Review of Passing Through by Jay Northcote

Passing ThroughPassing Through by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio version of this book, narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies.

4 solid stars.

This was a lovely story, which drew tears to my eyes on several occasions. It was a quieter more nostalgic story than what I usually expect from this author, but lovely all the same.

Leo is visiting his dying uncle in Cornwall, taking a few precious weeks off his high powered job in London, to spend a little time with the man who shaped most of his childhood. When he gets there, he meets uncle Edwins’ neighbour and gardener Tris, who is newly divorced, has a child and is still in the closet.

Much of this story revolves around the story of Edwin’s life and how his story serves as both a warning and an inspiration to the two younger men in his life at this present time. It is heart breakingly sad, but also a bittersweet testament to the phrase ‘true love conquers all’.

If I should niggle a bit, I would have liked a little more about Leo’s life before the first Cornwall trip, which would have been nicely bookended with his return to London. And I would also have enjoyed more of a build up to the relationship between the two, but all in all, this was a very sweet story, about remembering what matters most in life and remembering to stop and breathe in the sea breeze. beautifully narrated and warmly recommended.

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