Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan

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Synopsis:

There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

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


Review:

Man Mia Sheridan really knows how to write characters that make my heart ache. Stories where I feel so much for the people in them. Where I want everything to turn out great for them because they deserve it. Stories where the main characters don't have the easiest of times, but oh I love them so much. Usually they also have unusual situations. Things I don't normally read about, don't normally see in books, and I love it. She is wonderful at telling the story of the little guys or the unseen people in society. I love it. 

Preston's Honor was a fantastic read. This story really pulled on my heart and made me feel all the feels. Annalia never had much. Her mom always struggled to get by and give her what she needed. She always felt like an outsider, like she didn't fit in anywhere. Her home life wasn't sunshine and roses. Her mom was a tough lady to deal with at times and growing up the way she did she learned there were certain parameters that she couldn't step outside. Some she put on herself and oh, I felt for Annalia. She was a sweetheart, but she always seemed to try and disappear and always sought the approval of others. To get her value from others. To have them make her feel like she was good enough. I felt for her so much. She was struggling to get by and man I wanted nothing but the best for her. 

Preston and his brother Cole are the Sawyer twins. They had a much different upbringing than Annalia, but when they meet her one day while her mom is working on their farm they become fast friends. They tried to be respectful of her circumstances and had many wonderful days hanging out on their land. As a kid Annalia always looked in on their property and wondered what it would be like to live in such a wonderful place. To have such a wonderful family. Everything is probably perfect for them, but that is the way you see things from the outside. They didn't have a perfect life, but pretty perfect for them. Even though Cole and Preston were twins they were very different. Cole the easy going guy who everyone loves, and Preston the more serious one. 

The three of them grow up together and when they get a bit older things start to change. Some start feeling more for the other and man this book. Preston and Lia love each other for so long without knowing and when things fall apart it is not good. I wanted to pick them both up and give them the biggest hugs and make everything okay for them. I wanted to give them the moon and the stars and anything they wanted. 

This was a great read. Mia Sheridan knows how to write stories that make you so immersed in the world you can't put it down. Makes you feel so much for the people you are reading about it is like they are your friends. When I finish one of these soul-crushing, but heartening, stories I always want to go help people in situations like the characters. After Kyland I wanted to see what I could do to help the super poor in Appalachia. After this I wanted to see if there was something to do for people like Lia. This story felt quite timely with everything going on in the US at the moment, but I think that is just coincidental. I recommended it to everyone I know so they can get a little glimpse into how someone else lives. How they work so hard to survive. I loved this story. This is up there with my favorites from this author. This is one that I will re-read again and again.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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