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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte
J&G: ✯✯✯✯✯ +++ “This book will stay with us forever” stars
“Why the war paint, Pix?”
Gitte: I haven’t cried so much from start to finish reading a book in a long time. Tillie Cole wrote from her heart, from her soul and demanded for me as a reader to pay attention to every single word in Sweet Fall. There’s no question in my heart that this story carries importance to the Author; I literally felt the blood, sweat and tears she poured into Austin and Lexi’s journey; together as well as individually. Their story is poetic in its execution; the sentiments, passion and strength in adversity quite simply mind blowing; I forgot to breathe. So many scenes brought me to my knees; none more so than when Austin was with him mum. I cried for her…..I cried for Levi…..I CRIED for Austin and Lexi; two beautiful broken souls trying to heal and find peace within and with each other.
‘…But I’m lost without you. I can’t breathe without you. Without you here, all I can do is fall….’
There was real beauty yet also incredible self-loathing and suffering. Such heart breaking love and bravery – in and from both Austin and Lexi. My heart has not felt so broken yet so full of love and hope all at once.
“She said my soul matched yours.”
Austin was an amazing hero – an impressive figure to be feared, loved and worshipped. He had a striking vulnerability and an admirable strength in his tears. My heart bled for him; it rejoiced in his fierce battle to right the wrongs and inspire change. And Lexi; beautiful pixie….words fail me, Lexi. So strong for others; so beaten and haunted. So inspirational. I loved this girl and if I could, I would’ve picked her out the story to hold her and tell her what an amazing woman she is.
“I don’t need to look up at the stars to feel inferior, Austin. All I have to do is open my eyes and look at myself in the mirror.”
Tillie Cole writes with flawless beauty, bravery and emotion, you can’t help but smile, laugh, cry and fall in love. Your heart is deeply involved every step of the way. There’s no miraculous cure or intervention to our self-doubt or our inner struggles but for the one we find from within; in our desperate want and ability to heal ourselves. The love and care we receive and see in others can only strengthen our own resolve to quieten the demons whispering in our ears; sitting on our shoulders, weighing us down. No question; this is one hell of a powerful story that will touch the hearts of every reader with the way it’s so vividly written in its raw emotion. I did not become part of Lexi and Austin’s story. This story became a part of me and my heart is theirs, always.
“Nothing compares to the beauty of stars.”
A smile can come real easy, as can tears. It’s the tears that come with a smile, now that is what makes Tillie Cole a brilliant Author. This is without doubt one of our favourite reads this year isn’t it, Jenny?
Jenny: Ahhh Gitte, I’m still numb and can’t stop thinking about Lexi and Austin’s story. ‘If we knew each other’s secrets, what comforts we should find.’… Dear Tillie Cole please send me a new heart because you’ve completely shredded this one.I read, believed, lived, breathed and felt every single word you wrote and honestly, I don’t know how I can convey my feelings or use words that will adequately do justice to your story. How do I express the absolute love and heartbreak this real, raw, honest, incredibly moving and passionately told story made me feel? How do I put into the words the love I feel in my heart for two characters whose brokenness broke me, healed me, crushed me and yet filled me full of hope? Austin and Lexi own a piece of my heart and I will not forget them.
“Just….be gentle…There’s a chance I might break…”
From the first to the very last page I wept unashamedly. I wept at the beauty, the pain and the heartfelt words this author so bravely shared with me. Even without the moving forward it was glaringly obvious that Tillie Cole gave us a piece of her soul in Sweet Fall and I will cherish that.
Austin and Lexi were kindred spirits. Beautiful damaged souls who found the light in each other that they failed to see through the darkness in themselves.
‘I needed him. I wanted to be normal. I wanted to be loved for just plain ol’ normal me.’
My heart melted at the romance, it was crushed by the sadness, the struggles and torment experienced by Lexi and Austin. It was heartbreakingly beautiful and sad, yet there was so much love, light and hope amidst the despair.
“I need you….to be with me…”
“I really fuckin’ need you too, Pix. Christ, I do.”
Austin..so tortured. So beautiful. The scenes with his Momma undid me. I found myself physically clutching my heart and sobbing over this warm and loving young man. Lexi. Oh Lexi, my darling damaged little pixie. How I loved this girl. Her struggles and her feelings for Austin, her words and the sorrow in her heart…..dear god, I felt for this fragile girl.
“So you see, Pix, I have scars too. It’s just mine are on the outside where everyone can see.”.
I can’t express the effect Sweet Fall had on me. I swooned, loved and cried a LOT! I felt a physical ache that will ensure I will never forget Austin and Lexi nor will I, for one minute, take for granted the courage it took for Tillie Cole to tell this story. The passion, emotion,anguish and heartfelt love I experienced will stay with me for a long time to come. READ THIS BOOK AND PREPARE TO FALL IN LOVE!
“Why the tattoos, Austin?”
**Reviewed off an ARC provided by the author**
THE SWEET HOME SERIES by TILLIE COLE
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SWEET HOME / CARILLO BOYS SERIES by TILLIE COLE
♥ Sweet Fall Book#2 (Carillo Boys #1) : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
♥ Sweet Hope Book #3 /Carillo Boys #2 : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
♥ Sweet Soul Book #4 / Carillo Boys #3 : amazon us | amazon uk
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**MORE TB RECOMMENDED READS by TILLIE**
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THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES
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THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES
♥ DEEP REDEMPTION