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.
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There are some books you just know will knock you sideways emotionally. Between the blurb and the author, I expected Finding Home would be one of those, and I wasn’t wrong. Finding Home is a Young Adult, hurt/comfort romance in which two foster brothers meet, find strength in each other, and fall in love. If you are a fan of books that leave their mark on your heart, this is definitely worth the read. This standalone leads with a powerful prologue in which the author introduces Leo to the reader and describes a horrific single night which is the culmination of years of abuse by his father. The emotional start gives a clear picture of Leo and his sister’s trauma, ensuring even the slightest concessions Leo makes are appreciated as he tries to adjust to life with his newest foster family, the Poultons. I enjoyed seeing him grow and find strength in himself while learning to trust others. Leo’s foster brother, Charlie, has been with the Poultons most of his life and seems well-adjusted. His quiet strength and steadiness was the perfect contrast to Leo’s brashness and lashing out. The soulful connection between these two teenagers came through immediately. The writing depicted their emotions in vivid detail as they battled themselves, outside influences and worries, and occasionally each other, and I quickly found myself immersed in their story. As this is a Young Adult book, the romance stays pretty PG, focusing on the emotional development individually and then as a couple, making for a memorable story that pulled at my heartstrings. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
5 Stars!!! 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. ***
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet and also hard to read at times because Leo suffered so much and so has his sister Lila, who is deaf. Leo's dad killed their mother and then set the house on fire. He suffers from PTSD and has nightmares and sensory problems. Charlie helps Leo cope, and they form a very quick bond. I was shocked at how quickly they formed an attachment to each other, but Charlie is a sensitive soul, and Leo is eager for someone to help him. Since they are only 15, this is a very G rated story and I loved it. Everything they did was appropriate and completely nice. Just wait until they get older. :) Charlie is a good boy and he knows what he should do and what is expected of him, but he can't stand the idea of Leo being alone or hurt, so Leo goes against his better judgement sometimes. There is a lot of drama and angst in this story and I was so worried these boys wouldn't come out the other side intact, but they prove to be a lot stronger than me because not only do they make it, but they fight for and find happiness. Leo's struggles are not over, and their life is only really just beginning, but based on what I read I think Leo will make it. I adored Lila - she isn't in the story a lot, but she does play a key role because she brings out all of Leo's protective instincts (sometimes to his detriment). I would have loved to have seen more scenes with them together playing and signing to each other, but I never doubted they loved each other fiercely. I do recommend this and think everyone will enjoy this because there isn't much angst but there is a lot of action to draw you in. It's also a short story but you don't feel rushed in getting to know all the characters.