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Most of All You Paperback – October 9, 2017
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Oh yeah, Mia Sheridan has done it again. Her words seeped under my skin from the very first pages of Most of All You and I'm left here feeling bereft. And not because of how the book ended. On the contrary. It's because I just didn't want to let go of Gabriel and Ellie. Two characters who manage to find each other in the most unique of circumstances and who discover that love is as precious as that first glimmer of light over a dark horizon, ensuring a glorious day once again.
Both Gabriel and Ellie have suffered through horrific times in their lives. The fact that they are both survivors with a will to find the better in their damaged worlds made them irresistible. I found myself drawn to their pain and the slow-burn journey that started as 'instructor' and 'customer' to the unexpected friendship they forge together. Theirs is a road built on the one emotion neither Gabriel nor Ellie have enough of: trust. And perhaps that is what makes this book so special. The author gives each of these main characters the tools to mold their souls into something that is full of life and new meaning. Almost like the way Gabe can take a piece of raw stone and turn it into the most exquisite of objects. It's truly a rare gift.
Mia Sheridan has the extraordinary ability to take the ordinary and turn it into a story that remarkably draws the reader into a world that is more than difficult to leave. The small Vermont town where our couple resides together with the outstanding secondary characters of George, Kayla, Chloe and even Dominic, is the perfect compliment to this tale. There is tremendous heartache with what Gabriel and Ellie have endured but we are more than rewarded with the heartwarming joy that gradually trickles through as their story progresses. With a respectful take on their burgeoning romance, this book is sure to take each and every reader and fill them with the greatest of emotions. Trust me I felt them all and I'm still grasping at every single one as they start to fade from view.
Both Ellie and Gabriel are magnificent. Despite their pasts, they are both so loving and immensely loyal. Well-written and full of emotion, falling for them as I have is a no-brainer, with Gabe going to the top of my Sheridan men, along with Leo and Archer. In addition I love that the author continues to write such strong heroines, who in spite their faults, know right from wrong and have the drive to always want to be better. Hope may not always be in Ellie's vocabulary but at least she is willing to try to find it, sometimes at any cost.
I could ramble on for days about this one because it affected me so deeply. Be ready to feel. And be ready to put Most of All You at the top of your favorite reads for 2017. It is quite simply sublime.
5++++++++ stars with the wish to give it more.
It’s been an hour since I finished this book and my heart is still pounding due to the plethora of emotions it was pulled through in Most of All You. Ms. Sheridan dumped me right into the deep end of feeling and made me fight for every inch I gained closer to the shore. Her ability to draw emotions with her words and make them all such a visceral thing is nothing short of masterful.
Gabriel and Ellie were everything. My heart just hurt so much for what they had both been through. It was impossible to distinguish who’d survived the worst circumstances, though it was easy to see who had overcome the atrocities of their youths. I couldn’t imagine either of them being able to heal in a way that was healthy without the other, theirs may have been a love story, but it was primarily a story of healing.
Most of All You is very much character driven, while there are outside factors that influenced their hurt, healing, and relationship, the plot took a backseat to character growth. Writing this book in dual POV really highlighted how much the characters grew, as we were able to see changes they made both from the inside and how others perceived them on the outside. I love a good character arc, and Mia Sheridan is a master at giving her characters compelling, fulfilling arcs.
Mia Sheridan is at the top of my must-read authors. Most of All You is a perfect example of why. She can take the most heart-wrenching, tragic situations and sculpt them into beautifully poignant masterpieces. The prose in this book was sublime and consuming. There are few authors whom I would place in the same class of author with Ms. Sheridan; her work has always been fantastic yet with every book she writes the writing exceeds the impossibly high bar she’s already set.