Reviews

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 Midnight Lily 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. Holden 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. 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.”

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