Title: Most of All You
Author: Mia Sheridon
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: 17 Oct 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads
A broken woman . . .
Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.
A man in need of help . . .
Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.
Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .
Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.
From the very first page Mia Sheridon holds your heart in her hands, her words have the power to shift emotions seismically.
Most of All You is raw and emotional yet there is a thread of hope that is a powerful yet subtle presence through the narrative. Beautiful, heart-breaking and restorative – prepare to have your heart broken and put back together in a new a stronger form.
Daniel and Ellie have had to deal with the most heinous of situations in their young lives, while their experiences have shaped their identities; one has gained strength and determination from the trauma while the other has become defined by their suffering. Burying emotional pain and believing you deserve the negative things that happen can lead to a very bitter and pessimistic existence, adding more agony to the burden already being carried.
Daniel is an inspiration, taking comfort and expressing gratitude for the simplest of things, bring peace and contentment to his life. Although he does hope to bring further happiness into his life with a relationship and intimacy. Which is how he meets Ellie, in the hope of overcoming his aversion to physical closeness.
Ellie has suffered more than one person ever should, but worse than that is her acceptance of all of the negative events that have happened to her. The most heartbreaking part for me, was how Ellie desperately craves love and affection and has only ever been used and abused. Until Daniel.
The connection between Ellie and Daniel is instinctual, it is as if they recognise the pain both has experienced in the other. Their kindred spirits bring to mind soulmates, they truly belong together, having the ability to understand the other in ways no-one else would.
However, the problem between Daniel and Ellie is Ellie’s inability to believe and accept Daniel’s love due to all of her emotional damage. If you are unable to believe and love yourself you will always question how and why anyone else would be able to love you, creating an underlying tension to any relationship.
I admired Ellie’s inner strength even if she didn’t recognise it herself. Ellie was able to see the damage her negativity would ultimately create in her relationship with Daniel, and she was courageous enough to do something about it.
Both Daniel and Ellie have to confront their own personal demons in different ways in order to move forward with their lives and gain the happiness they truly deserve ♥