Title: A Thousand Boy Kisses
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 15th March, 2016
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.
reviewed by donna elsegood
Lost. For. Words. Spellbound! Ms Cole hasn’t just squeezed my heart; she’s provoked sentiments so strong that the inevitable had to happen. And without me even realising it! Ugly cries, sniffles and everything which accompanies one when in such a state despair, only seemed to make me want to turn the pages faster than I could actually read. Storyteller par excellence, the author’s character development is nothing like I have experienced in a long long time. I couldn’t help but fall head of heels for these two beautiful youngsters going through their young life’s trials and tribulations, and I’m absolutely sure that any potential reader will feel exactly the same as I did. The intensity of their story sucked me in from the first written word, the option of putting it down until the last one was not an option. Never have I regretted the sleepless night I had.
The journey which this story takes you on is nothing less than amazing. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy and an unbreakable bond is born. Wow! Poppy and Rune’s relationship literally humbled me, their contrasting personalities… beyond perfect. Told in such a way, I felt like I was there by their sides conjuring up so many visions of their hideaway, their escape in surroundings of abounding beauty. Cherry blossom, trees and breath-taking scenery was the perfect scenario to watch them grow up, become young adults. What a pleasure, how heartbreaking.
The secondary characters are more than loveable and more tears were shed when someone so very dear to Poppy’s heart finds peace. Believe you me, I can’t say how much I loved this person’s advice to her. But all the advice in the world won’t prepare either of them for the future. Promises, desires and pure love…will it be enough?
There is no doubt whatsoever that this incredible story deserves five massive blossoming stars. I highly recommend this young adult tale which shows love, makes all of us sit back and weigh up everything in life that cannot be taken for granted. But saying that, I would like to mention that although this book is aimed at YA, it can be read by all ages. Tillie, what more can I say than this. You have outdone yourself, you have stirred all my emotions, you have broken me and whether or not you put me together will remain to be seen!
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.