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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 aba 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.


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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 aba 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.

30 review for The Wish Collector

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4.5 stars!! Mia Sheridan has written another exquisitely beautiful, emotional, and stunning romance. This one grabbed me from the start and not only did the present romance captivate me, but I was also pulled in by the past. Each story was interesting and made me fall in love. This story had so many feels and felt like a lot of Mia's older books that I love so much. Clara Campbell is a ballerina who is new to NOLA. She is slowly making friends with her neighbors, but spends most of her time danc 4.5 stars!! Mia Sheridan has written another exquisitely beautiful, emotional, and stunning romance. This one grabbed me from the start and not only did the present romance captivate me, but I was also pulled in by the past. Each story was interesting and made me fall in love. This story had so many feels and felt like a lot of Mia's older books that I love so much. Clara Campbell is a ballerina who is new to NOLA. She is slowly making friends with her neighbors, but spends most of her time dancing. When she hears the legend of a tragic love story that took place in the 1800's, she goes to that plantation to investigate. There is something about that story that fills her with the need to find out more. When she ends up at the Windisle Plantation, she doesn't expect anyone to be there. It's supposedly been abandoned for quite some time. But there, she meets Jonah. Jonah's life used to be exciting. He was a young and handsome attorney on the rise to the top of his law firm. He took one case... one case he never should have taken, and everything changed. Now, he's a hermit. He lives at his family's plantation and doesn't want to see anyone. Or more importantly, doesn't want anyone to see him. Then he meets Clara. And everything changes. Everything. Clara and Jonah develop a friendship. Both are lonely and in need of companionship, and even though Jonah doesn't want to be seen, he lets Clara in where it really counts. His heart. He was beauty and pain, glory and suffering, vengeance and grace, and all things made stronger and more meaningful because they have an opposite. These two together... sigh. I loved them both so much. Jonah was very much the damaged and tortured hero I love to read about. Clara was a strong heroine who helped him come out of his shell. But she only helped so much, Jonah was strong enough to pull himself out of it, too. Clara was just that final push he needed. The Wish Collector takes place in New Orleans. The majority of the story takes place in current times, but there are quite a few chapters that take place in the mid-late 1800's. Those chapters sort of felt like a mystery at first. Each chapter from the past gave us a new discovery and was connected in a way to the present. I loved both of the romances, but Jonah and Clara's was so beautiful. It was such a slow burn, friends to lovers tale and I couldn't get enough. If you're looking for a gorgeous romance that's character driven, magical, equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, and will enchant you, pick up The Wish Collector. The cover is so beautiful and the story is a unique one of love, tragedy, redemption, forgiveness, and growth. Mia did an amazing job with this story and I highly recommend it. My monster. My wish collector. My love.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leo (Queen of the Rants and the Crazy)

    Update:12/5/18 Well, what do you know? Since I was fed up by people talking shit about me and taking digs at me in their reviews saying how I was giving misleading info and how I didn’t have any right to rate a book because I didn’t finish. I got news for those people. I did finish it. Even if hero was set up does it makes it alright that he still deliberately defended someone that he wasn’t positive if he was guilty or not of rape and murder? Author wanted to redeemed the hero in some way. He Update:12/5/18 Well, what do you know? Since I was fed up by people talking shit about me and taking digs at me in their reviews saying how I was giving misleading info and how I didn’t have any right to rate a book because I didn’t finish. I got news for those people. I did finish it. Even if hero was set up does it makes it alright that he still deliberately defended someone that he wasn’t positive if he was guilty or not of rape and murder? Author wanted to redeemed the hero in some way. He still did not redeem himself in my eyes. Did he know that the woman wasn’t exactly a rape victim when he willingly tore her apart on the stand? No, so that makes it ok that he still did it? Did that make him redeemable? No. The supposed rapist wasn’t really innocent, he was a criminal who abused, roughed up and choked almost to death girls that worked in the sex club. So because of hero’s consequences in defending this man he killed innocent people. Next are quotes from the book itself. I’ll just let them speak for themselves. “Maybe Murray Ridgley if he had in fact committed the crime. Jonah had plenty of doubts himself. And he had this notion that there was something the partners weren’t telling him. But he had no proof of that, just some whisperings behind closed doors as he’d walked past. And this case . . . this case was the one that could catapult him to the next level. If he impressed the partners, it could literally make his career. One of the junior partners was taking Applegate’s vacancy, but one of the other two remaining original partners, Knowles, was practically a walking corpse. In the next couple of years, he’d retire or die, and if Jonah played his cards right, he could make junior partner and then partner thereafter. Partner! Even his dad hadn’t made junior partner until he was thirty.” “He was on the fast track. He couldn’t afford a stumble. Jonah met his brother’s gaze. “Dad was respected.” Justin’s eyes narrowed. “Dad was a sonofabitch who cared about power far more than he cared about people. He ruined lives as easily as he buttered toast. That’s not you, Jonah. I’m your brother. I know—" “All right, listen, I appreciate this whole do-gooder speech, but let me assure you that my conscience is perfectly clear where my job is concerned. Murray Ridgley may very well have committed this crime.” Murray Ridgley may very well be a monster. “But I’m not going to ask to be removed from his case. It would ruin me.” So you see he still decided that he wasn’t going to quit the case. He wanted to make partner, he knew that the partners at the law firm were hiding something from him and he still continued. He didn’t care. “The thing that ultimately got him acquitted was Amanda Kershaw’s testimony.” Jonah clenched his eyes shut, letting his head fall against the stone with a heavy thud. “Yes. She . . . she wasn’t strong, Clara, and I knew that. She wasn’t like you.” He paused, thinking back to the first time he’d met Amanda at the courthouse, the way she’d shaken when she spoke, the way her eyes had darted around, the way she’d drawn her shoulders in as if to appear smaller, as if to hide from the world. He’d seen the way she pulled at her sleeves to conceal the needle marks on her arms, and he’d used that too. “I used her weaknesses against her when she got up on the stand.” He banged his head against the stone again, a dull thud, and he heard Clara shift. “I demolished her. They practically had to carry her away, she’d gotten so emotionally distraught. She appeared unstable and unreliable—almost insane—just as I’d planned. The partners all congratulated me later. They slapped me on the back and told me how brilliant I’d been.” Jonah laughed, but it was a raw scraping sound, no humor infused in it at all. “Brilliant. I’d brilliantly obliterated a girl who’d been the victim of a horrific crime that most people wouldn’t have survived.” “He knew Amanda Kershaw had participated in plenty of unsavory activities for a fix. He’d spoken of them in lurid detail in front of a courtroom of witnesses. He’d seen her shame, her regret. He’d paraded every vile misstep to create reasonable doubt.” The author didn’t know what to focus on, from hero’s redemption to another love story, from exonerating hero’s guilt. from making a hero who helps people who needs help. It really didn’t make any sense. The supposed rape victim was planning to blackmail a lot of men who she had sex with, she had proof and she even had sex with the supposed rapist, she took photos of the sex club she belonged to. So the “rapist” got rough and choke some of the girls that worked in the sex club. One of them was the “victim” she escaped and she threatened to exposed them all, the men talked her down and promised her things as long as she kept the sex club in secret. She complied and agreed to testify against the supposed rapist. One of the partner that belonged to that club used the hero because he was eager to win any case, he did a fine job on making the “victim” look unstable but she played him. The supposed rapist was loose cannon and held a grudge against the “victim” the woman who gotten away from him so he took revenge against her in front of the court killing her and hero’s brother. So you see even after reading the whole book I don’t see how I gave a misleading info. I applaud the author for assassinating hero’s bother’s character. (Being sarcastic here) A man who fought for justice, who gave to charity. He knew what was going on and didn’t tell the hero. I guess it was everyone’s fault but the hero. But I’m with the heroine when she said that hero’s brother was collecting evidence because hero wasn’t going to stop with just any speculations. ********************************* It seems my review has caused some readers not to read this book. First of all- these are MY feelings about this book. Second- I’ve never told ANYONE not to read this book or ANY book for that matter. If you chose not to read it then that’s on you. You can’t blame it on some review. Third- if you have a problem with me ranting about a book that I paid for then please just unfollow me and don’t call me names. Because A- yes I’m that crazy and yes I’m the queen of ranting. And i fucking love it And B- I will never change just because people doesn’t like it. Fourth- I don’t have to justify myself to you. Just like you don’t have to justify yourself to me. To each their own! Fifth- People need to stop acting like this is high school. We don’t have to hate on someone because that person didn’t like a book that you loved. Happy reading!!! Dnfed at 33% This piece of shit was a not a hero for me. This piece of shit does not deserve any redemption. This piece of shit deserves to die alone. This piece of shit deserved to die when the rapist he defended killed his poor victim, his brother and 4 more people. Let’s start at the beginning. In the prologue we meet the POS, who’s an aweful man, a lawyer, who’s egotistical, arrogant and narcissistic. He’s defending a rapist. A man who killed and rape women. It wasn’t until later we find out that he got this man off. While doing so, he put the sole survivor of this rapist on the stand, tearing her apart, making her more unstable than what she already was. This poor woman had to be carried out because she was inconsolable and traumatized by the POS and his defendant. POS’s brother who was a GOOD man, another lawyer who only worked on Pro Bonos cases and fought for justice tried to make him see reason. Tried to talked to him out of defending the rapist but POS didn’t want to because he wanted to emasculate his father. He wanted to make partner at the law firm where he was working, he wanted to be the youngest partner like his father was. He wanted to be better than his father. He wanted to be famous. Oh the POS got to be famous alright! He’s the most hated man now! I felt like author tried to made it seemed it was alright that the rape victim didn’t get her justice because she was on drugs and prostitute herself for those drugs. Author made it seem that it was a good thing POS didn’t mention this information about the rape victim in front of the court. POS got the rapist off and the rapist killed this poor woman, POS’s brother and 4 more people when he shot them down and detonated a bomb that he had strapped on himself. The author then tried to made the POS a hero when he threw himself at the rapist. And let’s not forget the women he killed and raped before he got off. POS deserve everything he got and so much more. I dont give a fuck if he’s living in solitary for 8 fucking years. I don’t care if the heroine is his reward for being scarred. For feeling guilty. The POS is guilty as much as the rapist is. If he hadn’t gotten him off then 6 people would still be alive and his victims would have gotten their JUSTICE!!!! He should not have be redeemed. He should burn in HELL like the rapist is doing right now. And what we got in the end is a POS who probably thinks 8 years living in solitary it’s his redemption along with the pathetic heroine who only had 2 sex partners in her life getting his hea while the victims and brother did not even get a bit of justice.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bibi

    Phew. I have a headache from those liquid things rolling down my face. Two stories intertwined Four lives One Truth I railed at the injustices, cried, and nearly threw my kindle against the wall, but at the end, the truth came to light. Sheridan wove a story that is as melancholic as it is euphoric, and to those who might be tempted to judge this story based on the first half, don’t. This is a multilayered and gripping story about Truth, Love, and Redemption.

  4. 5 out of 5

    KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕

    So good, a retake on beauty and the beast, once started I was hooked, so unique, couldn't put it down. Crazy love this authors words. Highly recommend..

  5. 4 out of 5

    Olga therebelreader

    5 +++ Stars #hands-down favorite A beautiful story and a beautiful cover to boot! Due to the blurb and the gorgeous cover, I was very anxious to read The Wish Collector and let me tell you, it certainly did not disappoint! Jonah suffers from horrific scars. He’s a tortured soul. He now lives an isolated life at Windisle Plantation, a sugar plantation that was built more than 200 years ago. A site in New Orleans which is rumored to be sacred, cursed, even haunted. Clara is a sweet, loving ballet d 5 +++ Stars #hands-down favorite A beautiful story and a beautiful cover to boot! Due to the blurb and the gorgeous cover, I was very anxious to read The Wish Collector and let me tell you, it certainly did not disappoint! Jonah suffers from horrific scars. He’s a tortured soul. He now lives an isolated life at Windisle Plantation, a sugar plantation that was built more than 200 years ago. A site in New Orleans which is rumored to be sacred, cursed, even haunted. Clara is a sweet, loving ballet dancer. She is the right mix of kindness, strength, sass, beauty, sexy and love. Clara is going to test his boundaries, push him out of his comfort zone and try to make him see the light inside the dark. Will he ever be able to look beyond the cover of himself to see the truth inside that is ever so beautiful? The story takes us on a journey of self discovery, fear, passion, mystery, magic, pain, and longing with a fairy tale charm. There is nothing I like better than the redemption of a broken man through the love of a good woman. It is a tender, touching thing, watching the carefully constructed walls around Jonah begin to crumble, as Clara refuses to give up. I absolutely adored this book, and I know I will have a book hangover for days. In short: Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 3/5 | Romance 5/5 | Angst-Suspense 5/5 | Darkness 4/5 | Humor 2/5 | Secondary Characters 5/5 | Drama-Conflict 5/5 | Mystery 5/5 | Twists 5/5 | Pacing Fast | Action 4/5 ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    Live Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2DXY081 💙5 unique stars💙 I have happy tears in my eyes!!Im so in love with this story.The Wish Collector was mesmerizing the plot captivating and the writing was exquisite. The characters were well developed and the romance so unique that will linger in my thoughts for a long time to come! This story is so brilliant, Mia Sheridan did an amazing job with this one.This is an unforgettable story, it goes to my top favorite reads for this year!     

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    This book was AMAZING (as is the cover). I'd love to see it made into a movie! The setting was amazing. I loved the whole "Beauty and The Beast meets The Phantom Of The Opera" theme. The touch of magical realism was amazing. The secondary characters were amazing. Jonah was AMAZING. Clara was amazing. The ending had me crying like a baby. I usually do not like slow burns, and this one was S-L-O-W burn to the extreme, but it worked perfectly. I can't recommend this one highly enough. And just an FY This book was AMAZING (as is the cover). I'd love to see it made into a movie! The setting was amazing. I loved the whole "Beauty and The Beast meets The Phantom Of The Opera" theme. The touch of magical realism was amazing. The secondary characters were amazing. Jonah was AMAZING. Clara was amazing. The ending had me crying like a baby. I usually do not like slow burns, and this one was S-L-O-W burn to the extreme, but it worked perfectly. I can't recommend this one highly enough. And just an FYI, this is a book that you need to ACTUALLY read until the very end because things may look one way at the start, but things are not always as they seem to be, and you are doing a disservice to other readers and the author when you post misleading information...off my soapbox.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oliphant

    I wanted to love this book. The first quarter of the story was a good start with anticipation of a build up of the storyline. I felt like there was a mash up of stories or a modern day Phantom of the Opera. I do enjoy this authors writing style and I know this release will be embraced by many, but it just wasn't my favorite

  9. 4 out of 5

    may ❀

    i was really excited to read this book when i read the blurb bc it sounded so precious. modern inspired story of beauty and the beast?? epic sadly, it was not. usually, im not too critical with insta-love, it doesn't bother me all that much bc i can find it somewhat believable (in MOST books) but in this book it was just SO over the top. the insta-love was so instantaneous, they were beyond help after their FIRST meeting (AND THEY DIDNT EVEN SEE EACH OTHER) GIVE US SOME BUILD UP PLEASE still, i he i was really excited to read this book when i read the blurb bc it sounded so precious. modern inspired story of beauty and the beast?? epic sadly, it was not. usually, im not too critical with insta-love, it doesn't bother me all that much bc i can find it somewhat believable (in MOST books) but in this book it was just SO over the top. the insta-love was so instantaneous, they were beyond help after their FIRST meeting (AND THEY DIDNT EVEN SEE EACH OTHER) GIVE US SOME BUILD UP PLEASE still, i held hope that it would improve bc the plot was interesting enough and i wanted to find out about the sub-plot that takes place in the past and how it was related to the mystery at hand. definitely a better written story but it was so minor in comparison to the main story and then as the book progressed, i became less and less interested bc the whole romance was just so baseless and overwhelming and just,,,,,stranger danger my dudes AND THEN THE ??PLOT TWIST?? was supposed to be shocking but i was just annoyed my pros for this would be the sub-plot and romance between angelina and her mans forgot his name soz was very well written. the writing is descript and beautiful and easy to read throughout. the relationship between clara and her father (WISH WE GOT MORE OF THAT). clara's love for dancing, i enjoyed reading about that. the ending tied everything nicely together, i'll give it that. yeah that's it. i didn't hate jonah but i didnt find him compelling enough to invest my emotions. but hey, i hold the very unpopular opinion, so maybe you'll enjoy ✌️ buddy read with my sous chef

  10. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    5 Stars! (ARC provided by author) Clara Campbell is a midwestern girl from Ohio. She’d been dancing since she was four, and her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina come true when she joins the New Orleans Ballet. Alone in a new city she feels homesick. Then she learns of the local attraction at Windisle Plantation. She’s drawn to the tragic tale and history of a couple from years ago that were plagued by heartbreak and misery. The myth of their ghosts and the stone wall where people left 5 Stars! (ARC provided by author) Clara Campbell is a midwestern girl from Ohio. She’d been dancing since she was four, and her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina come true when she joins the New Orleans Ballet. Alone in a new city she feels homesick. Then she learns of the local attraction at Windisle Plantation. She’s drawn to the tragic tale and history of a couple from years ago that were plagued by heartbreak and misery. The myth of their ghosts and the stone wall where people left their wishes fascinated her. She decides to go leave a wish at the wall, and is shocked when she hears movement from the other side. She keeps returning weekly and a friendship forms between two lonely people who can talk anonymously and be themselves. They become each other’s deepest confidant. They talk about everything despite the physical barricade between them. Jonah Chamberlain once had it all, or so he thought. He was a handsome, successful lawyer. The golden boy son following in his father’s footsteps. Then the path he chose forever changed his life, and led him to Windisle. Now he feels worthless and pathetic, and is consumed by grief, anger and pain. He’s become a recluse, and is a shell of the man he used to be. He’s locked away in his fortress by his own self-appointed isolation. Then he forms an unusual bond with a woman named Clara. She intrigued him, and offered him compassion. He was captivated by her sweetness, and she soothes him, and makes him question everything. She made him yearn for things that were long out of his reach. Their time together felt magical, and he decides to enjoy the moments they had. -"I care about you, Jonah. I feel this... pull toward you that I've never felt before." -What an awful, desolate feeling to know that the man who made your heart swell and your blood tremble was there, so close, and yet completely and utterly out of reach. Clara has been obsessing over her broken wish collector since the day they met. He brought her peace, and invoked a fierce longing in her. She wanted this beautiful man to be hers. For him to join the world, and realize he still had plenty to offer. Her scarred stranger had stolen her heart. Jonah continues to push Clara away. He doesn’t know how they can have a future together. He felt safe behind his wall, and thought being with him would only bring misery to Clara’s life, but he couldn’t deny she’d changed him. Would he stay an outcast hidden in his sanctuary making himself suffer, and risk her walking away, or will he step out of the shadows for love? This story is about a man who lives life consumed with such an overwhelming, intense sadness. It’s about healing, forgiveness, hope, shame, redemption, second chances, and most of all love. That sometimes we just need that one person to truly see us and believe in us. It’s also about the need to find faith in yourself and love yourself as you are. That nobody is perfect, but we all always have something to be grateful for. This book was a deeply emotional, romantic, beautiful, touching, unique story. I loved it so much! It’s one of my favorites by this author. A book that touches your heart, and one I’ll be thinking about for a while. ❤️ -He lived in the darkness, but Clara, she was his light. -He ached. He ached with longing so intense it left him breathless. She was his Clara. -Where there was love, there was always, always hope. -He'd been infused with her hopefulness- her joy- and filled with the wonder of the grace she'd given him. ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/2QiBeNF

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katy Regnery

    I just finished THE WISH COLLECTOR by Mia Sheridan and people? This is one gorgeous, sweeping, epic American love story. I could feel the hot, spicy New Orleans breeze on my cheeks as I read each word...and picture Windisle Plantation, the center of so much true love and heartbreak, in all of its former-glory, old-world charm. There are two love stories inside THE WISH COLLECTOR, and I loved them equally. A modern-day mash-up of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Phantom of the Opera,” with its fairyta I just finished THE WISH COLLECTOR by Mia Sheridan and people? This is one gorgeous, sweeping, epic American love story. I could feel the hot, spicy New Orleans breeze on my cheeks as I read each word...and picture Windisle Plantation, the center of so much true love and heartbreak, in all of its former-glory, old-world charm. There are two love stories inside THE WISH COLLECTOR, and I loved them equally. A modern-day mash-up of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Phantom of the Opera,” with its fairytale roots buried firmly in New Orleans’ mystical past, this is a love story for the ages. ~Katy Regnery, New York Times bestselling author Well done, my Mia. #NoSpace xoxoxo

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    ~Full review to come!~ 🌸 This is an F (BR) with CC, Loyda, and War! 🌸 For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    3 stars.🌟🌟🌟 I really wanted to love this more but it felt like too many competing storylines were fighting for my attention and interest. What we have here is a combination of a historical tragedy and part mystery dating back to the "Civil War" that needs to be solved as well as a modern day romance with "Phantom of the Opera" overtones. All of this is set in the Deep South (New Orleans) with little touches of light and dark magic. The author presents us with a deeply scarred and tortured hero -Jon 3 stars.🌟🌟🌟 I really wanted to love this more but it felt like too many competing storylines were fighting for my attention and interest. What we have here is a combination of a historical tragedy and part mystery dating back to the "Civil War" that needs to be solved as well as a modern day romance with "Phantom of the Opera" overtones. All of this is set in the Deep South (New Orleans) with little touches of light and dark magic. The author presents us with a deeply scarred and tortured hero -Jonah. He has become an almost total recluse in an attempt to hide from his dark and scandalous past. He is stagnant unable to move forward until he meets Clara, a ballet dancer new to the city- also a little lonely and alone. Jonah is definitely a man, very much in need of forgiveness and redemption for his past mistakes but he appears unable to break away from his own self-loathing and regret enough to allow this to happen. Clara's kindness, strength and patience though, gradually begins to break through Jonah's barriers. Mia Sheridan is an author that I really admire but this simply wasn't my favorite book of hers although I am sure many of her readers will love this poignant and sad release. p.s. "Kyland" remains my favorite. So heartbreaking but so very-very good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader

    Beautiful!! What a magnificent book! Full review coming soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Betul

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** 4.5 stars "For now they were just a boy and a girl, sitting on opposite sides of a wall, a layer of thick stone between them, but their hearts connected nonetheless. And for now, he would enjoy the moments they had." First of all I want to say that I absolutely love the cover and title of this book. It is beautiful and magical, and I think it fits this book perfectly. "The Wish Collector is the story of shame and triumph, of loneliness and love, and **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** 4.5 stars "For now they were just a boy and a girl, sitting on opposite sides of a wall, a layer of thick stone between them, but their hearts connected nonetheless. And for now, he would enjoy the moments they had." First of all I want to say that I absolutely love the cover and title of this book. It is beautiful and magical, and I think it fits this book perfectly. "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." I don't even read Mia's book blurbs to decide if I want to read the book, I just read them to see what level of excitement I should be in. We have mystery, magic, history, romance, heartbreak and so much more in this book. I love all of these elements so I knew I was in for an interesting ride. I will not go into the plot a lot, because I think the blurb is more than enough to entice the reader to pick up this book, so I will discuss my feelings and thoughts. I just loved the way the main characters Jonah and Clara met. It was magical, mysterious and intriguing. I just couldn't wait to see how their relationship would develop from the moment they met. Clara is so selfless and caring, she is the type of person loved by many. Jonah, is broken and hiding from the world, he is punishing himself. But the moment he meets Clara, he knows he can't hide or ignore her. "He wouldn't let her fall. Though in all honesty, it was far too late for that. She'd fallen. Somewhere along the way, she'd already fallen." The Wish Collector is a beautiful and magical contemporary romance. Clara is trying to solve a mystery/curse and the flashbacks of this two other characters connected to this mystery was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I honestly wanted more of these flashbacks and I didn't think there were enough of them in this book. Also I felt like in the last 20% of the book a lot of things were resolved a bit too conveniently. I was expecting a bigger focus on it, because it was pretty important in the first half of the book. But towards the end it fell more to the background. In a way this was a good thing because the focus became stronger on Jonah and Clara's relationship and problems. But I was invested in both stories and was just expecting a little bit more. Overall, this book was amazing and so beautiful. The characters were great, the story was original, and I was hooked until the end. This book had a very different atmosphere to it, I think it being set in New Orleans was part of the reason it felt magical. Also Mia Sheridan's beautiful story-telling and writing was another reason this book was so intriguing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maram

    buddy read with my baby sister, maymay 👭 (I’ll provide a link to her profile once I’m on my lappy) It’s been a while since we read an actual book together since I always end up ditching our br 🌚 Here’s to hoping that I don’t get bored from this 🎉

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Review pending

  18. 4 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    Once again Mia Sheridan has blown me away with this amazing read!! She really went outside of her comfort zones with this story, and pushed beyond anything she’s done before. I’m not going to spoil, but it was such an honor being able to Beta read on this one. I can’t wait to read it again!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lo Bookfrantic

    wohooo so excited to start this baby, and guess what?? is FREE with my PRIME membership say what??!! hell yessss!! is also free with your kindle unlimited hehe.

  20. 4 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone POV: Third Person Rating: Clara Campbell moved to New Orleans to pursue her lifelong dream as a ballerina. Alone and sad, she was drawn to the magic and mystery of a local tragic love story - a fascination that led her to a very private man. Jonah Chamberlain sequestered himself at the infamous Windisle Plantation. Years gone by while he hid behind the crumbling wall until he met someone who made him crave what he lost. As they tried to solve mystery of Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone POV: Third Person Rating: Clara Campbell moved to New Orleans to pursue her lifelong dream as a ballerina. Alone and sad, she was drawn to the magic and mystery of a local tragic love story - a fascination that led her to a very private man. Jonah Chamberlain sequestered himself at the infamous Windisle Plantation. Years gone by while he hid behind the crumbling wall until he met someone who made him crave what he lost. As they tried to solve mystery of the past, they started to think about the future, but it won’t happen unless they learn to let go. Yes, she tormented him, but she’d also begun to loosen the immovable noose around his neck. He wasn’t sure if it was wise to even consider that. Clara had a gentle and caring heart. She was selfless towards others even when she didn’t get the same courtesy. Sure, those are good qualities but at the same time I also wondered how long before her innocence get swallowed whole by the big bad world lol! He was beauty and pain, glory and suffering, vengeance and grace, and all things made stronger and more meaningful because they have an opposite. Jonah believed he deserved what happened to him. I liked learning about his past and his fall from grace that led to his penance. He took everything too hard and it was good to see how he slowly chipped away the wall he built around himself. The story flowed at an easy pace. I liked how there were a past and a present. However, I wanted to feel more connection and significance between the two. It would also help if there were more details on the happenings of the past that would add to the feel. The Wish Collector is a tale of guilt and redemption. It would appeal to readers looking for a romantic story with a sprinkling of everyday magic. 🦋 🌹 🦋 . . . (F)BR With Twinsie CC, Loyda & Liz . . . 🦋 🌹 🦋 For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    4.25 perfectly flawed stars. Check out my full review at Readin' Under Street-Lamps. Although I wouldn’t really categorize this book as paranormal, it did seem entirely too magical at times to be something borne in reality, and Mia’s writing is a caricature of it’s own. I hadn’t read a book of her’s in a long long time, and to me personally, it was like a cold water to my face- a remainder that there are all these authors so brilliantly talented in the art of story telling, and that I was reading 4.25 perfectly flawed stars. Check out my full review at Readin' Under Street-Lamps. Although I wouldn’t really categorize this book as paranormal, it did seem entirely too magical at times to be something borne in reality, and Mia’s writing is a caricature of it’s own. I hadn’t read a book of her’s in a long long time, and to me personally, it was like a cold water to my face- a remainder that there are all these authors so brilliantly talented in the art of story telling, and that I was reading one of their works in the present, and not decades and centuries after they have already been declared legends. Humbling feeling if I were to be honest. I am totally stealing this from some review I read some time ago, and as said reviewer said, anyone can be a writer, but not everyone can be an author. And Sheridan is undoubtedly, an author. Enchanting and darkly expressive, The Wish Collector is Mia Sheridan at her absolute best.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    ★4.5 STARS★ It always been Clara Campbell’s dream to be a ballet dancer. The triumph of her achievement is marred by the ill health of her father who worked tirelessly to help her fund and achieve her dream. Having had to relocate to New Orleans she’s overwhelmed loneliness but soon finds herself lost in the magic and intrigue of her local area. There’s one story in particular that calls to her, and it’s because of this story she finds herself at Windisle Plantation. Windisle Plantation has been ★4.5 STARS★ It always been Clara Campbell’s dream to be a ballet dancer. The triumph of her achievement is marred by the ill health of her father who worked tirelessly to help her fund and achieve her dream. Having had to relocate to New Orleans she’s overwhelmed loneliness but soon finds herself lost in the magic and intrigue of her local area. There’s one story in particular that calls to her, and it’s because of this story she finds herself at Windisle Plantation. Windisle Plantation has been in Jonah Chamberlain’s family for generations. More recently it’s become the self imposed exile as a result of an incident that to this day brings him untold shame. He has reconciled himself to living and moving in the darkness, until Clara’s presence makes him long for the light. With The Wish Collector Mia Sheridan produces a profoundly heartfelt and emotional read. It’s a story of redemption, forgiveness and finding love in the darkest and loneliest of places. It’s a story that moved me and the beauty of the writing gave me reason to take pause. Lovers of romance could not wish for a better read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~

    4,5 A história mostra a amizade e o amor que surge a partir do encontro de Clara, uma bailarina que muda-se para New Orleans depois que é admitida em uma companhia de dança local e Jonah, um ex-advogado que sofre diariamente com suas cicatrizes e com a culpa que carrega pela tragédia que teve sua participação 8 anos atrás. Esse encontro se dá de forma inusitada, com eles separados por um famoso muro da cidade, local onde pessoas deixam seus pedidos na esperança de serem atendidos. A fama do muro o 4,5 A história mostra a amizade e o amor que surge a partir do encontro de Clara, uma bailarina que muda-se para New Orleans depois que é admitida em uma companhia de dança local e Jonah, um ex​-​advogado que sofre diariamente com suas cicatrizes e com a culpa que carrega pela tragédia que teve sua participação 8 anos atrás. Esse encontro se dá de forma inusitada, com eles separados por um famoso muro da cidade, local onde pessoas deixam seus pedidos na esperança de serem atendidos. A fama do muro oriunda de uma história de amor do passado, entre um soldado do exército e uma escrava que vivia nesse local. "É como se você estivesse todo ao meu redor. Atrás de mim. No ar. Me preenchendo." O trágico romance é o fio condutor das diversas conversas entre Clara e Jonah, que é quem na atualidade, vive na casa centenária que a escrava servia décadas atrás. A amizade entre Clara e Jonah floresce mas mesmo com eles sempre separados por algo, ​como a escuridão, a linha de telefone ou o famoso muro da cidade. Clara é curiosa, dedicada e persistente no que faz. Jonah é um homem marcado pro sua culpa e que depois do que lhe aconteceu, tornou-se um homem recluso. Somente com a chegada da bailarina é que ele inspira-se a olhar para si mesmo em sua realidade e a aceitar o que ele não pode mudar. O livro é um romance bem gostoso de ler e que faz referencia a dois contos de fadas para abordar auto conhecimento, mistério, magia, perdão e redenção.​ Ele faz um convite ao leitor a respeito da gratidão e ver o lado bom da vida, mesmo nos momentos ruins. Mais uma vez a autora Mia Sheridan apresentou um trabalho lindo e que prova o quão ela é versátil fora da sua famosa série Signos do Amor. Arc gentilmente cedido pela autora. Obrigada.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    The hero is the lawyer of a rapist and he defends the piece of sh*t till the end until he gets free and kills a lot of people. I am not interested in his redemption even if there is any. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    4 1/2 "Amazing Grace" Stars! Review to come. For now, I loved it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Talon

    "For love. For magic. For wishes that finally came true." Every time I read a Mia Sheridan book I am blown away by her story telling abilities. The Wish Collector is no different. With this story I think she went back to her "Archer roots" and I loved every second of it.  Two words. Slow. Burn. I could not get enough of Clara and Jonah together. Watching their friendship develop into what it did, in the amount of time that it did, was very heartwarming to me. I felt, I don't know, warm inside ever "For love. For magic. For wishes that finally came true." Every time I read a Mia Sheridan book I am blown away by her story telling abilities. The Wish Collector is no different. With this story I think she went back to her "Archer roots" and I loved every second of it.  Two words. Slow. Burn. I could not get enough of Clara and Jonah together. Watching their friendship develop into what it did, in the amount of time that it did, was very heartwarming to me. I felt, I don't know, warm inside every time they interacted. Their two personalities combined was the perfect yin and yang. Watching their worlds collide was just magical. That is the only word I can think of to describe it. Magical.  "He was beauty and pain, glory and suffering, vengeance and grace, and all things made stronger and more meaningful because they have an opposite." I love seeing the girl fight for the guy. I think that was my favorite part of the book. Although, Jonah does his fair share of fighting for Clara, I was so impressed to see Clara approach Jonah the way she did. I love that so much in a woman. Correcting her wrongs. Apologizing. And it didn't feel forced. I felt Clara's want and need to go to Jonah and make things right.  I adore Mia's flawed characters. Whether physically or emotionally, I am a complete sucker for them every time. Knowing that there are books out there that doesn't fit the cliche of abs and perfect faces and perfect everything, makes things a lot more real for me. In turn, the characters feel real. And there is nothing more appealing in a book than when characters come to life for you. I am blown away every time. If you're looking for a swoon worthy romance that's very much character driven, packed full of magical, and will straight up enchant you, pick up The Wish Collector. Seriously. You will not regret it. Mia's writing and story telling abilities never cease to amaze me. 

  27. 5 out of 5

    BleuBelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Don't really know how to feel about this book. The title and the cover don't suit the book, at all. Heroine calls the Hero "Wish Collector", but I see it differently. He just picked them up and threw them away, to tidy up his grounds. Nothing more, nothing less. I didn't feel any connection or attraction between the Heroine and the Hero. He's celibate for 8 years and then whoops, falls in love with the first women he meets. Very convincing. One thing that was irritating were the terms "girl" and "b Don't really know how to feel about this book. The title and the cover don't suit the book, at all. Heroine calls the Hero "Wish Collector", but I see it differently. He just picked them up and threw them away, to tidy up his grounds. Nothing more, nothing less. I didn't feel any connection or attraction between the Heroine and the Hero. He's celibate for 8 years and then whoops, falls in love with the first women he meets. Very convincing. One thing that was irritating were the terms "girl" and "boy" used by the Heroine and the Hero to describe each other and themselves. Are we 12? At some parts, it was creepy. The issue with the Hero's past, well I don't really know how to feel about that. It took a 180 at the end, so Hero was not the very villain he was portrayed to be. I think he was tortured by the death of his older brother. But the rest? Well I don't really know. And I'm confused by the ending. Did the murderer really murder all the girls? And why did he kill himself and the "witness"? And the flashbacks into the past with the other couple? I'm not a fan of these. I tend to concentrate on one couple and don't need to read about other love interests in the 1POV. It was just snippets and felt very unsatisfied with a sad ending. I just thought this story would be different. My bad.

  28. 5 out of 5

    CC

    Clara Campbell is a ballet dancer that has recently relocated to New Orleans. Sincere and kind, Clara sets out to make friends and in the process she learns of an old curse placed upon two star-crossed lovers who lived in the mid 1860s. In her effort to discover more, she gets to know the one man that may be able to provide more than just answers to her questions. “Mm-hmm. You’ve been in New Orleans for a couple of months now. You haven’t heard of the weeping wall?” Jonah Chamberlain was raised Clara Campbell is a ballet dancer that has recently relocated to New Orleans. Sincere and kind, Clara sets out to make friends and in the process she learns of an old curse placed upon two star-crossed lovers who lived in the mid 1860s. In her effort to discover more, she gets to know the one man that may be able to provide more than just answers to her questions. “Mm-hmm. You’ve been in New Orleans for a couple of months now. You haven’t heard of the weeping wall?” Jonah Chamberlain was raised in a privileged home with longstanding roots in New Orleans. An attorney by profession, Jonah was successful until one day his entire path changed. Believing he was the cause for many wrongs, Jonah exiles himself from society and lives in seclusion at his family’s estate. “To feel alive again? Even for a moment? Were any of those things even possible?” Told between shifting timelines of past and present, this narrative seamlessly weaves two plotlines to reveal the challenges these characters must face. As more details are revealed from the past, Clara pushes forward despite Jonah’s cautious resistance. While Clara respects Jonah’s rationale for privacy, she is desperate for him to trust and open his heart. “I’d share everything with you if I could. Even my blackened soul . . .” From the beginning, it’s clear there is much more to Jonah’s past and that is what makes his loneliness and seclusion seem so misguided. Yet, I was able to understand how his emotion and circumstances fueled his fears. Clara provided a good balance and assuaged Jonah’s insecurities in a realistic way. However, there were some parts that felt too convenient and a bit rushed for my preference. What Mia Sheridan offers in The Wish Collector is a character driven story deeply steeped in the notion of a heartfelt romance and deserved redemption. *This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey, Lonestar Liz and Loyda!* For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Dont waste your time with this one. I'm an absolute sucker for the beauty and the beast/ Phantom of the opera plot but not even that could save this mess. The hero was a scumbag and a coward. The heroine was an annoying naive little cherub with flowers in her eyes. The plot and characters lacked passion and intrigue and id say the MC's only spent 30% of the book together. There was just so much other shit piled on top of an already annoying romance. But you know what annoyed me the most? The fac Dont waste your time with this one. I'm an absolute sucker for the beauty and the beast/ Phantom of the opera plot but not even that could save this mess. The hero was a scumbag and a coward. The heroine was an annoying naive little cherub with flowers in her eyes. The plot and characters lacked passion and intrigue and id say the MC's only spent 30% of the book together. There was just so much other shit piled on top of an already annoying romance. But you know what annoyed me the most? The fact that the hero was still rich somehow?! Because in the end, thats the only trait that really matters in a guy. Sure he can be scared, a recluse, and have the emotional maturity of a 5 year old BUT IF HE'S RICH THEN SIGN ME UPPPPPP. I should have just listened to Leonores review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rejane

    I read Leonor’s review first and shelved this book as NO WAY JOSE before reading synopsis and knowing who the author is. Then I went to check the book. What a shame someone can redeem, defende and excuse a this attorney who defended a rapist . 🤦🏻♀😠😤🤭 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I read Leonor’s review first and shelved this book as NO WAY JOSE before reading synopsis and knowing who the author is. Then I went to check the book. What a shame someone can redeem, defende and excuse a this attorney who defended a rapist . 🤦🏻‍♀️😠😤🤭 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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