Title: Midnight Lily
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #9
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he’s out of a job, out of the public’s good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different?
Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between.
Once again, I find myself totally blown away by Mia Sheridan! Midnight Lily is all consuming and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. From the raw and gripping emotions to the ingenuity of the storyline, Lily’s journey held me captive from start to finish and continued to linger long after the final page had been turned. This is definitely one of those books you should go into completely blind, experiencing every nuance of this novel for yourself. Mia Sheridan kept my head spinning and my heart aching as I navigated this emotional rollercoaster right alongside the hero and heroine. Holden and Lily’s obvious connection, potent chemistry and uncertain future made for one seriously riveting read and I’m still in complete awe of every twist and turn this storyline took.
“It felt like my soul was sleeping, and I had no earthly idea what would wake it up again.”
From the moment I dove into this book, I knew that Midnight Lily would be something special. The premise was intriguing and the characters a bit mysterious, more than enough to capture my attention and hold it. However, I couldn’t have prepared myself for the deeply emotional and shockingly delicate direction this story would take. Mia Sheridan proves to be fearless as she tackles some serious issues with this novel, shining a light on the human condition in a way that is somewhat dark, a little bit scary, and unapologetically real. Lily and Holden’s journey seemed to give my own pain and grief a voice and by the time all was said and done, this couple had somehow delivered me to a place of peace and acceptance. I have to applaud the author for the beautifully bold and incredibly graceful way in which she told this unconventional love story. Midnight Lily is simply stunning.
“And for just that moment, we had found our very own world, and we lived in it joyfully.”
I had a few issues with how quickly things wrapped up and the role of certain characters introduced near the end of the story, but overall Midnight Lily was absolutely incredible. The magic of Mia Sheridan lies in her unparalleled diversity. Each book is a completely new reading experience, significant and unique in its entirety. Midnight Lily did not disappoint in this regard and yet, also maintained that inexplicable quality that makes this novel undoubtedly Mia Sheridan’s handiwork. From the poignant writing and enchanting imagery to the wholly unexpected storyline and carefully complex characters, Lily and Holden’s journey was everything I’ve come to love from this author and then some. Mia Sheridan explores love, loss and the power of the human mind in this thought provoking and beautifully haunting story.
Wow – I finished Midnight Lily and honestly could not think of words to do this story justice. I’ve read plenty of other things from Mia Sheridan, but this book was nothing like I would have expected; it was so much more. The depth in character development and complexity of the storyline kept me turning the pages, aching to see how the author would come to a resolution. My mind was absolutely blown from Midnight Lily, with all its twists and turns, that I’m not even sure I have proper words to do the story justice.
“I wanted someone to save me. But I didn’t know what to do about that.”
If there is one thing I’ve come to learn, it’s that Mia Sheridan’s mind is a fountain of unique, fresh ideas. Midnight Lily was so inventive that I’m still struggling to truly process the plot. Though I can understand the polarized reviews on this particular book, nobody can deny just how incredible this woman’s writing is. She pens such a complex world that sucks readers in, time and time again. Though each story of hers is incredibly different from the one before it, Sheridan gives a voice to the perceived outcasts of society and I absolutely love her for it. The characters in this particular book are mind-boggling, yet I couldn’t help but admire their tenacity and courage for everything they both have gone through.
“…we don’t get to choose what we carry, but we do get to choose the grace with which we carry it.”
There is one shortfall for me when it came to Midnight Lily, and that was one of the side characters. I needed a bit more of an explanation or connection to her purpose in order to fully engage in the story. However, that does not mean that I didn’t fully enjoy this novel. I was blown away by the words on the page and continue to be even now. Midnight Lily will take readers on the ride of a lifetime, keeping them guessing at what will happen next. I felt blindsided so many different times, but only ever in the best way possible. Sheridan’s writing continues to evolve and she keeps surprising me so I can’t wait to see what happens next…I just know it will be fantastic!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Sign of Love series:
Leo (Sign of Love #1)
Leo’s Chance (Sign of Love #2)
Stinger (Sign of Love #3)
Archer’s Voice (Sign of Love #4)
Becoming Calder (Sign of Love #5)
Finding Eden (Sign of Love #6)
Kyland (Sign of Love #7)
Grayson’s Vow (Sign of Love #8)
Ramsay (Sign of Love #10)
Preston’s Honor (Sign of Love #11)