Review: A Wish for Us by Tillie Cole

A Wish For Us

From the author who brought you A Thousand Boy Kisses comes the new emotional novel, A Wish For Us.

A story of music. A story of healing. A story of love conquering all.

Nineteen-year-old Cromwell Dean is the rising star of electronic dance music. Thousands of people adore him. But no one knows him. No one sees the color of his heart.

Until the girl in the purple dress. She sees through the walls he has built to the empty darkness within.

When Cromwell leaves behind the gray skies of England to study music in the South Carolina heat, the last thing he expects is to see her again. And he certainly doesn’t expect that she’ll stay in his head like a song on repeat.

Bonnie Farraday lives for music. She lets every note into her heart, and she doesn’t understand how someone as talented as Cromwell can avoid doing the same. He’s hiding from his past, and she knows it. She tries to stay away from him, but something keeps calling her back.

Bonnie is the burst of color in Cromwell’s darkness. He’s the beat that makes her heart skip.

But when a shadow falls over Bonnie, it’s up to Cromwell to be her light, in the only way he knows how. He must help her find the lost song in her fragile heart. He must keep her strong with a symphony only he can compose.

A symphony of hope.
A symphony of love.
A symphony of them.

Tillie Cole just does it for me. Every freaking time! No matter the genre or how dark, she never let’s me down. Her stories give me everything I need in a book. I can’t explain the completion I feel after reading one of her books. This story was no different. Cromwell and Bonnie broke me. I fell in love with Cromwell almost immediately. He was extremely tortured, with this fragile vulnerability that I wanted to protect with bubble wrap. I adored Bonnie and Cromwell’s love story. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking. But, Tillie destroys me every time with her supporting characters’ relationship arcs. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again the way Tillie Cole weaves supporting characters into her stories is BEYOND. Her relationship arcs are to die for, they breathe life and authenticity into her stories. Easton and Cromwell. Easton and Bonnie. Their love for each other was palpable. Gah!!!! I was ugly crying all over the place. I didn’t know how I would come back from it. But as usual, Tillie Cole put my heart back together. All I can say is this book was an experience. I have the worst case of book hangover! Read it! Oh… My fangirling will be outrageous at #BookBonanza!

5 stars

-Natasha

Listen Natasha, you WARNED me that this story would destroy me, and I should have known what to expect from Tillie, but I was still not prepared for the utter ruins this book left me in. There were moments when I had to stop reading to book to go blow my nose and clear my eyes because I couldn’t see or breathe anymore. My 2 yr old came and gave me love on several occasions, “Mommy, why are you sad?” Now why was I so emotional? These characters were real people to me. I liked Cromwell right away, he was so damaged, and I felt his pain immediately. Like Natasha said, Easton’s relationship with both Bonnie and Cromwell was so important to the development of these characters. Bonnie and Cromwell’s love story was debilitating, devastating, and beautiful. I was torn to shreds with no idea how I would be restored, but ultimately Tillie did not leave me in ruins, but pieced my heart back together. This is a MUST READ!

5 stars

-Jasmine

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