by Tillie Cole
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Published by Self Published on December 15th 2015
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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.
We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
Book Review: 5 stars
“Sweet Soul” is the story of the youngest of the Carillo-Brothers, Levi. We didn’t see very much about him in the previous books, only that he was a very introvert and shy person. But when he meets another introverted, shy and silent person, Elsie, can two so very scarred souls really heal each other?
I’m a big fan of Tillie Cole’s “Sweet Home”-Series. For me, every single of those books was special and touched me deeply. But with “Sweet Soul”, she managed to even make me cry, because I was so affected by everything that was said and done between Levi and Elsie. And that happens almost never to me! Kudos to Tillie for touching a spot in my heart, that’s rarely touched.
It was very fascinating for me, that I loved a book with such a strong YA-vibe – without much angst and only very little sex – so much. But the emotional side of the book made me turn the pages so fast, that I didn’t even really notice the lack of two normally so necessary personal criteria of mine.
Both Levi and Elsie were so very multi-layered characters and despite everything both went through, so very strong. Allowedly, Tillie always has a knack for overly-dramatic twists and conversations. But in the end, it works and made in “Sweet Soul” for a highly emotional and beautiful story.
Tillie Cole doesn’t shy away from writing about issues that can concern everybody and does it with a perfect balance of real struggles and fictious addings. Her writing-style is uncomplicated and flows smoothly.
All in all, I rate “Sweet Soul” with 5 stars and can highly recommend it, as well as all the other books from the “Sweet Home”-Series.
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