“Thank you for coming for me,” I said.
Mia Sheridan is one of the most talented and compelling authors of the contemporary romance genre. Her writing is captivating and enthralling, and you can always count on her love stories to be entirely unique. No matter which book of hers you pick up, you’re guaranteed to be taken on a ride unlike any before!
This is a spoiler free review, but here’s where it gets tricky. This book was SO different that it’s nearly impossible to talk about in any context without giving away a crucial plot twist, or being misleading.
Here’s what you go into it knowing: it’s a contemporary romance standalone, and it is NOT paranormal. Here is the blurb…
Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he’s out of a job, out of the public’s good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different?
Intriguing, right?? That made me desperate to read it. So there’s something going on. It’s not paranormal. But then, this is the prologue…
I saw her everywhere. Walking down sidewalks, in crowded restaurants, once in a brief flash of dark hair and white lace right before an elevator door closed. Without thinking, my heart thundered in my chest, I’d run up four flights of stairs only to find it was someone else. Someone holding a little boy’s hand. She’d pulled him close to her side as she’d exited the elevator, looking at me warily as if I might grab him and run.
Those were the times I still doubted my own sanity, still questioned whether she had ever existed at all. But then I’d remember the feel of her fingertips on my skin, the slippery silk of her hair, the sound of her laughter, and the way I loved her still, and I’d know, I’d know, deep down to my soul that she was real.
I dreamed of her, and in the darkness, she held me in her arms. In the darkness, she whispered that I was strong enough to hold on to, that I was worthy of the love she’d given, and she reminded me of who I was before I was anyone at all…
Because now, just as then, when the daylight came, she was no longer there.
So… what could it be??? I guessed, I theorized, I flipped the pages as fast as I could to try and get answers. I needed to know what was going on! Even though I was desperate for answers, this is one of those books that you should just dive into blind. Even if I just describe to you what the story is about, then by default whatever I say will be either misleading OR inaccurate. Because of that crucial twist I mentioned earlier… In actual fact, the last paragraph of the blurb is the most accurate description of the book imaginable.
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.
I was completely captivated by the story. I could NOT put it down. The first half of the book made me swoon and fall in love while a dozen theories formed in my mind. At the halfway mark, that first twist left me reeling — WOAH!!! And the second half of the book flew by as I tried to piece together everything that was happening. In the interest of honesty though, I will say that I was not satisfied the ending. I finished the book feeling… confused. I’m the kind of reader who loves twists, but by the end of the book, I want to fully feel like I’m “in the loop”. I felt there were a lot of blanks that I was left to fill in on my own, and my personal preference would be that, even if it was right in the end, the reader had been ‘let in’ on what was actually happening in a more direct and explicit manner. Like, I still have questions. To clarify, I really enjoyed this book as a whole and wouldn’t want a single thing that already exists in it to be changed. Everything there is amazing, unique, and beautifully written. However, I felt it needed a more at the end to round out the story and bring it full circle… Just a little more explanation and clarity.
But however you look at it, one thing remains undeniable and that is that the message this book drove home about love finding a way no matter what the circumstances was beautiful. Truly beautiful.
Where do you land?
In your arms. I land in your arms, and you land in mine.
Rating: 4 stars. Standalone.