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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Virtual Blog Tour & Giveaway~ Finding Home by Garrett Leigh

About 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. 

Available now from Riptide Publishing.

While this book starts of pretty traumatic for Leo and Lila, the rest of the book wasn't quite as angsty as I thought it would be. 
I was prepared for some major tears, because you know, Garrett. It really didn't come though. Don't get me wrong, my heart went out to these kids, maybe there was a strength there that I knew they would be okay? I don't know, but I was actually glad I wasn't a blubbering mess. 

Leo and his little sister Lila end up in the system. One scared physically and mentally, the other has lung and speech problems. 

Charlie, adopted Son of Reg and Kate and adopted brother to Fliss and Andy (not adopted). He's no stranger to being in the system, only he just wasn't in it that long and doesn't fully remember it. Their family is a close family and decide on major choices together, like fostering and adopting new siblings. 

Kate decides that she really, really wants to help Leo and Lila after reading their files, so the family meeting commences and it's decided that they're getting new members into their household. 

Leo's arrival was pretty interesting. He doesn't take a liking to Reg for some reason. You assume it's because he's male, but that's not really fitting, as he has no issues with Andy. Reg is also a very calm person, so something isn't right. It actually doesn't come out until later what the issue was and it's kind of like a "hit over the head with a pan" moment, because it's something so small and almost seems insignificant....almost. 

I love the way Leo takes care of Lila. 
I also love the way Fliss doesn't take any shit and sets Leo straight from the get-go, but also loves to take care of Lila.
She's also a person who is hard on the outside, but soft on the inside. She doesn't take shit, but is still loyal to those she really cares about, even of she doesn't show it all the time. 

Leo and Charlies "relationship" is and odd one. Only because their situations aren't that of the norm. Charlie doesn't take Leo's gruffness to heart, but he also doesn't feed into it either, and Leo likes that about him. It doesn't take Leo long to figure out it isn't an act with Charlie. I think trust was a big key here, as most relationships are, but this one is more fragile so it feels like it means more.

This book isn't very long, but it is packed just right full of twists, drama, and a budding love between two high school boys. It was very sweet to see and it was wrapped up very nicely. I think it has potential to be added to, if the author so chooses, but it does not end in any kind of cliffhanger. 

About Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

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, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at, and co-owns the specialist stock site with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

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To celebrate the release of Finding Home, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 14, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Thanks for the review!
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  2. I've already added it to my wishlist. Thank you for the review =)
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  3. Thanks for the review. It sounds good

  4. Thanks for the review. This book sounds so good I intend on reading it soon.
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  5. it sounds like a great story
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  6. Thanks for the review!
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  7. Congrats, Garrett, and thanks for the post. I don't know why, maybe the heartbreak, but reminded me of an emotional movie, I'll Mine to Give, of an eldest orphan trying to find homes on Christmas day for his siblings, asking "Please, ma'am, I was wondering if you'd care to have my baby sister." I still tear up. -
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  8. Congratulations for the book release Garrett. And thanks for the giveaway chance.


  9. It sounds good! It's in my wishlist.