Extremely romantic: The Wish Collector by Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

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.

 

Review

“Love makes a place for itself even if there isn’t one, Mama. Love carves into the hardest of places.”

4 romantic stars

I’ve always loved Mia Sheridan’s stories but it’s been some time since I’ve read one of her books. You know how it is shiny new books and all.

When I spotted The Wish Collector on Instagram I was immediately drawn to the cover, so different from her other covers so far.

Yes yes I know don’t judge a book by its cover and all but what can I say? When you know that people take 1 to 2 minutes before deciding to take a chance on a book it is expected that the cover will play a central role in the decision making.

But I digress.

What I can say about The Wish Collector is that it’s perfect for romantic minds.

It combines a modern retelling of Phantom of the Opera, an historical love story and a mystery to solve.

 

Clara is a ballerina and has realized her lifetime dream; dance for a major ballet company in New Orleans. She comes from a single dad family and her dad sacrificed everything to have her follow ballet classes and dance. It broke my heart reading about that courageous father who now had Alzheimer and could not fully grasp that his little girl really made it.

Clara is lonely as the competition between dancers is fierce and she is far from home.

Yet she will make friends with colorful and old-fashioned characters. From old ladies lodging her to sweet old man selling the vegetables and flowers from his garden, all these side characters help give “New Orleans colors” to the story.

 

Clara is at heart a big romantic.

When she hears about the wall of wishes and the legend of Evangelina haunting the property ground as her lover betrayed her, she could not resist and visited that wall.

Being generous her wish was not for her but for Evangelina.

Little did she know that behind the wall lived the owner, Jonah, disfigured after a dramatic event in which he played a major role and bore the brunt of a huge guilt.

 

Week after week Clara will come back and speak to Jonah through the wall.

It was sweet reading about the bond slowly forming between these two lonely souls.

We grasped from the beginning that present Jonah was far from past Jonah and had much to atone for.

Poor Jonah he paid the price for his mistake. And disfigured as he was he never dared to hope that someone could love him one day. The dramatic event that happened in his life seemed to have changed him, making him more attuned to others sufferings. Opening his eyes to what was truly important in life: not glory but love.

“He’d fallen in love, and she hadn’t even known he was there. Hadn’t known that his heart had beaten to the same tempo of the music she’d moved so gracefully to. Swelling and receding…in rapture. In pain.”

 

The whole story is about redemption. Forgiving others but especially forgiving yourself as part of a healing process.

It’s about two lonely souls connecting on a deep level.

It’s about solving a mystery old of more than 150 years and freeing two ghosts imprisoned and cursed.

 

The historical elements gave the story a tale-like quality. Something I would compare to Midnight Lily by the same author but Jonah looked like Archer as he was lost, sweet and hopeful.

 

Every character is well fleshed out and relatable. Clara is easy to love and Jonah is easy to fall for. The story flows effortlessly with some angst but not too much, light mystery and heavy romantic vibes.

If I had been in a better headspace I would probably have given more stars to this book but unfortunately for Mia I’ve had great difficulties to focus on books and really fall into the stories.

I just found this a little too smooth or sweet to give it the full 5 stars.

Recommend it? Without a doubt if you love romance!

 

Have you read Mia Sheridan’s books?

 

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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11 Replies to “Extremely romantic: The Wish Collector by Mia Sheridan”

  1. I LOVE Mia Sheridan and her books always hit me in the feels. I snagged it up when I saw that cover, but I got a case of the ‘squirrel’ syndrome and haven’t gotten to it yet. Sounds like I need to get to it soon – lovely review!

  2. I haven’t read anything by her in awhile and I love the cover so I’ll add it to my TBR, thanks Sophie!

  3. This sounds perfectly sweet and swoony and romantic. 🙂 I love a good redemption tale. And it’s been too, too long since I’ve read anything by Mia Sherdian. (And that cover!!) Great review, Sophie!

  4. Sooo, i kinda like the whole Phantom of the Opera retelling thing. But as we know, i’m not a romantic. But i’m wondering: how cheesy is this?
    I always kinda associate romance with those weird dialogues that just makes me cringe and think ain’t nobody ever talks like that. But this seems more like a classic stuff…? Cuz for example i have no problem with Jane Austen type of things 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahahaha Norrie how cheesy? I would say a little cheesy and a lot of sweet! You have good quotes there too as Mia’s writing is truly lovely. But comparing with Jane Austen is hard!

  5. This genre isn’t always a five star read for me but I do enjoy the smooth romance now and then. Especially happy endings! Wonderful review, Sophie.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Laura!!!

  6. Great review, Sophie! This sounds like a beautiful read! I really need to pick it up ASAP! I’m so glad you loved it! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Raven and good luck! <3

  7. This sounds like my kind of book 🙂
    Thanks for the recommend, Sophie. I haven’t read any of Mia’s work yet.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It’s exactly you I had in mind writing this review Jacquie! Mia and then Leylah Attar should be authors you would adore!

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