By Mia Sheridan
October 5, 2014
There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.
In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.
In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.
Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.
THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, RELEASES SIMULTANEOUSLY. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
We have met some amazing characters in the Sign of Love Series...Archer, Leo and Carson. As much as I loved them, Calder may have taken the top of the list for me.
Growing up in a cult was all that Calder knew. Until the fateful day he see's Eden, the world shifts for him. He may only be a young boy but he knows that Eden will be a significant person in his life.
The life in which Calder leads is about working for the better of his community without question. Living without power, indoor plumbing,modern medicine and simple pleasures like candy. As a child and young man, Calder begins to question all he has been taught and has a feeling that Acadia isn't what their leader claims it to be.
The friendship that blossoms between the two is known to be wrong. Calder knows that his feeling for Eden can not be returned. Eden was brought to Acadia with the intent to be married to their leader when she comes of age. But even with only the occasional glance, the connection is made. The morning glory's that Calder leaves for Eden to find and the butterscotch candies, she leaves for Calder is sometimes the only interaction they have with each other.
"Morning glory. As pretty as a flower, as strong as a weed."
Calder and Eden find their private oasis, a spring hidden from others that they can call their own. It's at this spring they learn about each other, from each other and make plans for a life outside of Acadia.
Calder-“I’m going to take you away from here, to a place where my bed is your bed, and my home is your home. And in that place, I’ll never be more than an arm’s reach from you.”Eden-"How could this be a sin when my heart was bursting with love for this strong, kind, incredible boy- the one who had taught me all the things brave and beautiful? How could this be a sin when it was the most joyful moment of my life?"
I found this book to be a mix of sadness, triumph, love, hate, bliss, despair, joy and misery.
These two children are living in a life that has no happy ending. They are destined, per their leader, to die and go to Elysium. It's not an if but a when. To live your life with your impending death that will come once Eden and Hector marry, is something that I can't imagine knowing is coming,
To find joy and happiness in Acadia is something that most can not find, but Calder and Eden have made it possible. This heart wrenching story will haunt you for days to come. The need to read Finding Eden will over take your thoughts, so when you purchase this book, just go ahead and get Finding Eden because you will NEED to know how their story ends.
This book at times, took my breath away. I cried and had to put my kindle down because I couldn't go on. Mia Sheridan has absolutely outdone herself and has made this book (and Finding Eden) on my top 5 of my all time favorite books...EVER...
Becoming Calder and Finding Eden will both be release simultaneously on October 5. If you are able, you need to schedule a day off, call in sick and charge your kindle, because these books could possibly be the best books you will read this year.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Link to Amazon Pre-order: http://tinyurl.com/pe2uz7q
An ARC was provided for an honest review
About the Author:
Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven. Mia can be found online at www.miasheridan.com or www.facebook.com/miasheridanauthor