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.
Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.
For ages 14 and up.
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
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This is one of those books. The ones that are special, the ones that stand out in your mind when you think about the books that impacted you the most. There is no doubt in my mind that years from now, I will remember these characters with crystal clarity. I can count on one hand the books that have tore me apart and demolished my peace of mind like this one. There really is no adequate way to explain what you're in for when you step inside Poppy and Rune's world.
It's a world filled with kisses that make your heart burst.
Moonbeam hearts and sunshine smiles.
Best friends and soulmates who belong in each other's arms.
A boy and a girl who burn bright and blindingly beautiful together.
There is so much to say about this book, but to tell you anything about where they take you and what you see would be doing a huge disservice to the author and what she created in this story. It would diminish the impact of what you are meant to feel, which is a million different things or more.
When I opened up A Thousand Boy Kisses, I believed I would be reading a simple and most likely sweet story about young love. Well, take the simple out of the equation, and add deep and impactful to your expectations because it's so much more than what you've bargained for. Tillie Cole is the kind of author who writes in a way that reaches inside of you and compels you to listen. Every book of hers I read, it solidifies my admiration for her ability to carry me away so effortlessly. For those few hours I'm lost inside her story, all I can do is turn the pages and attempt to contain my emotions.
Poppy was a heroine with an exquisitely pure heart. She was unique, carefree, and was much wiser than her years. She reveled in finding the joy in each and every moment and seeing the beauty that the world has to offer.
She'd always seen more going on in the world than anyone else I knew. She saw the light piercing the dark. She saw the good through the bad.
Rune met Poppy as a little boy when he moved next door to her. From the moment he set eyes on her everything clicked into place and the world rearranged itself around them.
We were only fifteen, but since the day I kissed her in the blossom grove, aged eight, there had never been anyone else.
They were inseparable.
Until they weren't anymore.
What happens afterward will leaving you gasping for your next breath. I'm not going to sit here and tell you this was an easy book to read. But when I turned that last page I was filled with indescribable emotion. And I was left in a place of contentment and peace and a desire to see the world through Poppy's eyes. Wishing to wring fulfillment and joy from every day, every hour, and every minute.
This book is categorized YA, but the themes and the mature characters make it feel like anything but. Even those who don't typically read this genre will get so much out of this book, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something that will hit you on a visceral level. You'll get exactly what you're hoping for.
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