Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk.
Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.
Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.
They're both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?
Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
This is a book about sacrifice, living within your means, and making do with what you have and being content. These kids aspired to have more and worked hard in school to make a better life for themselves but at the end only one could be chosen for a scholarship that would assure a future for them. As much as they tried, they couldn't help but make a connection. When you're bonded together in this kind of adversity, sometimes just having someone to talk to and someone who knows exactly what you are going through can make feel like they are your lifeline. How far your willing to go for a person to ensure they get what they deserve, to leave a place and give them a chance to live even if you sacrifice yourself in their place.
I think Sheridan has either watch as many documentations as I have or had researched the life of the people of the Appalachian Mountains very well. She had every detail down to the Mountain Dew right. Her character are so richly woven together and even her secondary characters well developed. I feel like this could have been a mini-series and I would have sit there and watched for days. This was one of those books that makes you consider your way of thinking about things, are you really thankful for what you have been given in life? This story will probably stay with me for a very long time, and I'm glad it will, I think it is one that had a lesson in it.
5 heartfelt stars