Passing Through by Jay Northcote ~ Book Review by Lirtle

passing through cover Title: Passing Through

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

Jay Northcote was recently a guest of Prism Book Alliance. Be Sure to check out their guest post here.

Lirtle’s View:

… this same room had been full of people dressed in black, eating canapés and chatting with that peculiar, repressed jollity that funerals inspired.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand I was in, off to the races, keep all hands and feet inside the car at all times. This line is truth. Shall we see what else there is to discover?

Forty year old Leo, who lives and works in the rat race that is London, is visiting his uncle Edwin who lives in Cornwall. Right from the beginning, I could feel the comfortable, loving, honest, and humorous nature of their relationship. If the story had been about just these two dealing with what life is currently foisting upon them, I would have been happy. Wonderful and sweet, these two be.

Of course, it’s not just uncle and nephew. Enter: Tris.

Adults comporting themselves like adults. Imagine that. Oh wait, you don’t have to because you get that here in this story. Yes, everyone has uncertainties, but neither Leo nor Tris uses them as an excuse to shy or run away from each other. In other words, no manufactured tension here, with most things feeling natural and low key, if a bit perfect now and then.

The story as a whole is a bit predictable, but it’s a worthy story to tell, no doubt. Northcote’s spot on detail sets her telling apart from most. The setting and characters fit comfortably together, nothing forced or false. She creates an atmosphere that gently surrounds, always complimenting the scene. I was taken away from the real world and lovingly placed on the coast of Cornwall, inside Uncle Edwin’s large farmhouse and guest cottage. I could hear the waves crashing, feel the cold, wet sand, and taste that Shiraz.

I found myself releasing more than one contented, empathetic sigh while reading this book.

There were a few spots where expansion would have benefitted the story. It sometimes felt like I was reading a summary instead of experiencing the various goings on. It temporarily weakened the connections I’d built with Leo, Tris and Edwin.

That connection, though, remained throughout. The passing of generations, how things change, what happens when one generation shares their knowledge with the next, all of these things are explored in a grounded way.

The writing the writing the writing. Gentle and oh so visual. It’s unique without being screamingly obvious. I’m pretty sure I’d read just about anything by this author.

… staring at the words on the page, trying to make sense of them. The numb dread creeping through his brain like freezing fog made them almost impossible to comprehend.

The chemistry between Leo and Tris is evident early on but neither rushes to act upon it. Actually, based on the timeline, they do get there quickly, but it didn’t feel like it while I was reading. It made me smile when they were together, no matter the setting… even when sadness and grief made their appearances. Well done.

This story is emotional, a bit too perfect here and there, but oh so enjoyable. Family, risk, need, history, and grief are all mixed together in a gentle, bittersweet and celebratory tale I would definitely read again.

Buy Links

Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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