Most of All You
A Love Story
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice, Mia Sheridan delivers a heartwrenching new standalone contemporary romance.
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.
ALL the stars!! 2017 Too Favorite
THIS! This story needs to be read by anyone looking for all the feels, uniqueness, heart pounding suspense, and romance. I've followed this author for years, and I must say that while I enjoyed every single one of her books (Archer's Voice in particular is one of my all time favorites), there is something so indescribably special about this story that words fail me.
The writing alone is outstanding, but the characters (all of them except the villains of course) are so endearing in their own way you'll wish you could meet them in person. Most of All You is so encompassing, I found myself immersed for hours, savoring the beautiful words that made me cry, smile, and pray for a happy ending for these incredible characters who deserved nothing less.
I'm so fortunate to have received an advance reader copy of this unforgettable novel. There's no doubt in my mind that this will be one of those memorable stories I carry in my heart for a long time along with my angel Gabriel.
5 beautiful, heartfelt stars for Crystal and Gabriel!
Absolutely beautiful! I am so in love with this book. I've said it before and I will say it again. Mia cannot write a bad story. She writes the most heartfelt stories. She evokes emotions in the simplest sentences that she writes. It is like it is an effortless endeavor for her to bring the readers her stories. They just flow and are organic and I get caught up in it every single time.
I hope that every reader that picks up this book will go into it blind, without having read any reviews beforehand. You need to experience everything in this book without having any knowledge of what's between the pages, no preconceived notions of what might happen. I just finished it and I already wish I could wipe my memory clean so that I could read it again for the first time.
The blurb tells you a little, but not very much about what this book entails. Two people, both broken in their own ways. Both having suffered from control being taken away from them. But where Crystal has built a protective wall around herself, Gabriel has tried to live his life with an open heart, appreciating every moment of every day.
"I win every time I'm bold in how I love. I want to say I win a hundred times a day, a thousand, by loving the sunrise, and the wind, and the way raindrops sound on my window."
I have to say that the journey Mia leads these two characters on, is probably one of my most favorite of hers, ever. Her writing is just flawless, and I was just so mesmerized with this story, every single page of this story.
I am fascinated with how well Mia developed these characters. Their background, their emotions, their thoughts, their feelings. They were so real and alive to me. I felt all their emotions right along with them. I felt the hopelessness and desperation that Crystal feels, and I felt the determination Gabriel had to tear down those nearly impenetrable walls that were built around her. I felt so warm and fuzzy when she finally started thinking she could let people in.
"A few leaves fluttered from the trees, twirling lazily in the light breeze, and I felt a gentle falling inside me, too. I wondered how trees knew to let go of the things they no longer needed, and I wondered if I could do that, as well."
I'm trying to be as spoiler free as possible, so I am not going to say anything else. But I had to include those lines above because I absolutely love them. And this book is filled with tons more of profound thoughts like those. Mia is just a master at the deep, thought provoking, heartfelt emotions that are woven through this whole book. From the story itself, to the themes throughout, to the cast of supporting characters who are so incredibly important and instrumental in the lives of these two people.
I can't wait to see everyone's thoughts and reactions to this story. I just want to hug Mia so hard after reading this. I completely loved it.
Both of the leads were easy for me to love. They have painful pasts, beyond the norm, tragedies in fact. I like the way they overcome. It's an emotional journey that fills the soul and the eyes. Crystal/Ellie is not in a good place in most aspects of her life, but the writing makes her easy to understand. This book illustrates the importance of taking the time with others instead of judging. Gabriel is bone-deep good. He's solid, strong, supportive and sensitive. I couldn't help falling hard for him. Because he's been working through his issues for longer and mostly in a better place, he is patient with her. He gives her love and space as needed. Also, I have to say thank you so much to the author for making girl characters who are genuinely nice to each other. I'm always looking for a story that makes me feel. Most of All You kept a hold on my heart. It's definitely a book I recommend.