'Most of All You', by Mia Sheridan, was such a beautiful, but confronting and raw story. Mia's trademark 'emotions' were ever-present in this heartfelt narrative about two lonely, broken people (Gabriel and Crystal/Ellie) and their journey toward healing, love, friendship and acceptance.
What I liked about 'Most of All You': 1. As usual, Mia was patient and sensitive regarding the unfolding of the plot and the MC's growing relationship. 2. Links and questions all came together in the conclusion (except, I wondered about William 😁). 3. The plot was multilayered, unique and thought-provoking. 4. Gabriel, oh Gabriel! 5. Mia's natural story-telling skills. 6. I am always impressed by how Mia shows the cathartic power of love.
My only criticisms: the final third(ish) seemed a little crowded and it didn't engage me quite as much as the preceding chapters. Was it just me, or did Mia change her style a little in this book? Admittedly, I need to be in the right 'head-space' to read Mia Sheridan because I know I'll be moved and the experience will stay with me. My favourite remains 'Archer's Voice', but 'Most of All You' was certainly a good read.
4.5 Stars - I really enjoyed Eloise aka Crystal and Gabriel's story. It had enough drama that was not over the top and their relationship progression was slow but steady. The only thing I would question was how fast Gabriel got over his intimacy issues once he met Crystal after having issues since childhood due to his past. Other than that a great read!
Most of All You is such a beautifully, sad but uplifting book. Written in true Mia Sheridan style, it was an easy book to get lost in. This author has always had a way with words, the emotions she evokes from readers always comes to the fore when you pick up her books. Not an initial page turner for me, even though the prologue is heart wrenching, but more of a slow dive into a rapturous story. I didn’t devour this book, but I find all Mia Sheridan’s reads are the same - like an unhurried walk through the park - I use my time to take in my surroundings.
Gabriel and Crystal’s story is quite unique and I absolutely appreciated that it was. No cookie cutter, guilty pleasure read here. A well thought our plot with engaging characters throughout. Two broken people finding something they never thought they would in one another. Both have horrendous paths, live a wary life but converge to find themselves in one another, their road is not an easy one.
I granted this four stars as I felt a little let down with the direction in which the author took Gabriel - more like what wasn’t said, I think. The character development lacked here for me. While Most of All You is very much about Gabriel and Crystal’s life in the here and now, I felt that very little attention was made to Gabriel’s experience in his past. It was very specific and the detail, for me, was lacking. I was left looking for more detail to that point in his life.
Can’t fault Mia Sheridan’s writing, as always, her descriptive imagery is quite astounding, bringing the reader into the fold with a lexicon of scenery. I didn’t find this book as engrossing as some of her earlier. Most of All You has a very sweet edge to it despite its dark themes, perhaps a little too sweet for my tooth. Very much worth the read, however.