Dawn reviews Passing Through by Jay Northcote (Published on February 20th ,2015), and is 121 pages long.
Why Dawn read it: I have read all Jay Northcotes’ other books, and have really enjoyed them – had to read this one too.
This book was offered to RGR by the author, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I totally loved this book, I also found it to be a very thought provoking book – I am not saying more than this, as I don’t want to put any spoilers in this review.
Leo is a total workaholic, and it seems like he just doesn’t know how to switch off and stop working. He hasn’t seen his Uncle Edwin in a few years, and only visits as his mother lives abroad and asked him to go. He is quite shocked at how ill he is, even though he does know he is terminally ill.
While staying with his Uncle, he encounters Tris, who lives in the old Cottage not far from Edwins house, and is also in the process of renovating it. When the two men meet, they are attracted to each other, but Tris has not come out the closet fully. He has his son to consider, and does not want to do anything that means he could not see his son in the future.
However, the more the two men see of each other, the more they realise that their feelings are quite deep, but are not sure how a relationship between them would work – especially as Leo works in London, and Tris will never consider leaving Cornwall as he would never see his son.
When his Uncle dies, Leo returns back to London, but once there, he finds that he is unsettled and not sure why. The way that the author dealt with the Uncles death was very moving and dealt with in a very sensitive way. When you read the book you will totally understand what I mean.
Does he come to his senses and return to Tris? Will Tris finally come out of the closet and embrace his relationship with Leo??
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.
Jay comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary gay romance, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words.
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