Friday, March 18, 2016

A Thousand by Kisses by Tillie Cole- 5+ star favorite!

A Thousand Boy Kisses
by Tillie Cole
Release Date: March 15th

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.
For ages 14 and up. 

Christy's 5+ star review: 

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Live hard, love harder. Chase dreams, seek adventures… capture moments. Live beautifully.

Every once in a while, you read a book that completely turns your world upside down. It happens every so often, and when it does, your heart is so full you feel like it could burst. I wish I could express how much this book impacted me, how much I felt while I read it, but the words to convey just how wonderful it was aren’t going to be enough. I guess I could quote Tillie herself and say that this book is as special as special can be . It’s one of those rare books that I want to give all the stars too! I loved it so much.

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Tillie is a favorite of mine, and when I heard she had a new YA book coming out I jumped for joy! I love YA and I love her writing so I figured it would be a great read. I didn’t realize just how good it would be. I didn’t realize it would be the kind of book that moved me and captivated me.

Poppy and Rune meet when they are 5 years old. They are neighbors and they quickly become the best of friends. Poppy’s mamaw gives Poppy a jar when she’s just a kid. A jar to fill with kisses. 1000 boy kisses to be exact. Rune, even at a young age, decides he will be the one to give Poppy these kisses. It can’t be anyone else.

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Rune and Poppy spend their childhood together and in love. Rune ends up having no choice but to go to his native country of Norway and to do the unthinkable… leave Poppy behind. No matter how temporary he can’t imagine ever leaving his girl.

This was Poppymin. the girl who would run to the blossom grove, laughing and dancing all the way… I couldn’t leave her. She couldn’t leave me. She needed me. I needed her.
No matter what this couple goes through, no separation, no silence, could ever stop them from being together. They were meant to be.

Rune and Poppy are both amazing characters. I loved Rune’s love and devotion for his Poppy. And Poppy… one of the best heroines I’ve ever read! She had the most fantastic attitude no matter what was happening in life. For such a young girl, she was someone I looked up to and admired.

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Tillie Cole is one of my favorite authors. This is by far her best book yet. These two characters and their story are completely unforgettable. This story isn’t always easy to read. It’s not a light read. It’s heavy. I had tears rolling down my face more often than I did not. It was heartbreakingly beautiful, but by the end, I had the biggest smile on my face. I promise you it is worth every single tear you will shed. It isn’t a book you want to miss out on. This is going on that list of one of my top favorite books EVER! If you haven’t read it yet, don’t miss out!

“Poppy and Rune. Two halves of the same whole.”

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