A Sign Of Love Novel – Inspired by Gemini
By Mia Sheridan
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.
This was the idyllic dream I’d never imagined possible. This wasn’t small. This was where my heart had always yearned to be.
Without fail, every single time, with every single one of her books, Mia Sheridan owns another piece of my heart. She writes with such love and passion, birthing characters and their stories that touch the heart and create a world that it is impossible not to lose yourself in.
Mia drew me in completely with this story of love in its many forms. I say this after reading each of her books, but PRESTON’S HONOR is very near the top of my favorite of her works (that position still goes to KYLAND, but this one is a very close second). It is written with such love and compassion, with such an understanding of what it means to feel like an outsider, and how healing love can be.
I think that one of the reasons that Lia is so drawn to Preston and Cole is the unconditional acceptance and love that she feels from them, something lacking in the only other relationship that she has, with her mother. There is an openness to the boys, and, as two sides of the same coin, they meet the different needs for love, friendship, and companionship that Lia is thirsty for. Any separation, any smallness that she feels is of her own making, because of the distance that she feels between her station in life and theirs.
I am absolutely in love with Preston Sawyer. This man, from the time that he can remember, has seen something in Lia that he recognizes as his. His brother, Cole, is his other half, but Lia is his true north, and nothing, not time, not distance, not the fact that she may belong to his own brother, can dim the love that he has for her. And, while he is still just a man, and makes mistakes like we all do, the beauty of Preston is his willingness to learn, to open himself up again and give Lia all of himself.
Lia is just lovely. She has done whatever she’s had to do to make life better for her mother and herself, suffering the pain of living a life feeling ‘less than’ because of who and what she is. Lia thrives under the attention of the Sawyer boys because they offer her the thing that she yearns for, non-judgmental, fully accepting love. One of the things that I enjoyed most about Lia’s story, though, is seeing her emerge as a strong woman, a woman that becomes unafraid to ask for what she wants and needs, and offers the same to others.
There are those books that I pick up and enjoy reading, and those that I can’t put down. There’s just that little something different about the latter type, that certain something that draws me in and doesn’t let go. This is true of all of Mia’s books, but PRESTON’S HONOR touched my heart in a way that I will remember for a very long time, and I couldn’t recommend it more. This book is definitely one of my favorite reads of this year, and one that I would recommend to everyone. Add it to your TBR and take the time to savor it as soon as time allows. It will change you, and you will love it.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
Mia Sheridan has once again stole a piece of my heart with her latest release, Preston’s Honor. With each new book, Mia brings something new to the table that is not only a passionate romance but also a compassionate insight to life, love, family, and society. As I read this novel I found that I was experiencing more than a romance, it was challenging my thoughts on human nature and showing me the other side of those thoughts. It is truly a humble reading experience.
Lia has always been an outsider all of her life. As a child of an illegal migrant worker, life has been one of poverty and constant struggle. As a daughter conceived in violence, she has been a constant reminder to her mother of the evil that stole her hopes and dreams. As a young girl looking at her small world, a farming community, every persons life seems brighter, livelier,and prosperous. As a minority nationality she has experienced the small minded views that leave her feeling like she doesn’t quite fit in or measure up to the standards of the community. Meeting the Sawyer twins irrevocably changes her life. The Sawyer twins offer her friendship, acceptance, and unconditional love. Each boy gives Lia something she desperately needs in her life. Cole Sawyer gives her the courage to have hopes and dreams. Preston Sawyer gives her unconditional love and stability. The two boys would do anything for Lia because they both love the beautiful person that she is. As they grow from childhood into young adulthood, the dynamics of their friendship change. Both boys want her heart and know that only one can claim it. How they handle the situation is something only twins, two half of a whole, could do.
As young adults, their lives are only beginning. The Sawyer boys are off to college to create their bright futures. Lia is also creating a better life for herself back at home. She’s got a decent job, a better home, and is able to take care of her mother. When the Sawyer boys return home for their father’s funeral, all of their lives change once again. The dynamics of their relationship are challenged once again.
Great tragedies take Lia and Prseton’s life on a new path. From the tragic mistakes to birth of their child, they are both an emotional mess. Not only are they struggling with heartache and loss, they are also battling their own emotional demons. Mother Nature has also added her own wrath that could not only destroy their farm but ruin their community as well. Lia and Preston’s world has imploded. Now they both have to come to terms with their world and own their realities. They have to face the grief and pain in order to move forward. How they choose to handle those emotions is what is going to make them stronger individuals and more committed to their love for one another.
Mia Sheridan has once again delivered an outstanding book.
Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.