My Review: A Wish for Us by Tillie Cole

My Review:  A Wish for Us by Tillie ColeA Wish for Us by Tillie Cole
Publication Date: June 11, 2018
Genres: Coming-of-Age, Ugly Cry
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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
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.

My Review

A Wish for Us by Author Tillie Cole is an all-encompassing, ugly cry novel that will move you to a realm beyond this world.

“Cromwell Dean had become my greatest friend, even though he didn’t know I existed. He was my hope. Hope that outside of this small town, people held music in their hearts the same way I did. Someone else bled for notes, melodies, and concertos.”

Cromwell Dean, up and coming DJ and music aficionado from England.  Trapped in his own world. Master of his own future.  This led him to Jefferson Young University.  Bonnie is just a seemingly simple girl from the south. Doesn’t need much.  Doesn’t ask for hand-outs. Her heart beats for music.  And she will be damned if Cromwell Dean screws that’s.  She is determined, not timid, not weak.

“You’ve complicated things for me, Cromwell Dean. You were never meant to complicate things.”

One of my weaknesses in books is the pairing of two people who really don’t want to like each other, want to detest each other, but, having an unquenchable thirst for one another, find that their paths always lead back to a face-to-face, with feelings attached.  Author Tillie Cole used this to create a slow burn of intense emotions that fueled a love so deep it was consuming.

“Believe me, Cromwell. It would be a dream of mine to step into your world for just a brief moment. To see what you hear . . . a dream.”

A Wish for Us had so much soul.  It was overflowing with emotions. Sadness, pain, desperation.  Desire, want, need.  Comfort, longing, forgiveness. I don’t know quite know how to put into words how deeply this story affected me.  I have shed tears for hours as I read and re-read some of the most soul-searching and inspirational words. There is no way to just breeze through this novel.  You feel it, hear it, become it. It overtakes you, and you are lost to every word, coming up for air only when ultimately needed, then submerging yourself back in, desperate for more.

“The best music must be felt. By the creator. By the listener. Every part of it from creation to ear must be wrapped in nothing but feelings.”

I loved this story.  I loved the way it exposed music and human emotion.  I adored the characters.  I cherished their time together, the transformation they helped create. I loved how we saw music through Cromwell’s eyes.  It was alive and vibrant. I loved how he envisioned Bonnie and how Bonnie truly saw him.  Heart be still!  It left me breathless. And there was more.  SO MUCH MORE!!!

“I kissed him so I would never forget. I kissed him until he was imprinted on my soul.”

A Wish for Us was a forever-heart story.  I was afraid to begin it, knowing that this author’s stories always bring impassioned connections. But then I fell in love, lost half my body weight in tears, and had an epic crying hangover.  It was the novel that made me want to capture this moment in time and hold onto it for forever. A must-read, shouldn’t-be-missed gift.



5 Stars

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