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This is a wonderfully sweet romance with some sadness mixed in. Leo is a 40 year old workaholic who visits his beloved elderly uncle who is dying. There he meets Tris who is picking up his life after his breaks up. Leo's uncle makes some family revelations that causes Leo to question his choices. The story is sweet and poignant. It has a little angst and a tear jerk moments in the telling of his uncle's story and life. The narrator does a great job in bringing all these men to life. It is always great when a British narrator performs a book based in England. Overall a good comfort listen.
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Leo temporarily moves to Cornwall to spend time with his dying uncle. While there he meets Tris, a closeted gardener who is renting a house from Edwin, Leo’s uncle.
The premise of this story is simple: boy meets boy, boy kisses boy, boy loves boy, boy leaves boy, boy misses boy, boy returns to boy.
There is way more to this story. Each of the men in this story has a history they need to wrestle with in order to become the happiest they can.
Tris needs to come out of the closet, forgive himself for his divorce and for deceiving himself and his family for so many years.
Leo needs to realize that he is more than his job and that happiness cannot be found working 80 hours a week.
Edwin, probably the most touching story of all, gets to finally tell his story and embrace the life he couldn’t for all these years.
On the one hand this story has very little angst for our two MCs. Their love story moves fairly quickly and without a lot of drama.
What I loved about this book was Edwin’s story. It’s both heartbreaking yet romantic and sweet at the same time. I loved how his love helped Leo and Tris appreciate what they have (or could lose). He was an amazing character.
All in all this was another very well written story by one of my favorite authors, Jay Northcote, who consistently gives us wonderful, well-formed, three-dimensional characters and a tender and sweet love for them to find.
Matthew Lloyd Davies narrates a lot of Jay’s books because of his lovely English accents. Everyone has a very distinct sound including the nurse! It’s a great way to experience these books and really immerses you in the story.
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