Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review of 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.

Leia's Review:

There is a place in the forgotten hills of the Appalachian Mountains where town has suffered for years. 
A mining accident has left the town desolate. The people of that town struggle day in and day out to make ends meet. They know poverty and starvation better than most. They know sacrifice and hard work. They work tirelessly to put small meals on the table and heat their homes in the winter. They live a simple life. A life that their children will one day fall into if they don’t get out of that town. 

This is the place where Tenleigh and Kyland live. This is what they call home. Both of them are working towards the one scholarship that will allow them to make more of themselves. They are bright and determined. They do what they have to in order to survive – at least long enough to get the scholarship. The problem is – there is only one scholarship. 

Kyland has spent the past few years working toward achieving his dreams and obtaining this scholarship. He will do whatever it takes to get it, and when he does – he is leaving and never looking back. Which is why he refuses to form attachments. He will not feel indebted to anyone in his God-forsaken home and he will never return to the place where he lost his family. He’s had this planned out for years. But he never planned on Tenleigh. 

Tenleigh wants a better life for herself, her sister and her mother. The only way she knows how to do this is to get the scholarship and make something of herself. Though she recognizes the hardships that she’s been through, she loves her family and she loves her home. She might not like her living conditions, and she definitely wants to do more with her life – but she sees the beauty in what she’s been given. 

As Tenleigh and Kyland form a bond that neither of them prepared for, Tenleigh quickly becomes the light in Kyland’s dark world. She brings him a peace he hasn’t felt in years. She sees the man that he already is, regardless of who he plans to become. But as time goes on and the stakes get higher, their relationship strains. They both see the potential in each other and they both understand that one of them will have to sacrifice their dreams. But how? And who? 

Mia Sheridan has an incredible gift. Her talent in bringing life and love to the forgotten hero’s, the people who also deserve their happily ever after’s but rarely get them, is untouched by any other author. She is able to weave emotion into each word of her story so strongly that you just feel it to the core. It’s easy to create romance with millions and build dreams with family fortunes. It’s harder to surpass your circumstances, find beauty in the simplistic things in life and be thankful for them. It’s hard to build love when loving me sacrificing your dreams. This story is beautiful in all of the ways that matter. We all know that love isn’t easy. But to fight for love when life isn’t easy is harder to do.

Kyland and Tenleigh pulled at my heartstrings. Their story wreaked havoc on every one of my emotions. My heart broke for their circumstances. It fluttered as their friendship turned into something much, much more. My chest tightened when I realized there was no way for them to both get out of their situations. It broke into a million pieces when their worlds shattered. And it healed and filled with love when I realized that I was a fool to ever doubt Mia and her ability to complete a love story. 

This is and absolutely amazing story. I loved every moment of it, and I know you will to. 

5+++ Stars

Sav's Review 

There's really not much I can say to you right now. Kyland was hands down one of the absolute best stories that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. From start to finish I was absolutely captivated and couldn't put the book down, not even for one second. 

The thing is with Mia Sheridan, she pulls me in to her stories so much that I have a hard time balancing real life with her fiction because she just sucks you in, I can smell the mountain air, feel the breeze as it hits my face, I suffer with the silent boys, I'm hungry because they are. I don't just read these books, I feel them. I live them.

I can't explain my love for Kyland and Tenleigh, their story was truly one of survival, sadness, love, and even loss. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Mia pulls the rug out from under your feet and your left gasping for air trying to figure out how you were okay one minute and then sobbing the next. See, that's the beauty of this book - of ANY Mia Sheridan book really, the emotion is so real. The characters aren't rich and powerful, they aren't womanizers or numb. They are the poor and the broken, or the sad and the lonely, they are real everyday people. They hurt, they suffer, they live every day like it's their last. They appreciate the small things and have hearts made of absolute beauty. So do yourself a favor, and read this book. I promise you won't regret it! 5 Stars!

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