Book Review: Kyland

Kyland (A Sign of Love) by Mia Sheridan: Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk.

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They're both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

TeriLyn's thoughts: 5+++ "Everyday. For You." Stars

This book was NA PERFECTION! It was just....everything.

Mia Sheridan stands as a master of her class. Her New Adult stories evoke the rawest emotions from me to the point that I'm glued to my Kindle reading her beautiful prose; laughing, crying, hurting, and peacefully rejoicing.

In Kyland Sheridan made me HURT. She made my heart race with this story of finding love in the place you believed you'd never find anything redeeming again. I was nothing short of fully invested in this romantic journey of finding freedom, hope, and peace in most unlikely of places.

Sheridan's writing perfectly balances love vs. angst with challenges and questions leaving the reader sitting on the edge with her unpredictable plots and expanse of emotions. Kyland is layers of meaning and symbolism embedded in every action and reaction. It's subtle nuances full of emotion and depth. There isn't one sentence in this book out of place or useless in moving the plot. Everything has meaning, everything draws you into Kyland and Tenleigh's story further. You crave the heart break and pain as much as the happiness and love because Mia Sheridan makes you addicted to the story, to the feelings she so eloquently expresses.

As escaping a life of poverty and misfortune remains the focus of both Kyland and Tenleigh they form an unbreakable bond of love and trust muddling the once formidable stance of leaving Denville, Kentucky. Is it a bond that can withstand betrayal? Heartbreak? Tested loyalty?

Neither Kyland and his ambition nor Tenleigh and her hope expected each other but stormed into each others lives so effortlessly the end result could only be devastation. The ambition and pride they each hold onto despite their bleak existence turns into much more as Tenleigh transforms the desolate area they live in to something more majestic for Kyland.

I'd be remiss not mentioning the vivid pictures Sheridan paints of the dire realities Kyland and Tenleigh face. The way Sheridan portrays their reality links us to them in the most intimate of ways, she lets us into their minds exposing their most delicate vulnerabilities.

The characters themselves make the story. This is very much a love story focusing mainly on these two people. The secondary characters, while very important and interesting, don't compare to the beauty of Ky and Ten.

Kyland is simple. He's lonely. His existence suits itself towards false notions and tragedy. He's beyond smart and wants to start anew with a life he feels he can accomplish with hard work. In a beyond complicated situation loving Tenleigh is simple. The subtlety of Kyland holds his beauty.

Tenleigh is hopeful. She's an optimist. With an impossible situation at home, Tenleigh never gives up hope. Her brightness shines through the pages. Her honesty astounded me. The steadfast belief in Kyland in her heart provided good cause for the lengths she would go to protect him. An admirable heroine.

The way their story unfolds surprises you. There were times I thought I had the whole thing figured out only for Ms. Sheridan to twist and turn the plot in a completely different direction.

Kyland hails as a story of hope; hope Tenleigh naturally possessed, hope Kyland learned to possess. Masterfully, Sheridan gives glimpses of hope to her readers about a love soul deep, love you never even realized you had to give - just like she did with Kyland and Tenleigh. The simplicity of the story boggles my mind because of the complexity of the emotions enticing you with every turn of the page.

Mia Sheridan wrote this natural, all-consuming passion between a man and woman in the most complicated of circumstances - a story that rivals any in it's class. This is the story of Kyland and Tenleigh. If you're a lover of New Adult you MUST read Kyland.

Favorite Quotes:
"Frankly, it was exhausting, but it was the hand we'd been dealt, and we did what we had to because we had no other choice."

"I want to do something that matters - that really, truly makes a difference. And I want to recognize that thing when it shows up."

"This girl. My girl."

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