Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This was a terrific story, made even better by Mark Steadman’s audio performance. Jay Northcote’s books seem to get progressively better and he’s up there among my favorites now. In fact, his stories are among the ones I reach for when I’m feeling down or stressed as they always lighten my heart.
This is no exception as we see the love story between John Fletcher, an older man who is grieving for his long-term partner who was killed two years before, and twenty-two year old Rhys Callington, who also happens to be grieving the tragic loss of his lover and best friend.
The men become friends and then lovers, and as their affection grows, John begins to have second thoughts while Rhys is in favor of second chances. Mark Steadman takes us through all the emotional turmoil and angst we’d expect from this May-December, nineteen-year age-gap romance. But, the beauty of the story lies in the men’s personalities, their struggles to overcome their grief—individually and together—and John’s final awakening to the gift he’s been given for a second chance at love.
Very sweet and romantic, as well as, an interesting storyline and endearing characters. I highly recommend this audiobook.
Cover is striking with its black and white coloration.
Published June 12th 2017 by Jaybird Press (first published April 15th 2016)
Original TitleImperfect Harmony