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Book Review – Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

From the very first paragraph of the very first page of Becoming Calder, I was completely captivated. This is a powerful story of first experiences, forbidden love, and hopeless situations. It’s about bravery and sacrifice and the lengths that we would go to for the people we love. 

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.

The story starts off with the prologue being told from Edens POV. She’s in a pretty desperate situation and her helplessness screams off the page at you. I had tears in my eyes as I willed her to keep going, to not give up. As the prologue comes to a close, we head back and learn how Eden got to this point in her life…and this is where we meet Calder. 

Calder and Eden are living in a religious community that is cut off from the rest of the world. They have strict rules to abide by which are set by the community’s leader, Hector. They live a simple life with no modern conveniences and are schooled from a young age on obedience, scripture and the virtues of living a simple life away from the evils of the rest of the world. They live their lives for a greater purpose – to serve their Gods so that one day they will live eternally along side them in Elysium.

Calder and Eden both have very different purposes in the commune. Calder is a ‘worker’, a lower member of the community, and Eden is to marry Hector and lead their people by his side. But from they moment Calder and Eden laid eyes on each other they are truly ‘meant to be’. Their paths were always on a collision course and over the years a couple of innocent moments of friendship and warmth develop into something deeper. A love that is so strong and so right that they would forsake everything and everyone to be together. 

“Where do you find your strength, Morning Glory?” 

“From you”

The enormity of the situation between Calder and Eden can be felt throughout every page of the book. I felt on edge and almost breathless at times wondering how this love story could ever work. This is the story of forbidden love at it’s deepest. Their situation was desperate and hopeless. It makes you want to jump in the pages and do something, ANYTHING to help them find their way. I was celebrating small victories one moment and screaming about the injustice of it all the next. 

The world they live in is so far removed from anything most people will experience in their lives but Mia Sheridan’s brilliant ability to weave a story and capture her audience brings it all to life. Their story is completely engrossing and I felt like I was there with them at times. I could see it all play out in my head and I LOVED every second of it. The emotion, the heartbreak, the desperation and love all had me unable to tear my eyes away. 

“Until there is no breath in my body and my bones have turned to dust, you, my love, you and no other,”

Calder and Eden stole my heart, and their story will stay with me for a long time. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story plays out in Finding Eden, which is also due to release on the same day as Finding Calder. I LOVE that Mia Sheridan has done it this way so we aren’t waiting around for a year to learn the fate of Calder and Eden. This story is so emotional that you will be diving into Finding Eden the second Finding Calder is done. 


* ARC received in exchange for review

* Images via the authors Facebook page 

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