Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Wish Collector
Author: Mia Sheridan
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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 book spoke to my Phantom-of-the-Opera-Loving Soul.
I’m just going to say it: I have always, even when I first saw it in High School, never understood why Cristine didn’t choose the Phantom over Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.
If you feel the same, you will love this book.
Jonah and Clara’s story was the Phantom of the Opera story I wanted, but was left unsatisfied with.
There is so much happening in this story, so much atmospheric magic, so many squeal-worthy moments… it’s hard to believe that I DNF’ed this book the first time I tried reading it.
You heard that right. I DNF’ed this book. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because I wasn’t in the right mindset for it. I wasn’t able to focus on the story and I think it had more to do with my mood at the time than anything else, because this time, when I went back to the story I was immediately invested.
It’s almost scary to think about the books that I have DNF’ed in the past that may have just not worked for me because of the timing.
There are two storylines being told in this book and while I definitely was more invested in Jonah’s story, I still was intrigued by the “legend” being told throughout the book.
New Orleans was an its own character in this book, and though I’ve never been too terribly interested in the city, I definitely loved ‘living’ in it for the time I read this book.
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Bookshelf Placement: YES!
I need to have all of her books on my shelf!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars