About Finding Home
How do you find a home when your heart is in ashes?
With their mum dead and their father on remand for her murder, Leo Hendry and his little sister, Lila, have nothing in the world but each other. Broken and burned, they’re thrust into the foster care system. Leo shields Lila from the fake families and forced affection, until the Poulton household is the only place left to go.
Charlie de Sousa is used to other kids passing through the Poulton home, but there’s never been anyone like his new foster brother. Leo’s physical injuries are plain to see, but it’s the pain in his eyes that draws Charlie in the most.
Day by day, they grow closer, but the darkness inside Leo consumes him. He rejects his foster parents, and when Charlie gets into trouble, Leo’s attempt to protect him turns violent. When Leo loses control, no one can reach him—except Charlie. He desperately needs a family—a home—and only Charlie can show him the way.
This wasn’t an easy subject matter to read about. The things that Leo and his younger sister, Lila went through were horrifying. Their father should be castrated, one ball at a time, then sew them back on and start the process all over again. Okay, enough about evil.
Although hearing what Leo and Lila went through wasn’t easy, this was still a feel good, heartwarming YA novel. I loved both Charlie and Leo and am so happy they came into one another’s lives. I loved that Charlie was there for Leo to help him through the tough times and when needed Leo repaid the favor. The foster family Leo and Lila were placed with was amazing and I loved the parents as well as the siblings. They were patient, caring and an amazing support system for Leo and Lila.
This was a well-written story, a quick read that was paced well and left me with all the feels. My only hope is maybe Ms. Leigh will revisit Charlie and Leo again in the future to let us see what life holds for them. An excellent story that’s was enjoyable and highly recommendable!!
*copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I have to admit I don't read all that much YA, however, the cover, the blurb and the fact that this is a Garrett Leigh book made it impossible for me to resist and I'm very thankful for that.
15-year-old Leo and his 6-year-old sister end up at the Poulton's house after their mother was murdered by their father. Leo is angry and on the verge of losing control, but he can't help feeling something for Charlie. Leo is protective of both Lila and Charlie, to the point of violence at any perceived threat.
Charlie is 15, as well, and can't help the attraction he feels for Leo. He knows he's gay, even if he's never admitted it to anyone. After a confusing incident, Charlie gets in trouble and Leo helps him out, bringing them closer to each other. When Leo lashes out at someone that he perceives as a threat, Charlie will need to show him the way back home.
This book was angsty and sweet and realistic. My heart clenched inside my chest as I read everything Leo and Lila had to go through. Especially Leo, since Lila was too little to really know what had happened. Charlie was very sweet and his parents and foster siblings were great. I loved how they all rallied to help Leo when he needed it.
Finding Home is a fast-paced, well-written read! It was captivating and I just couldn't put it down until I finished. Definitely a must read!
*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley by Riptide Publishing, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
About Garrett Leigh
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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