Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole
Series: Sweet Home #4
Age group: New adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 15th December 2015
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Let me first just say, I am SO thankful Tillie lengthened this to a full scale novel instead of keeping it a novella as originally planned. Levi and Elsie's story is a story so powerful, it just couldn't be cut short. I fell in love with Carillo brothers back in 2014 and I am so happy to see them finally get their happy ever after. They each overcame so much, dealt with so many demons, it is a relief to see them all happy and loved.
Being the baby of the Carillo boys, Levi isn't like his brothers. He isn't hard and reserved like Axel, or a partyboy like Austin. He's quite, compassionate, and shy. Calling Levi "soft" may sound like a negative thing, but I mean it in a naturally innocent type of way. Even though he was extremely young when tragedy struck his family, Levi still experienced the pain; the pain of losing a brother, losing a mother, and almost losing himself. He did things and saw things no child should have to ever see or do, and even after leaving it all behind, the past still haunts him.
Elsie is probably the most genuine, most beautiful, most humble female character I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Born into a world that doesn't understand her, Elsie has no choice but to fend for herself. Life on the streets hasn't been good to her and she's hobbling around on her last leg. When Elsie is forced to steal food in order to eat, she knows she has reached the end of her rope. She has no home, no friends, and no family. Just when she is sure life has no meaning and is ready to throw in the towel, Levi Carillo is there is remind her why she must keep fighting. What started as a courtesy call, Levi and Elsie's story becomes a life long commitment.
Sweet Soul isn't like the rest of the series; it's soft. Again, by soft I mean that it doesn't revolve around life's hard edges. In terms of candy, Sweet Soul is the caramel gooey center of a hard nutty truffle. I think it was a perfect ending novel to the series, because it sums up the amount of love and adoration this family deserves. Be prepared to cry; I did from like the 10th page on. The amount of gentleness this novel seeps will absolutely melt your heart. My heart broke for Elsie and Levi, but was sewn back together by their love story. As always, Cole does not disappoint
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.*