REVIEW ~ THE WISH COLLECTOR by Mia Sheridan

KFF are delighted to share our 5 star review of
THE WISH COLLECTOR by Mia Sheridan
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New Orleans, a city of mystery and magic, of secrets and dreams, and a history drenched in both love and the deepest of heartache.

When ballet dancer Clara Campbell arrives in New Orleans, lonely and homesick, she is immediately captivated by the story of Windisle Plantation and the tragic tale that is said to have transpired beyond its gate. Legend has it that it is abandoned by all living souls, but to Clara’s great surprise, it is not a ghost she hears through the stone wall surrounding the property, but a flesh and blood man. A scarred stranger with a pain deeper and darker than the churning waters of the Mississippi river that flows beside his self-imposed prison.

The ruined man behind the wall hides himself from the world. The last thing he expects is to find a friend in the selfless girl who speaks to him through the cracks in the rock. The girl who keeps returning week after week. The girl who makes him wish for things he has long since given up on. The girl who strikes both fear and hope within his wounded heart. But there can be no future for them, no life beyond Windisle, for no one knows better than him that monsters only live in the dark.

The Wish Collector is the story of shame and triumph, of loneliness and love, and the miracle of two hearts connecting despite the strongest of barriers between them.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

It’s been quite a while since a book has inspired me to read from beginning to end without putting it down when the genre isn’t exactly my choice reading material! That being said, I had absolutely no idea what I was letting myself in for since I hadn’t read the synopsis. The mere fact that it was written by an author who had previously written an unforgettable book engraved on my heart was enough for me to one-click. So, did her writing exceed my expectations? Yes! Sheridan’s unpredictable tale in present and past melds two stories together with the precision of reality, entwining unimaginable past happenings. Always intriguing, the mysteries of a convoluted logic took this reader on a journey of wishes, making me try and guess the outcome.

A broken soul. The owner of wishes. A mysterious wall, bleeding tears of despair. Light is shone on a lass whose curiosity to know the whys and wherefores of a fascinating story she’d inadvertently stumbled on, brimming with unanswered questions, the unknown. She becomes a lonely man’s shadow of hope confined in his solitary world behind mortar and stone. He hadn’t had the courage to venture further afield in many years for reasons you will discover. Right guys, this isn’t an easy read. It’s not all rose petals and strawberries, but it will keep you stuck to the pages. The emotional stress broke my heart too many times to count. Then my heart skipped with joy when beautiful scenes gained not only a semblance of relief, but also left me in awe for such compounding compassion.

New Orleans’ historical richness, its architecture and a stifling humidity caused by the river are incredibly well-described. The climate was most certainly different to what ballerina, Clara Campbell had ever experienced. Never once did she complain because it wasn’t in her nature. I couldn’t help but like her. Clara’s gratefulness for everything small, big and in between sizzles off the pages. If anyone in Jonah Chamberlain’s existence could lessen his grief, it was she. Oh my, to say I felt sorry for him would be an understatement. I desperately wanted a know why there were so many dark areas in his story. Only one person could unlock two parallel stories’ truth. Who?

Jonah. Goodness me. Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if you have to gravel for that connective tissue we all look for in our heroes. He is a sorrowful fellow buried deeply in his woes although his acceptance of bad luck or call it what you will, made me respect him. I found fault in him as did Clara but as they say, love moves mountains…it gives fuel for change and can lift even the most desperate to unimaginable levels!

I am going to keep this review short. Firstly, I have no wish to spoil this magnificent story for you and secondly, you have to see for yourselves if hope, self-forgiveness and love rules. Sheridan’s storytelling technique is beyond exquisite. Her secondary characters’ abounding sense of goodness and encouragement left me smiling. Only one more thing to say. Sheridan, bravo!

MEET MIA

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.
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ALL OF ME by A.L. Jackson is LIVE!

Today we are delighted to be sharing A.L. Jackson’s forbidden stand-alone romance in the Confessions of the Heart Series, ALL OF ME

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People call me callous. Arrogant. Ruthless.

I call myself tenacious.

One of the most powerful attorneys in Charleston, I don’t let anyone or anything stand in my way.

Until a chance encounter changes everything.

One glance.

One touch.

One night.

It only leaves me wanting more.

But Grace is off limits. Most people would even say forbidden.

Everyone knows an attorney can’t sleep with his client.

Too bad I already did.

And even with the threat of losing everything, I don’t know if I can stop myself from having her again…

 

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Having read Jace’s book where we came to know Ian, it became horrifically obvious that when his book finally hit the airwaves it would not be a comfortable read. And boy, was I not wrong about that one. A forbidden relationship knowing no bounds or restraint ‘All of Me’ is a book that comes around full circle. Fulfilling the answers that were never even asked of the characters, having witnessed the truly abhorrent way that Ian and Jace were raised, makes their bond impactful and necessary, as necessary as breathing. Without one there is no other and throughout all the stubbornness and guilt that is Ian, we see how solid the love and invisible cords that bind them are.

Grace is very much the kind of woman one has come to expect from this author. A woman, who is strong even as she is weak, is empowered as she is enslaved. Her family is her biggest joy and the creation of her life-sized nightmares. These nightmares are no monster under your childhood bed. They are not even stuff of the worst nightmares we could ever conceive, these devils, and monsters are wearing a mask of an angel who speaks of justice and truth. This is so false it just can’t be true. A long game so tangled and juxtaposed it is almost too wrong to believe. Friends in high places and debts owing that are called to arms in a bullish tactic of depravity.

‘…darts of anxiety impaling my senses. A warning to be careful. To take heed.
Push.
Pull.
Push.
Pull.
I felt as if I was being yanked in every direction.
My heart propelling me forward, and my rational side attempting to reel me back in.’
 

One seeker a hero and another who sees evil when they look in the mirror, shadows and tattoos of a battle of good versus evil, how could someone believe to their core that they are so wrong? Grace and Ian are two completely different people she believes when they are introduced. This is a complete fallacy. Ian uses everything in his arsenal in his pursuit of Grace, knowing there is something there that makes her intrinsically different from any other woman he has ever met. I sure wished he had had a crystal ball when he started filling his dance card with her would he have travelled the road he chose if he had known the cards Grace swaddled at her bosom.

‘This kiss that meant everything.
Kisses are only for the ones you love most.’
 

This author has a pattern to her books I have discovered. One that throws pretty much everything including the kitchen sink at her poor abused characters; ‘All of Me’ was a story of doubling down the pain and anguish. Throughout all the sharp edges, blood and pain a bond stronger than the strongest metal was created between Ian and Grace. Moving apart for them was as difficult to perform as you could ever imagine. Ian saw himself as the black knight, the evil-doer and the bottom feeder of the book. He knew he should stay away from Grace but if he had we’d not have held witness to one of the best-forbidden romances of the year.

‘Not an easy kind or a slow or a loyal kind. It wasn’t the kinda person settled for, and I knew, with every part of me, that it wouldn’t be fleeting.
It was the all-encompassing kind. The kind that hit you fast and came on hard and scored itself so deeply in your heart that it’d forever beat with it.’
 

The sex scenes were off the charts, creating a chart all for themselves. Intense even from the beginning of their foray, some pieces could have been accused of a certain amount of cheese factor, though there was cheese, I never felt it was fanciful nonsense it made a certain amount of sense.

‘He spread me wider, the feel of him almost more than I could bear.
So perfect and wrong.
The man my heaven.
The man my hell.
Everything I wanted, a tease of what I could never keep.’
 

Racing through the pages and asking more questions than I knew what to do with I found my heartbeat racing and my mind whirling. So much was on the line to the very end. Friends and family played a huge part in the conclusion of the angst in this one. I have never been as torn as I was when I witnessed someone slapped in cuffs. I sat in my chair with tears running down my face and an orange-sized lump in my throat. I cried often whilst reading, but I have never EVER had an actual lump in my throat. I could actually feel the sobs lodged in my chest.

Ms. Jackson creates stories with so much intensity. Angst and pain are always there too. She is a beautiful sadist whilst spinning her daily wears. This book has ruined me. Hand on heart this seldom happens to me, I tend to live the grief whilst reading the book and never carry it with me in my day-to-day life…until now. Bravo awesome author you and thank you so very much for doing Ian the justice he deserved. You rock!

 

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, and FIGHT FOR ME novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, MORE OF YOU, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART series.

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#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY THREE OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY THREE

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon  and Franggy Yanes

with The Gift Box Team

(Roberta and Esther)

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Our adventures took a more relaxed turn today. We had the morning to swim in the pool (and some of us to use the gym (no names!).

Strange as it sounds, I was enchanted by the bugs I found floating in the pool, including a bright green grasshopper that was so beautiful. I tried to save it, but too late. Farewell, little friend.

The heat grew gradually until I became more and more pink, but Stu and Fran took a walk in the sun while I stayed in the shade – they both got sunburn. Guys!!

But we had time to talk and I found out some interesting things about our favourite guys. Fran said he’s always been tall, even as a child. At birthday parties, he couldn’t get the nice gifts because he always looked older. Aw. He’s nearly 6’3’’ but says that where he lives in Holland, he’s just average height. Hmm.

And Stu has challenges, too – he struggles to get jeans and trousers to fit. He has a 32’’ waist but his quads and glutes (thighs and backside) are so well muscled that jeans don’t fit. I think we can all sympathise with finding the right jeans. When it comes to suit pants, he has to buy a 36’’ waist and then get them tailored to fit.

I know these are small points, but I find these details fascinating. I think writers are observers by nature – and nosy, too!

After more food (!) we headed out to the Itaipu dam, the 8th largest in the world, and a massively important source of hydro-electric power. Like all countries, Brazil has a rising need for power, but is trying to move aways from fóssil fuels like oil. I haven’t seen many electric cars here, but I’m told there are more and more.

The dam is a partnership Project with Paraguay, so technically I visited another country today. It’s quite a piece of engineering. The idea was first mooted in the 1960s but it took politicans 10 years to agree the deal (no change there), then 10 years to build, and finally opened in 1982.

The plan was to get a boat trip on the lake behind, but Fran predicted a storm was coming and he was right. Rain lashed into our windowless bus, so they rushed to pull down plastic covers, but we were wet… again!

The rain was Biblical, but really refreshing. I love how quickly the weather can change here, and so dramatic. But it was warm rain, at least!

Tomorrow we travel to São Paulo to meet up with our Brazilian author friends and Gergo Jonas, the cover model for EXPLOSIVO \ TICK TOCK which was released in Portugese today. I think he and Fran and Stu will really get along – they all have kind hearts.

I know … good looks and they’re sweet – it is possible!

More News tomorrow from our #brazilliant adventure with @thegiftboxbr

PS And my luggage has arrived in Rio. I hope to be reunited soon!
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