Title: Preston’s Honor
Author: Mia Sheridan
Rating: 5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was a stunning, beautiful, heartfelt and emotional read. It was raw, honest and completely heartbreaking. This book completely broke me and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Like every Mia Sheridan book, it did not disappoint. This is one of my favourites from the author (right up there with Archer’s Voice) and one of my favourite reads for the year. This is a wonderful example of a friends-to-lovers and second chance romance.
Annalia Del Valle came from poor beginnings as the daughter as an Mexican immigrant women who worked on the Sawyer farm for awhile. At a young age, Annalia meets two boys that would change her life– identical twin brothers, Cole and Preston Sawyer. Over the years as they got older so did their feelings. Cole is the fun and outgoing twin while Preston is more serious and honorable one. Annalia was sweet but secretive and because of her circumstances she felt unworthy and unwanted. She never wanted to be a bother to anyone and felt herself to be dirty. They both loved her in their own way and she in hers but only one truly held her heart.
“Yes, I loved two brothers- identical twins- but it was only one soul that spoke to mine. One soul I’d always belonged to.”
There was a lot of hurt, jealously, miscommunication and heartbreak when two brothers like the same girl. The situation was complicated and more often then not Preston felt himself living in the shadow of his brother. Because of Preston’s sense of honor he doesn’t make a play for Lia even though he has strong feelings for her and breaks his heart a little. Lia is confused by the brothers behavior and even though she knows her own feelings the situation is much more complicated.
The story starts in the present with Annalia returning home, where we have a dual point of views that travels through flashbacks of their childhood and teen years before returning back to finish the story. The book had me completely captivated and emotionally invested int he story. Throughout, the characters went through trials and endured pain and hurt that always seemed to put them a step behind in finding their own happiness.
Although Lia and Preston have always loved each other, there has always been circumstances that prevented them from getting together. But when tragedy strikes there is no foundation for their relationship and instead of acting as support for the other they end up hurting each other and don’t communicate their feelings. So when things get brought to a point instead of fighting they run. Thus leading to a second chance of love.
“There was still life in us, a small spark that had never gone out despite the cold that had engulfed us. The hope of that spark filled my chest so full so suddenly that I sucked in a breath and looked up at Preston.”
Lia and Preston get to know each other on a deeper level as they start sharing and communicating their thoughts and secrets to give their family a chance. It was beautiful watching their relationship unfold as they began to trust and lean on the other.
“Looking into her eyes, I saw my past and my future. I saw the young girl who had spat a half-eaten strawberry into my brother;s hand. I saw an amazing, strong woman, who had the courage to come back to me. I saw my love, my heart, my home.”
“I’d always been a dreamer, but now, now I was sharing those dreams with the man I loved, and suddenly the whole world felt so big– big and bright and endlessly glorious.”
This was a stunning read and I absolutely loved it. Mia Sheridan did not disappoint. There is so much to the story that is best led to be discovered for yourself. It will leave you brokenhearted but by the end your heart will be put back together. A truly exceptional read.