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REVIEW: “Passing Through” by Jay Northcote



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.


It seems I’ve been attracted to emotional tales as of late. Recently, I pondered the differences between emotional and angst. I believe it varies from individual to individual. Some topics are automatic triggers for some and not necessarily to others. This certainly impacts the angst level…personal connection.

As a general rule, angst for me is drama. Angst is doubt and uncertainty. Angst hits in me in my tummy. The other side of the coin is emotive. Emotional is extremely painful due to sadness, which always hits me in the heart. This beautifully tragic tale was a bull’s-eye shot to the heart.

It hurt. But it hurt so good.

Despite the sorrow and grief there was hope and passion. It was equally balanced with heart-piercing moments and heart-mending moments. I never felt terrifying anxiety, only compassion for Leo. I wanted to hug him and then shield him from the hurt. I knew loss was a factor, it’s clearly stated in the blurb, and yet knowing, preparing and enduring are vastly different. Regardless of being primed, it still cut deep.

Leo returns to stand by his beloved Uncle’s side as he bravely faces death. His fight with cancer was courageous, but ultimately he concedes defeat is inescapable.

Edwin was a central star in Leo’s horizon. He adored his Uncle and held him close to his heart. A thriving career, many miles, and life kept Leo from sharing sunsets and glasses of wine with Edwin.

I felt numerous ‘messages in a bottle’ washed ashore on the banks of their cove, but life is precious was prominent.

Tris was an unexpected surprise. Don’t you love a good surprise? I do! Leo finds himself immediately drawn to the stranger and can’t help but notice Edwin might have some matchmaking skills up his sleeve.

The timing is all wrong. Fresh love is not supposed to occur during a time of mourning….is it? Another essential message screams, yes! Love gives you strength during the moments you think you can’t go on. The sweetest music during our darkness moments is laughter. We are meant to remember with fond smiles, we are meant to honor the life lost, we are meant to celebrate.

Leo needs Tris more than he believes he should. Tris quickly becomes an anchor for Leo, a constant in the rough waters. Tris is battling his own complex chaos. Recently divorced with a son, he is searching for his true self. Leo shines light on his dark path. They balance one another, ground each other. It’s beautiful.

The writing is striking. I felt the brisk salty air and sand in my toes. It was lovely.

The secrets are shocking. My chest ached with the possibilities. It was tragic.

The grab hold of your heart is inevitable. It was unforgettable.

Read it…you’ll be sad/glad you did.




Title: Passing Through
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self-Pub
Release Date: February 20, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon 

3 comments on “REVIEW: “Passing Through” by Jay Northcote

  1. bevsutherland
    February 19, 2015

    Thanks Sheri!! <3. Already on pre-order. Jay's writing is getting better all the time. :D

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  2. Sheri
    February 19, 2015

    Hey Bev!
    I’m excited for you….I’m certain you will enjoy it & I think you will have extra appreciation for the gorgeous setting.
    This is only my second book by Jay and I’m hooked. Can’t wait for more of her books.
    If you need a hug after this one, you know where to find me. :)


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