Friday, October 06, 2017

Pre-Release Review: Finding Home by Garrett Leigh

FindingHome_500x750Title ~ Finding Home

Author ~ Garrett Leigh

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 9th October 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Young Adult

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Synopsis

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.

 

Jane’s Review

This is a great young adult debut for this author. I have enjoyed all her previous adult books and so was excited for this YA one and was not disappointed. My overall, lasting  impression after finishing the book in one sitting, is that it really needs to be on the shelves of every school library. It needs to be available to all young people so that they get to see some current representation of themselves in a contemporary and relevant way. That's not to say you shouldn't read and enjoy it if you're not a young adult, I found it engaging and refreshing.

Leo and his younger sister Lila are fostered into a family after suffering a very traumatic experience. Leo is a very complex character and I could viscerally see his pain showing in his outward presentation of himself to others. It is heartbreaking to realise what he has endured. He is the most overprotective brother and it melted me slightly to see how this damaged young man took such steps to protect his little sister. The foster family are just the type of family you would wish that all young people could find. Kate and Reg are great parents who encourage family meetings, etc. so everyone is involved. Andy, the eldest is a great big brother, he has moved out but is still considered in all family discussions and decisions. Fliss was instantly recognisable to me with her sister/brother relationship with Charlie, you could hear those conversations, sarcastic jibes and sniping at each other in households up and down the country. Charlie, is such a sweetheart and I’m sure lots of young people who read this book will identify with Charlie. Charlie and Leo’s developing relationship was handled so deftly, it was lovely to watch how Charlie looked out for Leo but as things turn, Leo looks out for Charlie too. Their relationship is pitched perfectly for their age and circumstance and I found it really touching. The story is focused on what happened to Leo and Lila and the ongoing consequences they have to deal with. They have both been left scarred, emotionally and physically. Leo’s burnt arm had me squirming at how painful it must be and as Lila is speech impaired, the family used sign language and lip reading too. I was encouraged to see this representation of impairment in a young adult book. There is enough story to keep you actively interested and invested in the outcome and I was glad with the way things ended.

The characters in this book are all recognisable and very real, everyone from the family members, the scumbag kids at school in bullying little gangs, to the teachers and the girl squad. The language they used, the slang terminology is all very relevant and this will appeal massively to the young readership. It feels very contemporary, relevant and relatable. It is also the perfect length and tone, with a distinctly British feel to it for a young adult book, one which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

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Meet Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover enquiries, please contact blackjazzdesign@gmail.com 

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