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Sol’s Solstice (New Beginnings, Book 1)
by Leona Windwalker
Narrated by Matt Standley

Due to home instability thanks to their mother’s mental illness, Sol and Ben are used to being shuttled between relatives. Sol is used to flying under his family’s radar, unless focusing unwanted attention away from his more outgoing, older twin. The day comes when he pays a steep price for attempting to shield his brother when an abusive relative decides to vent his rage and own self-loathing. It means losing Ben, but both boys gain a life without fear. That is, until the day Mama and Daddy manage to track their sons down, wanting to heal their broken family at the urging of their new pastor. Finding himself running for his life after their brand of spiritual counseling bears unwanted fruit, he is nearly run down by a car driven by Seth. Can Seth help Sol find his way back from the darkness? And will he gain Ben back, only to lose himself once more?

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 3.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 2.5
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4

Has great bones.

I enjoyed the premise of the story. It sounded great and like it could be deep, profound and healing but unfortunately fall a little short at places. I really liked the characters and I felt so much for Sol. He had such a hard life. He was broken and beaten but kept getting back up. I loved Seth’s caring and protective nature. I was enraged by Sol’s parents and ‘church’. The foundation of this story was great and the narration was really well done but I wanted more. More depth, more healing and more progress with the relationships, more time for the story to develop. I look forward to seeing where the story goes with Ben’s story and if we will see more of Sol’s recovery as Ben’s story progresses. I hope to see a satisfying conclusion to both bothers lives and story.

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