Author: Jay Northcote
Pages/Word Count: 121 Pages
At a Glance: I would definitely recommend giving Passing Through a read.
Reviewed By: Jackie
Blurb: 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.
Review: I am an unapologetic fangirl of Ms. Northcote’s books. To say I was excited to see a new book out would be a huge understatement. Passing Through was very well written and the characters were entertaining, but I almost felt there were too many irons in the fire on this one.
Leo was a great character with flaws, but none too big that you couldn’t overlook them. He was a workaholic that let his personal relationships fall by the wayside when he let his job take precedence over everything else. When his favorite Uncle Edwin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Leo decides to spend some quality time with Edwin before there isn’t any time left. What Leo didn’t expect was to find on this trip was Tris.
After having his life turned upside down, Tris rented a cottage from Edwin and helped the man out while getting his own life back together. Coming to terms with his sexuality later in life, Tris has found he’s had to redefine himself and what is left of his family. Leo is a bright spot in a dim part of his life, but it appears this will only be temporary.
When Edwin’s time begins to run short, he seems to be able to finally share his past and his life story with Leo and Tris. The revelations these two men are witness to, make them take stock of their own lives in a way many of us don’t get the opportunity to. Both Leo and Tris will have to decide what is most important to them, and find a way to go after their own elusive happily ever after.
I loved the premise of this story. Uncle Edwin, funnily enough, was my favorite character in the entire book. As his life was coming to an end, he did everything he could to help his beloved nephew see what is most important in life. He confessed everything he’d kept secret for years, in hopes that there could be a different, if not better, outcome for Leo. Honestly, this man was an undercover yenta, and I loved every minute of it.
The love story between Leo and Tris seemed to take a back seat at times in the book, and that was okay, for the most part. I believe their love story was a subtle one, it almost seemed as if Edwin was more of an MC at times, and I loved him for it. Don’t get me wrong, Tris and Leo did have a great story, and it was told well, but it never seemed to be in sharp focus.
Even without the angsty love story I have come to expect and love from Jay Northcote, I would definitely recommend giving Passing Through a read.
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