honor above his heart. He was raised thinking that a man is only as good as his word. He was angry knowing of Lila’s poverty. He thought she deserved the world. He wanted to protect her. He wanted her to be his.
“She was so beautiful sometimes it hurt me to look at her.”
“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?”
I loved Preston and Lila so much more when they were finally a couple. I was so interested to see how they could grow up and find their way back to each other. I wasn’t happy about Lila leaving but hearing what happened in the past helped understand her reasoning. I also wasn’t happy about Preston’s bet with Cole. I think it was an immature reason to keep them apart. I honestly didn’t let it take much away from the story for me. It made it worth the heartache when they finally did come together and started being open with each other. They both saw the mistakes and genuinely wanted things to be better. It was worth every tug at my heartstrings and for sure will be in my favorites.
“Looking into her beautiful eyes, I saw my past and my future. I saw the young girl who had spat a half-eaten strawberry into my brother’s hand. I saw an amazing, strong woman, who had the courage to come back to me. I saw my love, my heart, my home.”
“So much time had passed, and in some ways he was a stranger; in some ways he was so familiar. He’d been my friend—one of my only friends. I hadn’t fully realized before this moment that I’d been living with a hole in my heart. A Preston-sized hole.”
Standalone. New Adult. Contemporary Romance.
Rating: 5 Stars.