WHY I READ IT
I fell in love with her Home Series hard and fast. I was ecstatic to see that Levi was getting a story of his own.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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.
Sweet Soul. The novella turned book. The book we had no idea we were getting until Tillie surprised us. Thank goodness she felt it in her heart that the youngest Carillo brother needed his story told because he definitely has captured my heart. This book was sad but sweet, heartbreaking but beautiful, and it all mixed in to make this book into one emotionally charged book. This book will take your heart and cradle it while it slowly squeezes and constricts as you read through Levi and Elsie’s trials, tribulations, and most importantly the evolution of their love.
Levi. Sweet, sweet Levi. Youngest Carillo brother. Old soul. He is truly a soft touch and had my heart with his love for his momma he showed from the beginning. The best thing was seeing although he is the sweetest brother, there are some traits that EVERY Carillo seems to have. The most important of these would be how they care for the women that seeps through the cracks of their hearts.
Elsie. Also sweet, but terribly alone in the beginning. Elsie is the epitome of a strong heroine. Although battling her own demons, she strikes a chord in Levi’s heart that resonates despite their rocky first and even second meeting. To see such a realistic character overcome an adversity that is very much a problem that goes past high school walls. Elsie is the type of heroine I want people to talk about for a long time. Speak of her grace, compassion, and love despite how she had the opposite of each thrust upon her by rotten souls.
To read about how two souls can go genuinely heal off of each other is rare. There are not many books out there that can show just how true it is that there is ALWAYS someone out there for you. This book is the best reminder that someone else out there needs you just as much as you need them. That someone out there will understand the pain you feel. Need healing the way you need healed. It reminds us that when it is right, no explanations are necessary when it comes to the ways we grieve, communicate, love, and live. This book is a message to the world that your twin soul is out there.