RELEASE DATE: November 26th 2018
AUTHOR: Mia Sheridan
GENRE: Adult, Contemporary, Retelling, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
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.
“He was beauty and pain, glory and suffering, vengeance and grace, and all things made stronger and more meaningful because they have an opposite.”
The Wish Collector was my first book by Mia Sheridan and I’m very much impressed. It’s a modern day mash up of Phantom of The Opera, and Beauty And The Beast. I’m a sucker for B&B retellings and I seriously enjoyed reading this book. It’s a stand-alone novel. The story was very unique and emotional. I loved the historical twist which brought more intrigue and mystery to the plot. I liked the main characters Clara and Jonah. Their romance was beautiful and captivating. The author weaved a wonderful tale and I can’t wait to check out more books from her.
Ballet Dancer Clara arrives in new Orleans to make her dreams true. Her father is suffering from Alzheimer, and being new in town she feels lonely and homesick. When she hears about the Windisle Plantation’s Weeping Wall and the mystery surrounding the tragic death Of Evangeline which took place in 18th Century, Clara gets very much intrigued by the tale. Legend has it that it is abandoned by all living souls so she goes to the Plantation to investigate, 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 named Jonah who’s the owner of the Plantation. Because of his past mistake, he was left scarred, ashamed, and guilty. He sees himself as a monster that doesn’t deserve redemption. For eight years he lived a secluded life, shut off from the outside world. And then he meets Clara, a girl who strikes both fear and hope within his wounded heart but he believes that there can be no future for them because of his dark past that’s still haunting him.
Clara is a pretty much likable character! She’s independent, sweet, and a selfless girl. I really enjoyed her character but sometimes her character seemed a bit too naive regarding trusting a stranger. She’s a new girl in town and she easily discloses about her whereabouts to a stranger that she meets in a secluded area at night that is a stupid thing to do. He could be a psychopath or maybe even worse. Jonah is a complex character. He’s a troubled soul who’s deeply scarred both inside and outside. He used to be a young handsome lawyer with a great future ahead but because of his one mistake, his whole world was turned upside down. I felt very sympathetic towards him and loved his character development throughout. The romance between Clara and Jonah was well developed. I enjoyed how they slowly connected with each other. I usually hate insta-love’s in my romances but surprising I found myself enjoying their every interaction. I also enjoyed the tragic love story in this book which dates back to the 1800’s. The side characters were pretty nice. They made the story even more entertaining .
The Plot was well written, gripping, and unpredictable! The author cleverly weaved the tale between the past and the present. I loved the entire concept and how the past and the present were connected. The mystery surrounding the Evangeline’s death and Jonah’s Past had kept me hooked on the plot till the end. The pacing was perfect. The author’s writing was exquisite. The book was told in third person POV shifting between Clara, Jonah, and also Evangeline. I liked the modern and the historical setting. The shifting between the times didn’t confuse me at all.
Overall, I loved this book! It’s a beautiful story about heartbreak, healing, forgiveness, redemption, and love. Although it wasn’t a total perfection, I immensely enjoyed reading it.
I highly recommend this book to all the romance lovers!