Title: Sweet Soul
Series: Sweet Home #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: New adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
4 Most Exquisitely Beautiful Stars
I Loveeeee Tillie Cole, I started the year reading this series and at that time Tillie was a new author to me. Now she will always be a go to author, this one was just the perfect ending to the series and year for me really especially when I started out with this series.
So what's it about
This is about a boy who has been brought up in a gang and lost his mum to a disease, which he feels like he's lost his soul and himself because he wasn't there for her when he thinks he should of been. He's lonely and although his life is sooo much better, with living with his brother Austin and family. He is hard working, loves studying and ADORES his team. He's still very much on his own and doesn't really let many people in. He doesn't party and mix with his team mates and keeps to himself.
Then he meets Elsie.
Elsie is deaf in one ear and that has meant she hasn't been given the best start in life, she lost her mum to drugs and is living in a world without hope or safety. Yet Levi was there at the right time and helped her. This is a story ultimately about two quiet creatures in many ways that need some hope. That need someone to understand who the other side to themselves are, and just to find someone who really knows what the other is going through. They have both been through the mill. Yet together they were able to repair the other.
What I loved.
I adored the sentiments, the fact that these two people deserved a chance. I love how Tillie gives us characters that pull at my heart and also delivers a plot that is believable and very REAL. Real circumstances and real situations that you may not necessarily see to you and me, but are most definitely there if you look deeper. I love how Elsie changed and grew into a strong woman and wrote poetry which spoke to my heart in many ways.
I loved how Levi became a protector and learnt how to LIVE for himself. And I loved how this was a story about family and unity, which are all things I love to read about.
Why not 5?
I love this series you get the gist, and don't get me confused 4 is still a Great read. But this is a very sweet beautiful read, and slightly cheesy in parts. It is a beautiful book but don't expect characters like Austin and Axel as Levi is not like them, so it was just a slightly different read for me. Saying that I think this is perfect ending to the series and for me a great book to enjoy. I am sooo happy I took the chance with this series because I have sure enjoy taking the time to be wrapped up in these characters through the year really.
**ARC Gifted via the author in exchange for an honest review.**Elsie grabbed her pen and paper; I took her hand. I walked her out of the pool house to the kitchen door. I opened the door, and Elsie walked through. When she glanced over her shoulder, I said, “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Elsie smiled and walked up the stairs to her room. Just as I was about to shut the door, Lexi appeared from the darkened dining room, a sleeping Dante in her arms.
I opened my mouth to say something when Lexi beat me to it. “Dante woke up for a feed a while ago. I was in the dining room when I saw Elsie run by and leave. I panicked at first thinking she was running away, then I saw you by your pool house. Saw you let her inside.”
My face was on fire as Lexi spoke, rocking my nephew in her arms. I didn’t say anything, but I clearly didn’t need to. “You like her. A lot,” Lexi stated. Unable to lie to my brother’s wife, I nodded my head.
Lexi moved closer. “You’re taking her out tomorrow?”
Lexi nodded, then went to walk back up the stairs. Before she did, she turned round, and looked like she wanted to say something, but stopped herself. Needing to know what it was, I questioned, “What?”
Lexi looked in the direction of the stairs, in the direction Elsie went, and she said, “I think she’s been through more than we can understand, Lev. I’ve tried to talk to her every day, but she avoids conversation completely.” Lexi sighed and added, “I think she’s really broken inside. Severely. I think there’s something dark in her past that’s haunting her.”
My heart ached, and just as I turned to go back to my room, I whispered, “Then we’re the same. That’s what makes her so special to me.”
“Lev…” I heard Lexi hush out softly, but I was out of the door and into the pool house before she could react.
My mind raced with what Lexi said, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t already see. Elsie didn’t speak, she was too timid and shy. She’d lost her mamma, like I had lost mine. And I could see she was lonely, just like me.
Taking off my jacket, I walked to the table to clear away the mugs, when I saw a piece of paper was lying on the top. I wondered what it was. Suddenly I recognized Elsie’s handwriting.
Moving round the table, I dropped to the seat. The paper was folded in two, my name written across the top.
My heartbeat picked up speed as I opened the paper. At first I was confused by the centralized column of words, then my heart burst apart when I read a poem that Elsie had written:
Alone and lost, appeared this saint,
With pretty gray eyes, darkness can’t taint.
He stole her from cold, from blustering storm,
Kind and gentle, he took her from harm.
Fearful of dark, he created her light,
A jar of gold, chasing demons of night.
Telling stories of love, he brought to her life,
A moment by his side: no pain, no strife.
He gifted her poems, a gesture on whim,
With every word read, she could see only him.
She counted the days until he returned home,
The boy with his light, the girl not alone.
Invisible to all, a shade wandering in dark,
He brought back her faith, with his pure kind heart.
I love poetry, Levi.
Thank you for the book.
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.