Title: The Little Things
Author: Jay Northcote
Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 7 Hours and 31 Minutes
At a Glance: Davies narration was INCREDIBLE.
Reviewed By: Amy
Blurb: 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?
Review: The Little Things was my first novel by Jay Northcote, so I didn’t know what to expect. I am absolutely torn by this novel. I adore the author’s ability to write and develop characters. I fell in love with Evie and Joel (although he frustrated me). I enjoyed Dan, but Liam is the saving grace of this entire book. He was charismatic and loving without being over the top. The downside of this book was that it could have been at least 10,000 words shorter. To get to the point of progression, or in this case, Evie’s mother’s death, took too long. It was filled with a lot of mundane every life things that in small doses really make me love a book, but the story gets lost in them. Once the book got started, it was excellent.
Narration: There’ve been a lot of first time narrator’s for me lately, and Matthew Lloyd Davies was new to me as well. This is the first time I liked the narrator more than the overall story. Davies narration was INCREDIBLE. By far my favorite British narrator to date. He transformed the story into a true experience. Because of this I gave the overall rating of a 4.
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