Happy Monday Guys!
I hope everyone had an adventurous reading weekend! Today I wanted to do a review on a book that even after I finished it last week, it is still on my mind. The Wish Collector by Mia Sheridan, is a story about acceptance, and redemption, with a mystery thrown in.
The description was taken from the Goodreads website”
“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.”
Clara loves being a ballet dancer, and when she gets the chance to dance in a New Orleans company she takes the offer and leaves her father behind. When she gets to New Orleans she starts to get lonely because she doesn’t know very many people in the city. When she hears about a tragic tale of love lost from her neighbor, she decides to go to the wishing wall to make a wish for herself. However when she gets to the wall she changes her wish and meets a mysterious man, who lives on the plantation.
Jonah sees himself as a cursed, ugly man who has decided to live his life in exile, and let his guilt rule his life. When he meets Clara, they start a friendship, but he is too afraid to allow her to see his true self. As they both try to learn how to break the curse on the weeping wall, they will learn things about each other, and learn things about themselves that will change their lives forever.
What I really loved about this book, is the author tells the story from Clara’s, Jonah’s, and Angelina’s. While Clara and Jonah are trying to figure out how to lift the curse, the reader gets to see Angelina’s story. Mia does such an amazing job of bringing the reader on the characters journey to their own truths, that you will not want to put this book done. Mia’s writing is beautiful, and will leave you laughing, crying, and falling in love with the characters. I did see a hint of Beauty and the Beast mixed with Phantom of the Opera, and I have to say I loved every minute of it! You don’t want to miss this amazing journey of acceptance!
Happy finding your inner happiness and acceptance readers!
Image taken from the Goodreads website.