“You’re my kind of extraordinary. Levi Carillo, you’re the sweetest of souls.”
SWEET HOME, the final book in Tillie Cole's Sweet Home series, pulled at my heart strings on so many levels. This story of two lost souls finding and healing each other was heartbreaking yet beautiful.
Levi Carrillo, the youngest of the Carillo brothers was always the shy and quiet boy in the previous books. Forced into a street gang and losing his beloved Mama at such a tender age, Levi was a lost soul still haunted by his Mama's death, and unable to move forward until he met Elsie Hall, his "Mia Luna". Elsie's life was not full of sunshines and rainbows - partially deaf herself and with a deaf and drug addicted mother, Elsie's life so far was lived either on the streets or in group homes. Her disability made her the target of vicious bullies. Bullying is a major subject in this book and kudos to Tillie Cole for showing that bullying can take place at any stage in a person's life.
When their two worlds collide, we see these two lonely, lost souls heal each other. Both are SO tortured and haunted by their pasts but yet together, they bring light into each other's lives: “Because you’re the center of my world. To me, that is the most special thing in life. To be that important, that vital to another’s happiness. It’s not just special, it’s priceless.”
This emotionally charged, sweet story had me choking back tears. My heart ached for the cruelty suffered by Elsie and to Levi's recollections of his Mama. And their journey of love, trust and acceptance was deeply moving and soul shattering. I loved seeing where all the other characters were in their lives. You really get a real sense of family and friends throughout this book and series! And of course, the epilogue was amazing, in true Ms. Cole style!! 4.5 Twin Souls stars!!