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Midnight Lily by [Sheridan, Mia]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1268 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mia Sheridan (1 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A0DLBOU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Midnight Lily is a hauntingly mysterious love story that unravels in the most unexpected and enchanting way, dealing with complex issues and two lost souls - it is totally original. This story begins as a man (Holden, ex-Football Hero) has hit rock bottom and is in need of a place to rehabilitate from his self destructive behaviour. His chance comes in the form of his friend's remote cabin in the woods. He's depressed and full of self pity. His mental state is rocky due to a crazy combination of sleep deprivation, chemicals, and poor choices. When he begins to see a flash of white in the woods, he has no clue if he is high or going crazy but it becomes a compulsion to figure out what is going on. Lily was an enigma- is she a girl, a woman, a ghost? She was intriguing and mysterious and a bright spot in his darkness. He was desperately in need of change and she appeared in all her innocence and beauty just when he needed her, but there was so much going on under the surface. My favourite line, “I'll take whatever I can get, Lily of the Night." I smiled and kissed her again. "We still have the forest.”
HOWEVER this is not just any story.... It's not just a whimsical love story - don't be fooled, it is mutli-layered and incredibly complex.
The story unravels in a mesmerising way that kept me on edge, almost breathless at times and completely invested in the characters and their story. It was told in dual points of view with some flashbacks, the characters were complex, multi-faceted, and had flaws but I found myself cheering for them as I was caught up in their growing bond and soul deep connection.
The twist mid way was totally unexpected. I won't give much away but to say this book bravely harnesses the complexity of mental illness.
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By meg TOP 10 REVIEWER on 27 June 2016
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Midnight Lily might not be a story for everyone, but I found it hauntingly beautiful and an exceptional read. Very left of centre! Maybe you need to go into it with a mind for fantasy, mixed with a little 'twilight zone'.

Readers will either connect or not as the story touches on themes including lost/found, hurt/healing and acceptance/rejection.

Holden is a footballer at the top of his game. He has everything, but it all seems to spiral out of control. He heads for Colorado to question, reflect and rejuvenate. Lonely and depressed, Holden comes across Lily at night, flitting through the woods. Is she real or is he hallucinating?

Holden and Lily's journey has twists, is quite spellbounding, odd, dark, and in a sense, is magical. It's difficult to discuss the complex plot more without giving away an 'essential' to the storyline, so I have to stop and just talk in general terms to avoid a spoiler.The underlying subject is not one many writers would tackle, but Mia does it justice. I have to wonder how she comes up with her different book scenarios, and Midnight Lily is certainly different!

For me, Midnight Lily is a memorable book and I can promise you hours of pondering if you read it. I downloaded this narrative when it was first released, but have only just read it...the reason...I just wasn't sure what to make of the blurb and I didn't know if I was up for the ride at the time. However, it was an experience that has had an impact on me, as all Mia Sheridan books do.

***love the cover, btw***
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By mac007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2016
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Found the story shifted to prove the instability of the characters minds beyond actuality.
Fiction thus is.
The H and h struggle with their own psychiatric issues.
Have read books like this that gel better.
A little too surreal.
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The complexities within the storyline were poorly dealt with, leaving me the reader bored. I understand what she wanted to achieve but she failed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I certainly walked in beauty reading this book! 3 March 2016
By Wendy LeGrand - Published on Amazon.com
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This has got to be one of the most complex, multi-layered stories I have read in a very long time. I really don't know how Mia came up with the premise of this book, but in my opinion it is nothing short of brilliant. Oh, to have lived inside her head while she wrote this book would have been one heck of a mindbender!

As usual, her writing is flawless, the words on the page absolutely beautiful, poetic, lyrical. I have to admit that for the majority of the story, I had no idea if what I was reading was real or not real, true or not true. I second guessed myself at the turn of almost every page. I could not put this book down, trying desperately not to rush through to see what was going to happen next because I just knew that with the way Mia wrote this, there were clues hidden all throughout the story, and it was up to me as the reader to find them and try to draw my own conclusions before she so mercifully puts us out of our misery with a beautiful ending to a beautiful, if unconventional, love story!

I will end my review with this. Please read this book! Don't read a whole bunch of reviews and get your head into any specific mindset before you start, and certainly do not read anything that says there are spoilers. Go into this book with a clear mind and just experience it. If you are anything like me, you will probably want to turn around and start reading it over again just to see what clues you missed along the way that would have made the story mean something else for you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending ruined it. 3.5 stars 8 March 2016
By Angela S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Midnight Lily started out as a really strong 4.5 star read for me. I loved Holden’s struggle, the mystery surrounding Lily, and the way her love gave him the motivation to heal. Somewhere around the 70% mark though, the story seems to lose its way. I couldn’t validate Lily’s actions and her grandmother is a constant irritant. Some of the dialogue between Lily and Holden also becomes rather trite. Having two sympathetic protagonists you can root for is a huge plus though, and the twists and unique plot definitely sucked me in. It’s a bit of a mind blower, but I was fairly satisfied with the conclusion – until the epilogue.

**** SPOILER ****

Maybe I’m just too dense, but the epilogue was odd, confusing, and left me with too much of a “Who Shot JR?” feeling. It kind of ruined it for me.

**** SPOILER ****

While Midnight Lily isn’t my favorite book by Mia Sheridan, I respect her creativity and I’m sure the story will resonate with many readers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me confused and frustrated. 29 September 2016
By Tiffany (Read All the Romance) - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I guess it was bound to happen eventually. I finally read a Mia Sheridan book that I didn't like. I've read so many of her books and adored most of them, but I don't recommend this one.

(A note about the audio version: I can't see myself ever rereading this, so I've returned it to Audible. Speaking of which, I had issues with the female narrator, who spoke so slowly that I had to increase the narration speed. She also had a weird way of over-enunciating, which was distracting.)

When Midnight Lily opens, disgraced NFL quarterback Holden Scott is in trouble. He's been partying too hard and taking too many prescription pills. He needs to get his life together. His good friend lets him stay at a remote lodge so that Holden can detox and get better. That's where Holden meets Lily.

Lily is intensely mysterious. She wanders around the edge of the lodge property and in the woods. At first, I wasn't sure what to make of her. Is she a ghost? A time traveler? A hallucination? A homeless person? Holden doesn't know what to think either, but he's drawn to her for reasons that he doesn't understand.

Lily and Holden fall in love very quickly. This is where the story started to falter for me. The reason for this is explained later, but I still had trouble with the timeline and surrounding circumstances.

There's also an enormous plot twist that dictates the second part of the story, which I can't fully explain without completely spoiling it. But this shift in the plot made the storyline extremely confusing for me and lessened my enjoyment of the book. I had to go back in my mind and run everything I'd read up until that point through a filter to try to make sense of what was happening. Yet, I was still confused.

I also think this book should come with trigger warnings galore because personally, I might not have read the book if I'd known all the intense, heavy subjects that it tackles. And it tackles quite a few.

Lastly, the sex scenes seemed to lack sincere emotion. They struck me as sort of generic and not particularly meaningful in the context of Holden and Lily's relationship. I'm not used to making these comments about a Mia Sheridan book, so I found this especially surprising because normally, her writing is so beautiful and emotional.

Suffice it to say that I liked the first part of the book before the plot twist but really struggled with the rest. I didn't like feeling constantly confused and frustrated. When the book was over, I just felt relieved that I could move on to reading something else. All in all, not a good read for me.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, mysterious, unique. Do not let this one get away!!!!! Invite a friend or two to read - You WILL need them :) :) 2 March 2016
By AC Book Blog (Anne) - Published on Amazon.com
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Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan ~ 5 Stars

"Contemporary romance. Non-Paranormal.
Stand-alone (sign of love novel, inspired by Virgo)
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18."

“She walks on beauty, like the night. Of cloudless climes and starry skies; and all that’s best of dark and bright.”

OMG!!! WHOA! Mia surprised me with this one. Clever, that one! She snuck this story in and managed to blow my mind and knock me on my a** completely. Three days after I finished, my stomach is in knots and my mind is still reeling. I am constantly stalking the ML forum hoping for some assurance that I have not lost my mind.

Holden (“boy scout”) is a star of professional football for the 49ers. Life is seemingly perfect for him, with no shortage of women and money, but that kind of lifestyle finally caught up with him and he lost it all – his job, his perfect image, and perhaps a little bit of his mind. Holden’s best buddy thought it would be a good idea to send Holden on a retreat to his private property in a remote forest in Colorado. Holden thought he will find peace and quiet and time for reflection; the last thing he expects was to spot an elusive beauty in white under the moonlight – a person Holden calls “Lily of the Night”. But who is Lily? Is she real or just a figment of his imagination? What about Holden? He sure is a hot successful athlete but is he really everything he says he is?

“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.”

For the first half of the book, the story is set surrounding the lodge deep within the forest. I think that is a genius idea for a setting because it is calm and simple - the reader can focus solely on the characters without any outside plot or secondary characters. This is where Lily and Holden met, explore the wilderness, their souls connect, and they fall in love. Just when Holden is trying to get his life back together, Lily disappears out of thin air. The second half of the book took place back at Holden home town of San Francisco where he tries to put the pieces of his life and his broken heart back together. Hold is desperate to find some sort of normalcy and perhaps reality. For nearly a year, Holden lives in an elusive state of mind – everywhere he goes he seems to sense Lily’s presence but yet she is not really there. Lily has to be real right? He can still feel and remember her tender touch. But has he imagined it all? Maybe, it’s just hallucinations that play with his mind? How can Holden find peace and healing when his only soul-mate is no longer by his side?

“We will never be perfect or without flaws, the lives we’ve been given are not like that. But, Lily, in my heart, you are perfect for me. Perfectly mine. And I’m yours.”

In my opinion, Mia outdid herself with this one. She completely hit the ball out of the park. This book is so unique – nothing like what Mia has written in the past. What is Midnight Lily really about? A famous football star? Addiction? Mental disorders? You will find that your perception of what this book is about will change as the story unfolds. The two characters are exquisitely written - both complex, flawed, fragile, and haunting. Holden is intense, sexy but quite gentle. Lily is beautiful and mysterious. They both have damaged pasts but despite the sadness circumstances they still possess such beautiful hearts and souls.

“…Lily and me there will always be uncertainty. It’s love that will make it bearable. No matter what, it will always be our one sure thing, our one constant. It will always be the light to lead us from the darkness.”

I can not say much more about the story, how it ends or whether they will have a HEA. That is entirely up to your interpretation. Let your imagination runs wild - that's the beauty of reading :). My advice is that you will need to read every word written, pay attention to every detail, description of characters and their conversations and interactions. Because just when you think you have figured it out you will find yourself screaming angrily at the screen. WTH did that just say? I read, and re-read certain parts of the book and the epilogue several times to make sure my sleepy eyes did not betray me and that what I thought I read wasn’t all my own imagination. When I finished the book I thought I had lost my mind. I was totally dazed, confused, a little bit sad, and needing answers. So when you have finished this book and found yourself in the same predicament – just know you are not alone . Despite all that Holden and Lily went through and their circumstances just know that fate and love is what kept them alive and content. How you see the ending is up to you. Personally, I am at peace – life isn’t perfect. At least, I think that is a message that Mia is trying to convey. In Mia’s words Holden and Lily are “okay, more than okay” so my heart is much lighter knowing that they always have the forest – their sanctuary where life is simple and love is unconditional and endless.

“Most people only get to fall in love with their beloved once. I get to fall in love with you over and over in a hundred different lives. How lucky am I?”

Midnight Lily really is a masterpiece in my opinion. It’s a gorgeous love story with a completely distinctive plot – proving once again Mia’s brilliant mind. Her writing is simply stunning. I have read all her books and this incredible story will not be forgotten. I find this story profound because I do take away a life lesson or two. Yes, Midnight Lily is definitely a gorgeous love story but I am here to tell you it is so so so much more.

“Happy ever after doesn’t mean a lifetime of perfection…. It means loving forever, despite all the many reasons it’s easier not to.”

I think Mia was hesitant about publishing this gorgeous book. Mia’s husband’s advice – “Honey, take a chance” (yes, yes don’t judge me but I LOVE LOVE reading the acknowledgements ) - I feel lucky and absolutely delighted that Mia decided to put this story out there for us all to enjoy. Midnight Lily is beautiful, mysterious, unique, captivating. Don’t let this one get away!!!!

“Life can still hold miracles, even very small ones.”

*** I was fortunate to review an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just dive in and prepare to be surprised! 3 March 2016
By Liv - Published on Amazon.com
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Sign of Love: Virgo
‘Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, destined to live half her life in darkness, and half in the light.’
*
“Fate is the language God uses to speak to us, baby. It’s up to us to listen, though.” ~Nyala

Author Mia Sheridan proved yet again why she is a must-read author for me. The story was bold and unique, and the writing was wonderfully flawless. I loved the authentic nature of the various relationships (platonic, familial, doctor-patient and romantic) revealed in this mysterious love story.

Writing style: Dual POVs

Cover (front and back): I've seen the full book design posted on Author Mia Sheridan's Facebook page, so I have to comment on both. I love the purple and grey tones and the cover model on the front who perfectly represents Lily. The back cover has an intriguing Gothic and haunting design that piqued my interest about the story even further. Overall, the cover is simply perfect.

5 Greats
1. The sweet nature of the lead characters’ romance was lovely.

2. The layered twist was incredible. I guessed part of it but not all of the ins and outs of it. I love to be surprised and may have been further surprised if I hadn’t accidentally seen an inferred spoiler before my read started.

3. The question of sanity versus insanity was extremely interesting and realistically handled in my non-expert opinion. I’m not a mental health expert though, so I have no idea of how accurately depicted the related treatment and recovery issues were portrayed. But to me, they seemed highly plausible in light of the casually known treatment history for mental illness.

4. Nyala’s wisdom bombs – I loved her! She actually reminded me of someone I know in real life who suffers with annual winter depression but has a day job, writes and performs her own comedy acts. It was refreshing to make such a connection with this supporting character.

5. The observations about grief, recovery and coping methods were highly relatable to me.

A top favorite quote:

“…there will always be uncertainty. It’s love that will make it bearable. No matter what, it will always be our one sure thing, our one constant. It will always be the light to lead us from the darkness.”

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