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.
ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Amazingly beautiful is one way to describe this book. If it were possible to give 10 stars, then this book definitely needs it. I started crying from the first chapter and it only got worse from there. But, it is entirely worth it! So many times during this book, I had to walk away and let it sink in. My husband thought I was crazy because I was just bawling. He came home that evening, thinking something was wrong because I was in tears. All I could say was ‘the book’ and he knew what I was reading. I had been telling him about it as I read it. It has actually taken me a few days to even write this review because I have had such a book hangover, but it’s well worth it.
If you’ve never thought true love existed, then you need to READ THIS BOOK! Everyone needs this kind of love in their life. To be truly in love with someone from such a young age is so beautiful. That’s what Rune and Poppy had.
““Poppymin?” Rune said. That’s what he called me. It meant ‘my Poppy’ in Norwegian.”
Rune had just moved next door to Poppy when they were five years old. Even then, they bonded and became the best of friends. Three years later, her grandmother passes and gives her a jar, telling her to write her most memorable kisses down and add them to the jar. She has to collect 1000 kisses.
“Kiss 1 – With my Rune in the blossom grove. My heart almost burst.”
I loved Rune right at that moment because when she told him about the kisses, his response was that he’s the only one to give her those kisses. What a special moment that was. And there is the beginning of a beautiful story.
“I’ll give you a thousand kisses, Poppymin. All of them. No one will kiss you ever, but me.”
At the age of 15, Rune’s father is transferred back to Norway and that forever changed their relationship. Rune hates everyone after that, even Poppy after she broke all contact with him. The poor boy just broke my heart because he was so hurt and bitter.
Two years later, Rune is back. No matter how much Poppy tries to avoid him, she knows she has to face him. He is certainly not the boy she knew. He is not her tender and sweet Rune anymore. He has a chip on his shoulder and is so cold to everyone. Even though he seems to hate Poppy, he wants answers as to why she stopped contacting him.
What Rune finds out completely alters their lives. From that moment on, their bond is even more strengthened. But Poppy knows her work is cut out for her because she has to break down the walls Rune has erected around him. It’s not easy for her but I love that she didn’t give up on him.
“My lips are yours. Not for anyone else.”
Rune and Poppy’s love story doesn’t end there. The more they are together, the more they fall in love all over again. In fact, they never stopped loving each other. No matter what is happening in their life, their love never falters. Poppy is such a beautiful girl and everyone should have her spirit. She faces life head on and always brings out the best in people, especially Rune.
“Poppymin, you have me. You’ll always have me. I might be different from the boy you knew, but I’m yours.”
I don’t know where to start with Rune. His character is amazing! WOW is all I can say about him. No matter what this boy goes through, he is Poppy’s strength during the hardest of times. My heart was broken at everything this poor boy endured, but I loved him even more for that.
I must say I went into this book blind. I have read all of Tillie’s books and knew I would read this no matter what. I had no idea what it was about but Tillie is one of those rare authors that you want to read their book, whether you know about the story or not. This story was so well written and so thought out that I was blown away. I think this would make a beautiful movie because you can feel the characters’ emotions and I could see it playing out in my head. The ending is not your typical ending but I loved how well it worked for this book. I’ve been asked if it’s a HEA and yes it is, but in a different kind of way that I don’t think would have worked any other way. I certainly could have never guessed it. I highly applaud Tillie on this amazing work. Since I can’t give 10 stars, I certainly give it 5 stars. You must read this book!
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.