Title: Sweet Soul
Series: Sweet Home #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: New adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
“It’s me, I’m back,” I said loudly as I approached, trying not to startle her. The girl didn’t move, and for a minute, pure panic surged through my veins that something was very wrong.
But when my feet stopped before her, she jumped, a hoarse cry leaping from her throat. I stepped back, as those huge blue eyes fixed on mine. Her breathing was erratic. Droplets of sweat ran down her cheeks.
“Sorry, I called out that it was me. You didn’t hear.”
The girl weakly pulled the scarf off her neck, the skin underneath flushed and red. When she looked at my handful of goods her eyes widened. Taking it as my chance to explain, I crouched down and held out the coffee with cream and sugar. The girl’s brow furrowed, causing me to prompt, “It’s for you.”
She swallowed, and my cheeks heated with nervousness at the look of sheer gratitude on her face. Clearly seeing I wasn’t lying, she fought to straighten her weak body and sat further up against the wall. I resisted the urge to help her as she fought for breath. But I stayed back. She’d just been attacked. She didn’t want my touch, even if it was kindly meant.
The girl’s hand lifted up. I thought she was taking the coffee, until her hand landed on her large hood and she slowly pulled it back to reveal her face.
She kept her eyes downcast and ran her tongue over her broken lips. My breathing was held captive in my throat, until she looked up and I released the pent up breath. I could see that she wasn’t as young as she looked. Something in her eyes told me she was near my age, which I quickly realized would make it almost impossible to get her help. She wasn’t underage. I couldn’t make her go anywhere she didn’t want to.
The silence between us became thick and stagnant. I pushed the cup forward to her hand. The girl, regarding the cup like it was a lifeline, slowly reached out and took in her frail grasp. For a moment I thought she might drop the large cup and I steadied the bottom so it didn’t spill.
As my hand balanced the coffee, I could feel the magnitude of her trembling. Placing my coffee down on the ground, I shuffled forward helping her bring the coffee to her lips. As the first taste of the liquid hit her lips, her eyes closed and she took in a stuttered labored breath.
“You okay?” I asked quietly. The girl opened her eyes. Her head tipped to the side, studying my face. She hadn’t heard me. Clearing my throat again, I repeated, “Are you okay?”
The girl watched my lips, and flickering her focus back on my eyes, she gently nodded her head. Helping her rest the coffee on her bent knee, I leaned back, then passed over the bag of food. I realized that she was intently watching my mouth as I lifted the bag and deliberately said, “Sandwiches and cookies.” My cheeks blazed under her attention, and my stomach tightened with nerves. This was the most I’d ever spoken to a girl in my life, and it seemed that she was even more introverted than me.
Title: Sweet Soul
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Sweet Home #4)
“Alone and lost, appeared this saint,
With pretty grey eyes, darkness can't taint"
I received the ARC of Sweet Soul by the Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author, Tillie Cole in exchange for an honest and spoiler free review. I feel very honoured to be able to share this amazing experience.
“He stole her from cold, from the blustering storm,
Kind and gentle, he took her from harm"
An author like Tillie is my sole reason for loving and being very passionate about reading. When I knew that I had the chance to get an ARC, I was ready to start my review. How crazy is that? I loved Sweet Home/ Sweet Rome very much. I loved even more Sweet Fall and Sweet Hope. So in the bottom of my being I knew Sweet Soul would surpass the previous ones. But what I wasn't ready for is, Sweet Soul is by far one of the best books I've ever read in all my life. That says a lot, because I've read thousands of books since a very young age.
I know we can only rate a book out of 5 stars but let's be honest here, it deserves so much more, because Tillie’s words attached itself to my heart and soul and didn't let go. I was emotional all the way throughout this story. I won't call this a book because it's a story that had so much heart. So for my review, I have to give it a 10 star because I can't even write this review without feeling the effect of a MAJOR book hangover.
This story was a never ending well of emotions. The waterworks were going free flow and I finished reading with red eyes and nose but with a wide smile. And of course an empty box of Kleenex. It's the kind of story that made me feel everything the characters were experiencing.
I'm trying to find the right words to do this amazing story justice, but none come close enough to describe how I feel right now, because this story stole my heart.
”Fearful of dark, he created her light,
A jar of gold, chasing demons at night"
Levi is the third and youngest of the Carillo brothers. He's shy, quiet and very awkward around people. He feels lost. Levi has seen a lot for his young age and he has been left broken from the tragic events from his past. He goes through his days by studying and playing football. Elsie is homeless, alone without a prospect of a way out of her awful life. She carries also demons and effects from her own tragic past. Then one day she steals Levis heart to never give it back. They have built walls so high that no one has ever been able to break through them until now. I will leave the synopsis at that because I really want the readers to experience what I just did. You just have to trust me.
”Telling stories of love, he brought to her life
A moment by his side: no pain, no strife"
It's such a raw, honest love story of two young people who will find solace in each other. It deals with finding one self, creating and having a sense of belonging in this world that can be cruel.
“He gifted her poems, a gesture on whim,
With every word read, she could see only him."
The words, the characters and the setting grabbed me at the very first page to the very last one. A small piece of my heart was left with these great characters after I was done. The writing is incredibly deep and beautiful that it makes your soul weep and sing. It was a uniquely written plot with distinguished beautifully crafted characters. Instead of fictional characters they felt like real people. They were perfect for each other. I'm positive that this story will stay with me for a very long time. If someone asks me in a year from now what would I recommend, without a doubt, Sweet Soul.
“She counted the days until he returned home,
The boy with his light, the girl not alone."
This book could be read as a standalone but I personally like reading books in a series in order to better enjoy the full ride. The author wrote this book by keeping her main focus on Levi and Elsie. We get to read about few scenes with the other brothers. The reader can go in without missing too much from the first books and can still keep up easily. It's told in a dual POV with an HEA. The prologue is very well written with a closure for this couple. I STRONGLY recommend reading this book, you won't be disappointed. I also recommend the entire Sweet Home series.
"Invisible to all, a shade wandering in dark,
He brought back her faith, with his pure kind heart."
About the Author
Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.