Seriously kicking myself
for passing up on the opportunity to ARC review “A Thousands Boy Kisses”.The synopsis appealed to me, but at the time,
I wasn’t in the mood for a YA romance and decided to quietly read it at my
leisure sometime down the road.
What a foolishly dumb
This book blew up my
Facebook and Good Reads news feed, so I decided to jump.
So freaking happy I did.
Tillie Cole penned an epic romance that surpassed anything I could have ever
imagined. The YA rating and lack of heat did not take anything away from the
experience. In fact, it has become one of my top rated, all time favorite
reads. And I highly recommend it for those who are looking for that special, extremely
emotional, soul touching, timeless love story.
This destroyed me in every
way possible – I was a slobbering puffy eyed, snotty nosed mess by the end. I
will tell you, it takes a heck of a lot to bring me to tears while reading. In
fact, there are only a minuscule number of authors who can break me. Congrats
Tillie, you made the list. By the way, thank you for holding my soul in the
palm of your hand, crushing it into smithereens, and making my heart almost burst. You overwhelmed me and I
bawled my eyes out, feeling as if the heartrending events unfolding within the
story line were actually shattering my life.Honestly, there were times I could barely handle all the
somberness that consumed these characters. IT HURT and it brought me to a very
painful place. However, I do not regret a single tear I’ve shed, not one heart twisting
moment. For me, this was one of the most amazing love stories…ever.
Early on, we see the
blossoming of this couples’ friendship. Rune, an introverted little boy, lost in a new country and missing his home in Norway. He becomes fast
friends with a gleefully sweet girl named Poppy. A strong bond quickly forms
between the two, as they comfort one another over the years through thick and
thin. They are inseparable.
One day, the course of
their lives changed, as Poppy’s beloved grandmother passed away. On her
deathbed, she consoled little Poppy by gifting an empty Mason jar filled with a
thousand pink paper hearts. Poppy’s next adventure is to fill each cutout with
the memory of a special boy kiss that caused her heart to burst with excitement.
A challenge to gather the memories of a thousand kisses throughout her
lifetime. Rune decides he is the only boy Poppy’s lips will forever belong to.
And so begins a beautiful story
of destined love between two children whose hearts are forever linked. Rune
matured into a broody, angry young man, forced by his father to move back to
Norway. During their separation, Poppy mysteriously severed their connection
without any explanation. Two years have passed, and at the age of 17, a bitter
Rune returns to the US looking for answers. After a rocky reunion, and Poppy
finally unleashing her devastating secret, they rediscover not only their
friendship, but also their true love.
I fell head over heals in
love with Rune, the perfect hero who was forever loyal to Poppy in heart, body,
mind, soul and lips. From beginning to end, he captured my affections with all
his sweet, yet moody ways. On the outside, he was a rough and tough bad boy. But
buried beneath his jaded exterior, lived Poppymin’s tenderhearted ‘forever always’.
Poppy was sincere and
adorable. My heart bled when seeing all that she had endured. Strong-willed,
spirited and determined, she amazed me. She was a true heroine in every sense
of the word.
There are no adequate
words to properly describe what I experienced while fully immersed within Rune
and Poppy’s world. The entire tale wreaked havoc on my emotions and the
epilogue...sigh…you’ll need to
experience it for yourself. Tillie Cole in my opinion has outdone herself in
creating this couples’ journey, by brilliantly stringing together words
describing a transcending, infinite love that deeply touched the heart of me.