Mia Sheridan brings together two lonely people in a unique story of acceptance, recovery and the discovery. Once again she proves she is a master writer and storyteller as she proves love comes in all shapes and forms. Mia’s books are so meaningful and exceptionally beautiful you are frequently in tears or just need a moment to absorb the words. My heart absolutely ached for both Gabriel and Ellie and their traumatic pasts that they both dealt with in extremely different ways.
If you've read the magnificent ‘Archer's Voice’, you'll adore Gabriel and his intuitive observations. Gabriel is kind, gentle and has this sense of calmness about him. He has such a warm disposition and a positive outlook on life. His interactions with people leave them feeling valued. He also has a very vulnerable side to him and he wants to explore that more so he can take more steps to move forward in his personal life. This is how he meets Ellie.
Ellie lives week to week, struggling to get by in a job she hates but she has no choice in staying as she needs to survive financially. Gabriel is a customer and she catches his eye. It is not her beauty that grabs his interest however rather he can sense something else in her, an ability to mask pain and he really wants to get to know her... ‘If eyes were the windows to the soul, I’d witnessed the CLOSED sign being flipped over within the speed of a single blink. How long had it taken her to master that?’
Once again, like all of Mia’s books there is drama and angst galore in ‘Most of all You’ and although a love story, this is one very much based on the building of a very beautiful yet fragile friendship. ‘Our pasts-and our hearts-aligned in such a way that we were meant to heal each other.’
From the heartbreaking prologue to the very last page, I was held captive by the beautiful words that Mia weaved into such an incredible story. It truly is a work of art... 5 beautiful Stars.
'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!
I wanted to go to the end of this book from about 25% just to make sure that the characters got thier HEA because if they didn't I would have been shattered ... the writing here is flawless and the love breaks your heart. Great story well crafted.
This book was both tragically heart wrenching and wonderfully heart fulfilling in the BEST possible ways. Mia Sheridan always slays with her words, and Most of All, You was no different. I'm so glad I read this book.
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.
What a heart wrenching story. Mia Sheridan definitely knows how to pull you in and keep you tossing and turning with this gripping yet raw story of love.
I cried, I screamed and I wanted to hurl something at someone; these are the feelings that Mia had evoked in me when I read this story. I know it doesn’t seem like I enjoyed it but that’s the furthest from the truth. I get hooked on stories like these, the ones that grip your heart in places that make you feel uncomfortable and question your sense of comfort.
I absolutely was engrossed in every chapter, holding onto my breathe with every word. The characters were just so broken that you wouldn’t think that hope could be their saviour. Their lives cross in the most unpredictable way, that you start to question how can, two lost souls possibly have a chance at any kind of happiness. You just feel utterly destroyed by their pasts and what they have endured.
I absolutely recommend this masterpiece to every soul out there looking for hope in the most inconspicuous places.