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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 Sheridan has such a talent for writing stories about first loves... this story wrenched my heart in so many ways I don't even know where to begin! She manages to do this to me every time I read one of her books. It's beautiful torture... :)
Tenleigh and Kyland are both seniors in high school. They are both on the same mission... to win the highly coveted scholarship that will take them away from this poverty stricken coal mining town. What they didn't expect was to find themselves falling in love. The story that follows is a roller coaster of emotions... they both want the other to win, but they also both need to win. Ultimately this becomes a story of sacrifice. But, who will be making that sacrifice?? I'll let that part surprise you...
The beautiful relationship that develops between Kyland and Tenleigh is one that had me glued to the pages. It's probably one of my favorite stories of first love that I've ever read. I guess because they really did have nothing but each other. Getting down to the basics really brings to light what is most important and in this case it boiled down to one thing... love. She came into his life and gave him a purpose and changed him forever. They both would make any sacrifices that needed to be made for the other to survive and have a better life.
I was particularly touched by Tenleigh and Marlo (sisters) who were also burdened with taking care of a mother with psychological problems. There were times when Tenleigh just needed a normal mom... but she had to carry on being a caregiver instead. We all need our mom... this brought on some ugly tears... yes, Kleenex was needed!
I will admit that I was really mad at Kyland for a short time but the author managed to bring everything full circle in such a beautiful way. And, yes he was redeemed! I was relieved...
This is definitely a story that will stick with me for a while... and a must read for Mia Sheridan fans...
I received an ARC of this title in exchange for review