ARC Review: Preston’s Honor by Mia Sheridan

Title: Preston’s Honor
Author: Mia Sheridan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone from Sign Of Love collection
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: February 19, 2017

 

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.

 

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Preston Sawyer lived and breathed the farm he grew up on. All his life his father taught him and his twin brother Cole about hard work and honor. But those value pose a huge dilemma for him when feelings for his childhood friend started to become more.

Annalia (Lia) Del Valle grew up poor. As daughter of a farm worker, she barely had anything and always felt boxed in. Even her friendship with the Sawyer brothers was bound by limitations. But one night, the line was crossed and it irrevocably changed the rest of their lives.

When I first read the book blurb, I got excited with the possibility of angst. I’m glad this book sure has some of that.

A man is only as good as his word. And I was currently pretty worthless. So why did I feel so fucking happy?

Preston was the dark brooding one. Even as a kid, he took his responsibility seriously. Sometimes I just want to shake him up and tell him to go wild lol!

All those years when I’d thought about Lia, the word that had come to mind was mine, and I’d denied it, tried to push it away.

Lia, even though a spitfire in nature, she locked herself up in a box with her insecurity – which was sad but also understandable considering her situation.

Truthfully, though, my life’s dream had just been to get out of the tiny spaces I’d always occupied—not just where I lived, but the stifling nature of my life in general. I just wanted things around me to . . . open up.

I like how Lia’s culture and social position played a big part in the story. I also like how the virtue of honor which supposed to be a positive trait brought so much pain to the characters.

There was angst in the story but the masochist in me wanted more. I really like Cole and wish his role was explored more.

I wondered distantly if people who had once been stripped bare and cracked open could recover, too, and thought that it was at least worth hoping for. Wasn’t it?

Preston’s Honor is a story of a couple tried by culture and an oath. It would appeal to readers who like romance story with trials and tribulations.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

 

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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.

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