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, 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***
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. “Life can still hold miracles, even very small ones. And maybe if there were enough small doses of joy, sprinkled just often enough, I'd survive.” That is the talent of an amazing storyteller. She took this story to places I never expected, but made me believe in it. It was riveting, emotional, complex and full of twists. This story was an incredibly intense read for me and quite different from the romances I usually gravitate to. Nonetheless, I was absolutely taken by the story line, hooked on these characters’ journey and their broken souls. It was hauntingly beautiful, so devastatingly dark and painful but, I savoured every moment I spent in their world.
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.
Wow, I've never read a romance like this! Plot twists right until the end. Definitely read this if you would like a break from traditional romance storylines but still want a beautiful hero and heroine, that love each other above everything else.