“Why does it take a life ending to learn how to cherish each day? Why must we wait until we run out of time to start to accomplish all that we dreamed, when once we had all the time in the world? Why don’t we look at the person we love the most like it’s the last time we will ever see them? Because if we did, life would be so vibrant. Life would be so truly and completely lived.”
TWO WORDS: PILLOW DRENCHED
This was an emotional surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I’m trying to read as much authors as I can this year and Tillie Cole is on my list. This is her first book I have read and I was blown away. I was reduced into a crying ball of emotional wreckage that it took me about a week to at least form coherent thoughts.
Initially, I thought it would be something simple and teen-minded seeing as the main characters are in their teenage years. What I was not expecting was the assault of one heavy emotion to another. I cannot emphasize enough the need to have a LOT of Kleenex on hand once you start this because the tear ducts will really work overtime. This book, this is a special read, as special as special can be.
“This isn’t the end. It’s just a little pause in our lives. And I’ll be watching over you, every single day. I’ll be in your heart. I’ll be in the blossom grove that we love so much, in the sun and the wind.”
First, this is very easy to read in terms that it is fast paced and direct, no slow stops or dull moments; it just flows. But as the story flows, so will your tears because this is one of the most breathtaking stories I have read. It will just thaw your icy heart. The intensity of emotions, the growth of characters, that sudden development in the story is just insane. You will feel and you will hurt. But you will also hope. Rune’s devotion and intense love is unlike any other. Whereas Poppy just gives you hope and positivity. You will really love them and get attached to them. The secondary characters are also lovable and interesting enough, though I feel like very little was said about them in the entirety of the story but I especially adore Rune’s father, Poppy’s sisters and Jorie.
“Live hard, love harder. Chase dreams, seek adventures … capture moments. Live beautifully.”
This is a story of undying love, passion and devotion, of young love and trust, of finding the courage to embark on a journey, to forgive and be forgiven, to love and to be loved. It’s a mash up of “The Fault in our Stars and A Walk to Remember” that I can actually see this being put to film. I would have given this 5 stars but there were times when the dialogue becomes a bit too sappy and cheesy and some lines felt like they were spoken far beyond their age. Otherwise, this book is really good.
To recommend or not? I will definitely recommend this book to everyone EXCEPT for those looking for a FUN and STRESS FREE read because if that’s the case, this book is not for you. Otherwise, dive in please.
FOUR MOONBEAM HEARTS AND SUNSHINE SMILES
Blurb via Goodreads:
One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
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.