ARC Review: Preston’s Honor, by Mia Sheridan

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Preston’s Honor
Mia Sheridan
Expected publication: february, 19th, 2017

*ARC Generously Provided by Author for a honest review.

Blurb:

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:

“Preston’s Honor”, the lastest book in the “Signs of Love” series, based in the sign of Gemini, brings a touching story of love, renounce, honor, secrets, and the power of comunication.

As you can already see in the blurb, the book tells the story of two brothers, Preston and Cole Swayer, sons of a farmer in the interior of California in which Annalia’s mother, or Lia, as called, worked. Knowing each other since they’re children, a strong bond of friendship forms between them. Cole is the funky, fun, carefree brother who dreams about seeing the world. Preston, on the other hand, is the responsible one, connected with the earth, preoccupied in acting always with seriousness and honor and with their father’s struggle to maintain their farm.

“A man is only as good as his word” – Preston Sawyer

Lia has already what can’t be called less than a hard life. Daughter  of a sick, illegal immigrant, she goes through all sorts of emotional and financial deprivation and frustration, having in those two boys her oases among her desert filled with poverty, prejudice and material and emotional shortage. She struggles to have a minimum of dignity, while she behaves in a resigned and understanding manner, in order to receive any crumb of affection that someone of her “parameters” can obtain.

Being from completely different universes, they try hard to maintain this bond, but as time goes by, Lia’s feelings for the brothers begin to differentiate, causing this girl a frustration for not seeing how to get closer to who she loves.

“Her eyes lingered for a moment on our hands before she said, ‘Someday I’m going to leave here, but a part of my heart is going to remain. With you”

The boys, in an act that only youth and impetuosity can justify, end up sealing a pact that brings a lot of suffering, resignation, frustration and sadness until its conclusion.

I don’t think it’s fair to tell you the details of this story, you have to see for yourself how Mia can gradually unravel every desire, every act and the consequences on these characters lives.

So I feel motivated to talk about my impressions of what I felt about reading this moving book.

Often, in our urgency to be loved, we submit ourselves to situations that don’t satisfy us, which lead us to an insipid and apathetic life. In the same way, we often fail to verbalize our desires, often for fear of rejection, being struck by the frustration of seeing the other reacting differently than we expect.

In love, and in life as a whole, there is no way to know people’s feelings without them telling us. Without it, the reason of our affection may not know that we don’t like something, or that we are not well even when we say otherwise. Now, what it seems more certain is that we get hurt by those who often don’t know that they are doing it.

“That’s what I’d wanted Lia to be for me – a gentle heaven, I’d wanted it – desperately – and yet, I’d kept fouling it up, over and over.” Preston Sawyer

So if you want to love and be fully loved, you have to honor that feeling and for that you have to express yourself, verbalize, speak up clearly what you want.

This is not always easy and not everyone needs to hear the same way. Let’s take Grayson from “Grayson’s vow”, for example. He needed to believe that happiness was possible and that would only enter his heart in a simple and subtle way. Preston, on the other hand, needed a confrontation, someone who would tell him to wake up and smell the coffee.

In the same way, we often think that resignation and resilience are the only path of acceptance. If we behave, we will be accepted, respected and perhaps even loved at some point.

However, it is necessary to discover the right way to express yourself and if that is not enough, you must also learn the time to shake things up, to take things out from their places, to turn the table, to react, to impose ourselves. To be happy, you must know the time to react, to get free, to show what you want and how you want, without fear. Don’t be afraid to make a fuss when you need it!

“Make a fuss, mi amor, make a fuss” – Rosa

Four loving stars and all my love for Mia and her books!

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