Book Title: Finding Eden
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #6
Release Date: October 5th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Finding Eden is the continuation, and conclusion, to Becoming Calder.
When the world as you know it has ended, when all that you love has been washed away, where do you find strength?
When the new world you've stepped into is as isolating as the last, when your heart is broken, and your future is unclear, where do you find hope?
Finding Eden is a story of strength, discovery, forgiveness, and undying love. It is about believing in your destiny and following the path that leads to peace.
THIS IS THE SECOND PART, AND CONCLUSION, IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS (BECOMING CALDER SHOULD BE READ FIRST).
"I love you, Butterscotch. You have the most beautiful heart of anyone I've ever met. And maybe you feel like a mess sometimes, and life is a mess sometimes, but the way I see it, you're the beauty that came from the mess."
As I write this review, I'm still reeling over how breathtaking this 2-part series is. There is nothing more that I love when a story comes back full circle and what an absolutely beautiful ending that Mia Sheridan has delivered here. Tears were pooling in my eyes as I flipped to the last page and everything since Becoming Calder just came back together perfectly.
Finding Eden is the second book in a 2-part series inspired by the astrological zodiac of Aquarius and depicts the forbidden love story of Calder and Eden.
I can't divulge into the plot of this one as it would give away spoilery details from Becoming Calder. This book picks off from the ending of Book 1 and even before 10% into the book, I was already in tears reading it. There were so many plot revelations that made me understand better the events in Book 1 and I really appreciated that as some of the events in the prior book left me feeling a little dissatisfied.
I don't know if I should blame my unstable girly hormones or Mia's exquisite writing for my constant tearing up, but what I do know is my strong fierce love for this couple. I would be lying if I said I was not utterly consumed by their unconditional love and every scene was even more powerful than the last.
Admittedly I thought I would get sick of their endless profession of love and be diabetic by the end of it, but surprisingly I wasn't. Mia continued to deliver these flawless lines that made me want to relish every single moment of it.
"And we'll spend as much time as we need just escaping from the world. That's our plan because I swear to you, my beautiful, sweet love, everyone deserves a love story that doesn't hurt."
My heart went through a turmoil with this read; it left me overwhelmed with a multitude of emotions from frustration to soaring happiness to anger and mostly heart-wrenched. But I loved every single moment of it. In fact, I fell in love so hard with this series, these endearing characters and their emotional journey. I would do it all over again.
"We were the love." I whispered. "In that moment, we were the love."
Overall, Becoming Calder/Finding Eden will go down as one of the most unforgettable series I've come to love. It's one of those series that you simply just have to read to experience and feel and let it consume you. Mia Sheridan not only just delivered a powerful love story, but a story that speaks volume on the power of healing and forgiveness.
“We have to figure out how to forgive, not for the people who wronged us, but for us. We can't keep bitterness attached to our hearts because eventually, it might become part of us—so deeply ingrained we can't work it back out. I think we have to focus on the beauty we've been given in this life, and make that the thing that defines us.”
Just a fair warning would be that this series does touch on the subject matter of religious cult (rather heavily in Becoming Calder but almost none in Finding Eden) and may come off uncomfortable for some readers.
But if you could look past that, then I would highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a refreshing read from the usual NA contemporaries, doesn't mind sugary sweet and is a complete sucker for forbidden love.
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.