Title: 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.
Author: Garrett Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Misfits, What Remains, Slide, Marked
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Author
Published: Oct 9, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance, Young Adult
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You would think by now I would know to have plenty of tissues on hand when I pick up the latest book by Garrett Leigh but no, here I have Finding Home in and not a tissue in sight. Leo and Lila. Rip my heart out! So sad what has happened to them. Leo is so brave but so filled with pain. It’s so easy to see how he is hurting on the outside, but inside, his fear and pain are more than he can handle. A bit nerdy and creative, Charlie is just one of those characters you instantly like. He’s ready to befriend Leo but something in his eyes calls out to Charlie, making him want more.
I normally don’t read YA books. Usually, they are filled with cry-me-a-river pain I really could do without. However, Finding Home is different. Leo isn’t bad, he’s had bad things done to him. He needs someone to help him heal, to teach him to trust again. I love the relationship that grows between Leo and Charlie. It’s sweet and fragile as it becomes something more. Now that something more is relatively tame after all both boys are teens, so don’t go expecting any sex. However, you can expect to find yourself so drawn into their lives you may have a hard time putting your book down.
What would a great story be without a great supporting cast! Lila, Andy, Wayne, Reg, and Kate are wonderful additions to the story. However, the award for outstanding support performance goes to Fliss. Once in a while, you come across a character that surprises you. One that at first you think is just filler, then as you get to know them, and their importance to the story, you can’t help but fall in love with them. That’s Fliss. Everyone needs a Fliss in their family.
Unlike some of the other books I have read of Ms. Garrett’s Finding Home is a standalone. In some ways, I’m happy about it because, after all the pain and heartbreak, everyone does get their HEA. It’s just sometimes you read a book, you want more. Finding Home is one of those books and well worth reading.