Princess Emma Reviews: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole, Kia Thomas
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

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.

Also by this author: Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Raze (Scarred Souls, #1), Sweet Hope (Sweet Home, #4), Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3), Sweet Soul (Sweet Home, #4; Carillo Boys, #3), A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4), Ravage (Scarred Souls, #3), A Veil of Vines, A Veil of Vines, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Sick Fux, A Wish For Us

5 Crowns

This is a standalone romance and does not relate to any of the authors previous work.

Very occasionally you will read a book that blows you away; god how I love those books. You think it can’t get much better, and then suddenly you read a book that makes you forget those other books in an instant because it speaks to your soul; it hits you right in the centre of the solar plexus and you just know it will forever imprint itself on you. Those books are rare, they are to be cherished and if you are lucky you may just read 1 or 2 in your whole lifetime. A Thousand Boy Kisses is a rare and special book. I have lived every part of it and it has left me speechless.

I don’t need or want to elaborate on the synopsis. I will be honest, when I begged to be signed up for an advance copy, I hadn’t even read it myself. Tillie Cole books are always a must read for me. I love her writing, her attention to detail, I don’t need to know any more than it’s one of her books. But when I say you need to go into this book blind, I mean it. This book needs to be experienced the way Tillie wanted you to. Avoid those pesky spoiler reviews like the plague, and avoid skipping to the last chapter… believe me you will be seriously tempted.

Princess Emma

So how do I sum up the perfect book? My fingertips have been itching to write this review for the last 3 hours because it evoked so much passion in me. I expected my thoughts to flow with abandon. Alas, in reality and I have been sat here for the last 20 mins wondering how I do this book and the author justice. Plain and simply I can’t. There are not enough superlatives in the English language.

All you need to know is that this is a breath-taking story of 2 soulmates, born to partner the other through life. It is utterly beautiful in its simplicity, yet the characters words and phrasing have a sincerity that transcends the page and just hit you where it hurts. I feel like I have been rolled over by an emotional juggernaut. It is as heart-warming as it is heart breaking and is a story of innocent love, of friendship, forgiveness, of healing and of course a lasting love for all infinity. In the words of Poppy, it is as special as special can be. We all hope indeed dream to find this type of love in life. For those of us who are lucky enough to have found it, it is a lesson on how important it is to hold onto it with everything we have.

For those of you who are put off by the YA label, please don’t be. This eclipses any book in that genre, indeed in any genre. This book is literature at its finest. It is a true work of art and one that will stay with me forever. Poppy and Rune hold a part of my soul I will never give back.

To Tillie I say this. You have outdone yourself with this book. How you managed to suppress these characters and their story for 18 months is beyond me. Your words and your talent are effortless and pure class. You are a trail blazer of British flavour and it makes me proud to know that a northern lass from this side of pond is writing books that will entertain and effect so many people’s lives. Thank-you for sharing this story with us. You deserve all the plaudits that this book will bring you.


So if you are wondering, this is of course the best of 2016 so far. It is also Tillie’s best work to date and it is only the second book that I can honestly say turned me inside out. An absolute MUST READ and a rare gem that if I never read a book as good as this again… I will be happy because I have read and experienced this one.


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