Monday, March 14, 2016

Blog Tour: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

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.

5 Stars 
Review by Lisa Kane

Moonbeam hearts and sunshine smiles

Sometimes it's difficult to write a review without spoiling a major story line. This is going to be one of those reviews that doesn't go into a lot of specifics. But the lack of details is no indication of the depth of my feelings for this book. It touched my reader's soul. I highlighted so many passages my kindle is like a rainbow full of different shades. It is unique  and different and beautiful beyond compare. 

Rune Erik Kristiansen is five years old when his family moves from Oslo, Norway to Georgia. The culture shock is overwhelming. He speaks English but everyone sounds different and nothing feels the same. But he is about to meet the one girl who will forever affect his future. Poppy Litchfield was five years old when she first laid eyes on her new neighbor Rune. He doesn't talk the same way she does but she figures she will have someone to go on her adventures with her. 

"I don't normally bring people with me on my journeys, but you're a Viking, and we all know that Vikings grow big and strong, and they are really really good with adventures and exploring."

Her mamaw goes on her little adventures with her. Her grand mom is  her best friend. But she is very sick and all of Poppy's relatives are at her house crying. Her grand mom talks to her and gives her a gift. 

I saw she was holding a big mason jar filled to the top with lots and lots of pink paper hearts. 

"This jar is for your boy-kisses, Poppy. All the kisses that make your heart almost burst, the ones that are the most special, the ones you want to remember when you're old and gray like me. The ones that will make you smile when you remember them in your mind."

As the years went on the friendship between Poppy and Rune only got stronger. 

"Poppy and Rune, best friends for infinity."

But as close as they are, some things happen and they grow apart. Not by choice, but just because. 

When they are reunited again, Rune is not the same sweet person. He is hardened and angry. So angry at his parents, at Poppy, at his life. Poppy struggles with the changes.

I left Blossom Grove without a word. When I came back to this school-without being on Rune's arm, I became the girl I always should have been-invisible to the popular crowd. The weird girl who wore bows in her hair and played the cello. 

 There are parts of this story where I cried, I mean full out ugly cried. But the story is worth the tears. 

"I'm that girl, Rune. The one who waits out the storm simply to catch a glimpse of a rainbow. Why be miserable when you can be happy? It's an obvious choice to me."

I'm going to stop talking in specifics at this point. To do otherwise would be to give away too much of the plot. Suffice it to say that this is a unique story about two kids who grow into a beautiful couple whose love is not defined by their age. Theirs is not puppy love; nor is it the kind that will fade with age. There are real pearls of wisdom in this story. There is sage advice and words to soothe the soul about loss and love. It is told with humor and witty banter and Poppy is what I like to think of as an "old soul". She is pure and is wise beyond her years. 

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

She is selfless in that she wants the best for Rune. Rune is deeply devoted to Poppy. He will put himself and his needs second to her in every instance he is tested. Theirs is a beautiful story and although there are several twists that color outside the conventional love story lines, at the heart of this story is an undying love for each other. 

"...and my heart almost burst."

about tillie
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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