Release date: 15th December 2015
One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.
Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.
Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.
New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.
Firstly, If you haven’t read the other books in the Sweet Home series then you must go get them right now. Not only is important to do before reading this one, but they should be read anyway. Simply put the whole series is amazing. And Levi’s story ends it beautifully.
I will hold my hand up and say I had my reservations. Not in Tillie’s ability to write Levi an amazing story, that was never in doubt, but to take an already completed series (Sweet Hope epilogue already gives away the premise of Sweet Soul) and to take it back to the youngest characters was never going to be easy. Tillie had already taken this series from YA firmly into NA and beyond. To take it back again? well, that’s a task I’m not envious of.
I can easily say that this book not only exceeded any expectation I had, but it smashed them to smithereens.
I’m not going into details about the story, there isn’t a need to. We all know what poor Lev has been through. He is going through the most heartbreaking stuff. He is in a constant struggle with his demons. When he meets Elsie in awful circumstances he finally begins to actually live. And so does she. This is the story of two broken souls finding a way to mend each other.
I can’t begin to fathom how Tillie managed to write a story from a young man’s point of view with such clarity. I have a teen son. He suffers from crippling shyness. It was like reading his words. I can’t tell you how much my heart ached while reading.
While this story may not have the high drama of the other books, this has double the amount of feels and then some. You’re going to read about situations that can and are happening around us all right now. Bullying, depression and anxiety are things the vast majority of us will face at some point.
Tillie has done an amazing job here. I can’t rate it highly enough. Having been a fan of Tillie since her first release its such a joy to read anything she releases, you can guarantee she will add another layer to her crazy good writing skills.