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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.
My Review ~ 5 Stars
Living in the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains is never easy. When you come from a town that is struggling to keep businesses open with limited employment prospects, things are even harder. For Tenleigh and Kyland, living below the poverty line is a fact of life. Each day holds a struggle to attend school and find enough food at the end of the day.
Both are students at the local high school and desire nothing more than to leave their circumstance behind. Tenleigh and Kyland are both exceptional students. Giving their all to academics. With a scholarship on the line, Tenleigh and Kyland dream of using the money to further their education.
Tenleigh dreams of becoming a teacher. Someone that children can look up to. An educator that helps the lives of so many through her love of books. Then there are the simple things…..more than one pair of shoes, a place to call home, and a nice bed to sleep on. For Kyland, his dreams consist of becoming an engineer. Creating projects that make a difference. To live each day without ever knowing the sting of hunger again. To leave his home in Kentucky behind and never set his eyes on his childhood home again.
Little by little, the two began to spend time together. Finding happiness in their friendship. As the two begin to spend more time together the unexpected happens….a romance begins. Both know that a relationship such as theirs can only lead to heartache. All the odds are against them, but Tenleigh and Kyland try to savor every moment that they can. Living for the moment…soaking up every moment before their lives change.
The time comes in their lives for choices. Kyland is so determined to leave that he can focus on nothing else. Tenleigh is determined to hold onto what they have and make their relationship work. Their future will be determined by one sacrifice so selfless that it will capture your heart.
What an amazing journey!! It never ceases to amaze me the way Mia Sheridan captures the heartache of real life and turns it into something beautiful. Kyland is one of the most beautiful love stories!! Each moment captures the desperation, pain, joy and beauty that exists in this world.
Nothing I write could prepare you for the way Kyland touches you all the way to the depths of your soul. It’s a story you will remember long after you turn that last page. A journey that really exists for some. Hopefully it will inspire you to be selfless in your own life!!