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.
The Wish Collector was such a great read!
After pushing passed some niggling introductory pacing (a bit quick), I easily fell into the story as the writing was some of the best I’ve read from Sheridan. It was SO HARD to put down. The near lyrical prose delivered a story with passion, intrigue, and healing between two well developed characters. There is also a parallel love story between two different characters which I enjoyed very much. It does alternate in timeline but I felt that the transitions were clear and I was able to come back to whichever period with ease.
The characters were very enchanting, particularly Clara. I loved her steadfast nature, never giving up on Jonah. I’m a sucker for a wounded hero, emotionally, physically, or in this case both. I felt for Jonah from the very beginning, knowing straight from the prologue that his story would be one full of heartache. Mia Sheridan did a beautiful job of balancing his hurt and shame with heartfelt redemption.
I do love the cover as well. I know that she has done some (all?) of her indie published covers, so kudos to her if she did this one too. It matches the mood and tone of the story perfectly.
If you are in the mood for a sweeping romance with a touch of mystery and a vivid imagery The Wish Collector should be your next read. Definitely recommend.