Rest with Romance: “Most of All You” will raise your romance standards


Graphic by Rahma Shaikh

Two broken souls healing each other and learning to love in a healthy way: “Most of All You,” written by Mia Sheridan, has the best delivery of that romantic trope.

The book follows Eloise Cates, a broken woman as a result of her traumatic life, and Gabriel Dalton, a man struggling with his own internal conflict because of his tragic childhood. The two meet early in the book, feeling drawn to each other and a need to save one another from their respective troubles. As a result of their interactions, Eloise and Gabriel bond over their painful lives and eventually learn to feel more comfortable with loving themselves and each other.

This book has become one of my favorites. The romantic connection the two characters share is undeniable and it becomes more clear as the book progresses. Sheridan did a wonderful job establishing Eloise and Gabriel as individuals before diving into their romantic relationship. My initial standards for the book began to rise with each sweet moment they shared. 

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I found myself connecting to these characters as I read. I loved their intimate characterization — Eloise and Gabriel felt real and relatable. Both Eloise and Gabriel had been hiding behind their flaws before they found each other, but toward the end of the book, the two characters grew as individuals and as a couple.

The quotes were one of my favorite parts of the book. I sometimes annotate my books to remember certain moments or quotes in chapters and this book became one of my most annotated. There were many beautifully written moments throughout this piece. My favorite quote that I believe captured the true depth of Eloise’s growth was, “I’m a woman, with a heart and a soul, and with pain and regrets. I’ve made mistakes and poor choices, but I don’t deserve to be hit. I don’t deserve to be used.” Sheridan’s writing of self-acceptance sold this book for me.

If you’re looking for a book that includes exquisite writing, important lessons of self-love and memorable moments, Mia Sheridan’s “Most of All You” will not leave you disappointed.