The Little Things by Jay Nortcote ~ Book Review by Karen

the-little-things-coverTitle: The Little Things

Author: Jay Nortcote

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Garret Leigh

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/22/2013

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter, Evie, is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.

Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.

Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really he’s protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?

My View:

This is one of those warm the cockles of your heart stories, and is a love story of two parts, one romantic and one parental.

Joel, who got his best friend pregnant at Uni has a perfectly amicable parent share going on with her, a good job teaching and a semi serious possibly open relationship with Dan.  Life is sweet. Until one day it isn’t.

Joel’s relationship with Evie is the longest in the book, we don’t really meet Liam until about 50% in, and by then I was totally smitten by the love between Joel and his daughter. Joel is young, but he seems to know exactly what he wants from a relationship, and indeed what he needs given Evie in his life.

This is a book that is quite quiet, but non the less compelling for that, the romantic element does happen quite quickly, and because it happens late in the book at times feels a little rushed – but balanced with the father and daughter love overall it works well.

A really warm and welcoming book.



The Little Things on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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