Author: Mia Sheridan
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: January 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Page Count: 252
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.
A heart wrenching story inner strength, sacrifice, and enduring love.
In the back hills of the Appalachian Mountains there is a small town, one unlike anything this reader has ever seen or even considered still exists in this day & age. A town where it’s not uncommon for children to walk 6 miles down a mountain to get to school, if you go at all. A life where going hungry is common place. this town overwhelmed by poverty, is home to Kyland Barrett. Both his father and older brother died during one of the towns most deadly mine cave-ins. In spite of all the odds stacked against him, Kyland has an inner strength and determination that one day he will get out of this town and never look back. It’s not a question of if, but a question of when.
Tenleigh, like Kyland is no stranger to hunger and degradation. She along with her older sister Marlo, must not only take care of themselves but also there unstable mother who often decides it’s in her best interest to stop taking her medication leading to yet another episode for the town folk to mumble about. Tenleigh knows her only chance to get out of this town is to win the annual scholarship awarded to just one student. She’s worked hard and focused all through high school. That is, until one day when she sees, really sees Kyland.
“I think about how that little fire is hope. I think about how you have to keep it burning to get you through the hard times, the times that seem so painful you don’t want to continue on.”
Kyland and Tenleigh live on the same mountain, his rickety house not far from her trailer. When Tenleigh makes what should have been a minor decision one night working at Rusty’s Convenient story, it’s one that changes everything for her and Kyland. It’s this one selfless action that starts these two on path to a meaningful friendship. The flirting and playful banter between the two is not only fun to read, but also shows the depths of their souls.
“You make the darkness go away. You bring me some kind of peace.” ~ Kyland
Kyland has been it clear that after graduation, scholarship or not, he’s leaving this podunk town and never looking back. Although she knows him leaving will eventually break her heart and prove what her sister and mother have always told her – all men leave – Tenleigh wonders if it would still be worth it, to just love and be loved, even if only for right now.
“Because I love you so desperately. I still do. Because I couldn’t leave you here.”
Let me say right now, whenever Mia Sheridan puts out a new book, it’s an instant book-gasm for me. I love her work and her stories. I especially love that with each of her books she takes us to a new, sometimes unheard of places. So many authors always have their books set in the areas, often their hometown. I get it; it’s familiar. Not Mia – Becoming Calder & Finding Eden set in a modern day cult. Kyland in backwood-hick-a-billy Kentucky. So unique & I just love that because with each book, I truly never know what I am going to get – aside from something fabulous.
With that said…this one is not my most favorite of the Signs of Love (Archer’s Voice & Stinger are tied in that spot) I knew with their ages in the book that there was most likely going to be a time jump. I became nervous when I was reading 65% and that still hadn’t happened. For me, when it did occur, it made the rest of the book feel a bit rushed. I personally would have liked to read less about Tenleigh’s mama and had more time spent on the reconnecting and resolution.
Even with that, I still enjoyed this book so very much. There were moments where pure love poured from the pages making me weep. There were moments that made me gasp in horror and near fall off the elliptical while reading (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you get there). If you are a fan of Mia Sheridan, then you’ve probably already read this book. If new to her writing give this one a try. If you find it’s not quite for you, please read one of her others as they and the characters in them are…simply put, amazing. Stinger has a lighter more fun overall feel to it while her others are a bit deeper. Happy reading!
“And my life…my life felt big, filled with love and with meaning.”