Release Date: January 24, 2015
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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.
Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.
I loved this book. The characters in Mia Sheridan’s Kyland captured my compassion and admiration in a way that only an exceptionally written story can. She created an incredibly bleak, grey world and then filled it with the most epic of love stories. Kyland and Tenleigh claimed a piece of my heart and I will never forget their story.
Kyland is set in a small town in Kentucky, whose inhabitants are barely making enough to survive on a daily basis. I do not know if I would be strong enough to survive in this world. What Kyland and Tenleigh face – I really have no words. Everyday they have to endure unimaginable hardships to just exist.
Rising above all the despair is one of the sweetest love stories that I have ever read. Kyland and Ten forge a friendship based on respect and the need for someone to just care unconditionally. In a world that is so harsh in its reality, they fall in love and their affection for one another is innocent and pure. The passion they feel for each other was beautiful even when it was painful to experience.
It felt crazy that these remarkable characters were only high school seniors with all that Tenleigh and Kyland are fighting against. They know that to escape their lives they need to earn a local scholarship that grants a graduating member of their class to a full ride to college for four years. One of them will be given the chance of a brighter future with possibilities and hope. However, it creates a emotional dilemma – is someone truly winning something if it comes at your best friend’s expense.
Mia Sheridan’s books always tug at the deepest places in your heart because her stores feel so genuine. They grab ahold of your attention, forcing you to open your eyes and to expand your empathy to people or places that most people rarely think about. Books like Kyland make you reflect and realize that there’s a lot of nonsense cluttering our lives. That what is really important about life – your family, your friends, your health and your community should all be valued so much more then materialistic items. It gives you perspective.
I am not sure how a story so real and extreme can be such an enchanting love story but that is what this book is. Kyland is a beautiful journey and a must read book.