Finding Home by Garrett Leigh
Publication Date | October 9th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley
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As much as I wanted to love Garrett Leigh’s latest release, Finding Home, it fell short for me. There’s no denying this author is a wonderful writer, so there were some good parts. But overall, I thought this plot was way too ambitious for such a short book. I thought the series of events that brought Leo and Lila to the Poulton household were in the too recent past for Leo to really start to recover mentally or even to have a major character shift in the story, and it really did make it hard to see where this could go.
Charlie and Leo did have chemistry, but for some reason, I was never able to buy the depth of their feelings for each other. The biggest problem for this book, in my opinion, was the time jumps. I was reading along, and there was one part where one of the characters was thinking about the months or weeks that had passed, and I was so shocked. Very little had happened, and there had been no written progression of Leo and Charlie’s relationship. It felt like there was no meat on the bones here. We were given the structure of the story, but nothing was filled in. As for the highs of this story, I loved how protective Leo was of his sister. It only made sense to me that while he’d always had to protect her at home that would intensify once they were thrown into the unknown. I also liked the portrayal of the foster parents in this book. Yes, there are terrible people out there who take children in for the wrong reasons, but there are good people out there who are kind and caring and really want to provide a good home, and I feel they are often overlooked. I love that this author highlighted that.
While Finding Home was not quite what I was hoping it would be, Garrett Leigh is one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to read more from her.
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