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I would give The Wish Collector by Mia Sheridan 4 STARS (maybe) if it wasn’t written in the third person. I’m not a fan of that at all. That’s just a person preference.
I’m not passionate about this book by any means so this review will be very quick. I’m going to try my best to keep it pretty.
First, let’s hear from the author. . .
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.
This story was constructed beautifully. I was impressed by the level of skill it must have taking to create such an appealing background for the readers. With that being said, the actually storyline was difficult to fall in love with it. It was a mix of Disney fairy tales rolled into a novel for adults.
I never felt an attachment to either character. The heroine’s storyline was a bit “blah” to me. She wasn’t interesting at all. Our hero’s backstory and current position was somewhere in the middle for me entertainment wise. It was also a bit far-fetched to be labeled into a romance story.
Although I never felt invested in either character’s outcome, I had no desire to not finish the story. It kept my interest just enough were I wanted to see where it all ended up. Yet, this is not a story I will remember in month or two. Someone will have to remind me before I can find it in my short term memory bank.
I’ve read other reviews on the book and the one thing that strikes me as odd is how those who have given this book 4-5 STARS don’t really say why. It’s kind of like – “Oh, it was a beautiful story.” or “It was magical!” and that’s it. Sometimes there’s a rewriting of of the synopsis in a different way but that’s about it. I do wonder how they came to that conclusion for one reason and one reason only. It’s the same question I’m asking myself…
Why is it that even though we liked the story, most of us can’t convey why?
To me that’s a question that I’ve pondered on. As I am reviewing this book, I literally don’t have a review to share – just that it wasn’t so bad.
Now let’s get down to business. . .
Do I recommend this book? I’m not running out to sing it’s praises. If someone has the time to read it than okay.
Will I read another book by this author? Not anytime soon. I have given her novels two chances so far and I haven’t been overly impressed. It’s nothing against the author but I don’t think her books are geared towards a chick like me.
Thank you for reading and I hope I kept it pretty for ya!
TTYL, lovers. . .
Remember to follow all things messy. . .
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