Dawn reviews Jay Northcote’s The Little Things Audiobook, which was released on 17th April 2015 by Dreamspinner Press. (The book was published on November 21st 2013, and 214 pgs).
This audio book was provided free of charge for an honest review by the author.
Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 7 hours 30 mins
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?
The Little Things was the first book I ever read written by Jay Northcote, and so I jumped at the chance to listen to the audio book.
Narrator: I have just started listening to audio books, and most of those that I have listened to, have had an American voice narrating them. This is the second one of Jay’s I have listened to, and again it is narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies, whom I have to say was even better on this story. I totally loved listening to this story, and Matthew had the voices spot on, but more importantly the emotional parts within the book. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to hearing more of Jays books on audio, and I hope that Matthew is the one narrating them 🙂
Story Review: Joel and Clare met at University and after one drunken night together, they had Evie. Neither is bitter, and they have remained good friends, and share the care of Evie between them.
However, one rainy night, everything changes when Clare is involved in an accident, and doesn’t survive. It is at the hospital that Joel meets Liam for the first time….. although no names are exchanged.
Joel does actually have a boyfriend, but once he is the sole carer for Evie, their relationship seems to fizzle out. Joel then decides to devote all his time to Evie, and trying to make a stable life for the pair of them. He decides that Evie’s welfare must come first, and if is alone then that is how it has got to be. They both seem to be muddling along, until Evie gets sick with croup, and Joel is so worried about her that he takes to the local hospital, and when they are admitted up onto a ward, Joel runs into Liam again.
This time names are exchanged, and they start a relationship of sorts, but Joel is still hurting from losing his mother and then Clare on top of this, that he is so wary of letting his heart get involved again. He does go out with Liam, both alone and together with Evie, but Joel is still not sure that he actually wants a relationship with Joel.
Out of the blue one night, Joel decides to tell Liam that he can’t do the relationship thing with him, and he believes deep inside that he is protecting his heart from getting hurt, but what he doesn’t seem to realise is that his heart is already involved. Liam is obviously devastated and can’t understand what he has done wrong, he has done everything that Joel has asked of him.
Even Joel’s sister tries to make him see sense, to no avail…… and it is actually his daughter Evie who puts things in perspective for him, and he realises that he does indeed love Liam and tries to contact him…….
Does Joel manage to get Liam to listen to him, is he able to explain why he acted like he did?? Do Joel and Liam get their HEA at all??
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She 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.
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