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?
Mia Sheridan absolutely blew me away with this book, its emotional and deeply heart-wrenchingley beautiful. A pain filled tale of courage, determination, love and sacrifice.
The characters take you on a such journey, you see through there eyes the true endurance and strength that it takes to live in such circumstances and still come out victorious and to know the meaning of true love.
Tenleigh and Kyland are unique characters in a unique story, you dont get many books showing characters who are hungry every day, live a dirt poor existence with heat, food and clothes being a luxury.
My insides hurt at the heartache and sacrifice that both Tenleigh and Kyland chose to make for each other, so that the other could have a chance at a better life away from the poverty they lived in.
I fell so completely in love with Kyland, there are so many thoughts swirling in my head about this character and this story, it is just wonderfully brilliant.
Kyland and Tenliegh have such a longing for each other no amount of time apart could break that.
The ending to this beautiful story made me smile after so many tears, i really needed that ending it finished off Kyland and Tenliegh’s tale to perfection.
This book is one of those epic love stories that stays with you long after you have finished reading. Mia Sheridan you are a genius writer.