AUTHOR:  Tillie Cole

TYPE:  Romance (Young Adult)

Available @ AMAZON

REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie

RATING:  * * * * * 


One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

Kiss eight hundred and nineteen was the kiss that changed it all.  The kiss that proved that a long-haired brooding boy from Norway

and a quirky girl from the Deep South could find a love to rival the greats.

It showed that love was simply the tenacity to make sure that the other half of your heart knew he,

or she, was adored in every way. In every minute of every day.

That love was tenderness in its purest form.


Note: It is my opinion after reading Poppy and Rune’s story that readers will find it most meaningful by adhering to the author’s own suggestion: I truly believe this novel is best read by going in blind. And that is exactly why my review will be spoiler-free.

Amazing! The biggest surprise was that I never saw that ending coming — and my heart burst.  But it was Rune and Poppy who totally overwhelmed and inspired me with their memorable and unforgettable lessons of devotion, friendship, life, and love. To do justice to their story in a review is far beyond me, but here are some of my reactions and thoughts.

As a reader, you may spot a few similarities to other stories you’ve run across – but I’ve never found one done better than here with its beauty of unfettered magic. And some may not read YA or enjoy a tear-jerker that doesn’t walk the straight and narrow of contemporary romance, however, Poppy’s loving challenge to Rune works well for all of us:  Always say yes, Rune. Always say yes to new adventures.

Poppy Litchfield and Rune Kristiansen (unusual names but perfectly suited to each) shared an epic love beginning at age five when they became best friends and began their adventures. At fifteen, the grown-up world intervened placing a major roadblock between them and their adventures. At seventeen, their exploits faced another challenge — the biggest of all — and their world fell apart. It is then that their soul mate status shined its brightest and their devotion to one another held fast and strong as their escapades never stopped.

Now I know some will disagree saying that just can’t be. But give yourself over to the possibilities, wonders await…jump on the magic carpet for a ride you won’t regret, let your mind roam free, and open your heart to more than you can imagine. If you can, you’ll find a phenomenal journey awaiting you.  At times your heart will soar and other times plummet downward into despair.  You’ll laugh – you’ll cry.  But most of all you’ll fall in love with Poppy and Rune, two kids with hearts of gold inseparable through infinity.

I don’t read very many YA books.  This one came highly recommended, and I’m elated that I followed through and read Poppy and Rune’s phenomenal story.  It is beautifully written with raw emotion.  Don’t miss out on something that could be great just because it could also be difficult.  Have a supply of Kleenex nearby because while Poppy got her 1,000 boy kisses, I was a blubbering mess and shed a tear for each one she received (some bursting with happiness and some heartbreakingly sad).  Each one different, meaningfully given, and as special as special can be – exactly like this book by Tillie Cole.

True love always finds a way — forever and always!


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