Standalone Sign of Love Novel
By Mia Sheridan
Genres: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Dottie
A standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.
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.
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY VIRGO. Non-Paranormal, New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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Dottie’s Star Rating: 4 Stars
Mia Sheridan is one of my automatic one-click authors. If she writes it, I want to read it. That said, this is not an author who writes conventional stories at all. Each of the backdrops (especially lately) are set in a very unique and intriguing environment. She’s written stories centered around a religious cult and as well as a down-on-its-luck coal-mining town (this does not mean, however, each of her books have this unusual of a setting). This book, Midnight Lily, was set both in the woods of Colorado as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. It is, however, the setting in Colorado that gives this book it uniqueness – and trust me, this one is truly a different type of story than we’ve all become accustomed to altogether.
But here’s the problem…this book has a couple significant twists and turns that actually blew my mind. The first one made me go back and reread a page, exclaiming, “What?” The other, well, actually I’m still trying to wrap my head around what happened with that one!
But this becomes a problem to review this book. It’s good, but it is not at all what I expected. It had me on the edge of my seat and wondering what just hit me twice. But if I say much about it, I will completely blow the story’s twists and turns for you and I don’t want to do that.
Holden is a disgraced professional football player for the San Francisco 49ers. When he gets completely out of control with partying too hard, one of his buddies on the team offers him his isolated cabin in the woods of Colorado to escape and let himself heal. Once there, he must go through the steps of learning what he needs to do to find himself, to learn who he really is and decide where he wants to go from there.
He sees flashes of a girl in the woods and although she seems to be hiding from him, he wants to learn more. And when he meets her, he learns her name is Lily and she makes him want to get better. She makes him decide he’s going to do what he needs to do to get healthy.
Lily is both an innocent girl along with being a wise young woman. She has very unique insights into her life and the world around her and I found myself caring about her very much.
Sounds fairly simple, right? Wrong. It couldn’t be further from simple if it tried.
These characters were so unique. Their love for each other began and grew and then the world around them was pulled out from under them and things went sideways. But all the while, they both held onto the love that they had discovered for one another and it was beautiful…
I burrowed into his warm, solid chest as tears slid down my cheeks. When I leaned away from him, he used his thumbs to wipe them away. “Lily, Lily of the Night,” he murmured. “You’ve been all alone, too. You’ve been lonely just like me.” I nodded. “Yes,” I whispered. “But not just lonely…Lonely for you. Only for you.”…
This book is about as far from a conventional romance novel there is. Yet, that’s exactly what it is. And when I’d read the last page, I was still reeling from what I’d just read. This book is dramatically different than some of the more unique romance novels I’ve read. It is not paranormal, even though the synopsis could lead you to believe it might be.
It’s different. It’s creative and original. It blew my mind! Wanna blow your mind too? This one will have you wondering which end is up and a book like this – one that is about as far from predictable as it gets – is just a very entertaining and an interesting way to spend some of your reading time!
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About Mia Sheridan
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. Mia can be found online at www.miasheridan.com or www.facebook.com/miasheridanauthor.