Tuesday, March 10, 2015

GUEST REVIEW: Kyland 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.


New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

5++ “My Kentucky Girl” STARS

Mia Sheridan did it again. Her Sign of Love series has been wildly diverse in stories, characters and locations and each one has been tender, moving and special. Kyland is an emotional, raw and heartwarming story. It takes place in a small poverty stricken coal mining town in Appalachia.

“The fight to live would humble you in ways you didn’t ever want anyone else to know about. Because sometimes it was unspeakable. Sometimes it was ugly and shameful and beautiful and courageous all at one.”

Tenleigh Falyn and Kyland Barrett are two young adults in their last year of high school both with the same goal: to be granted a full scholarship to the college of their choosing and escape the hand to mouth existence that surrounds them. But only one person can win.

The bond formed between Kyland and Tenleigh is palpable, pure and poetic.

Tenleigh is the beautiful girl with a spirit so bright…“She had this quiet about her – something soothing, a strange mix of strength and vulnerability."

Kyland is brave and beautiful, strong, selfless and stubborn.

This story reminds me of The Gift of the Magi and it touched me with the depth of sacrifice one will make for the one they love.

Ms. Sheridan’s words were poignant and flawless. I had such highs...

and lows...

“The grief that battered my heart in that moment almost caused me to fall to my knees.”

but not once did I lose hope, even when I should have. Kyland and Tenleigh’s relationship and journey was bittersweet and beautiful. Thank you Mia!

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