Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Imperfect Harmony
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
NARRATOR: Mark Steadman
PUBLISHER: JayBird Press
LENGTH: 7 hours, 6 minutes
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2017
Imperfect harmony can still be beautiful….
John Fletcher, a former musician, is stuck in limbo after losing his long-term partner two years ago. He’s shut himself off from everything that reminds him of what he’s lost. When his neighbor persuades him to join the local community choir, John rediscovers his love of music and finds a reason to start living again.
Rhys Callington, the talented and charismatic choir leader, captures John’s attention from the first moment they meet. He appears to be the polar opposite of John: young, vibrant, and full of life. But Rhys has darkness in his own past that is holding him back from following his dreams.
Despite the 19-year age gap, the two men grow close and a fragile relationship blossoms. Ghosts of the past and insecurities about the future threaten their newfound happiness. If they’re going to harmonize in life and love as they do in their music, they’ll need to start following the same score.
Jay Northcote is one of those authors I feel doesn’t get enough credit for all he accomplishes in his stories. Imperfect Harmony was another great example of how he seems to effortless present lovable characters in situations that just steal your heart. Yet at the same time, there is this depth of emotion and growth that packs a huge punch and leaves the reader feeling utterly fulfilled. I loved Reese and John and how broken yet hopeful they each were. While outwardly these men were complete opposites, they were perfect together and perfect for each other.
The thing I love most about Jay Northcote’s works and this one in particular is the realism that is almost casually infused in every aspect of the story. These men were real and awkward and broken and great. Just like the title implies, they were very imperfect and so was their relationship. But that was perfect because that was real and it was amazing. The connection was so easy because I could see the things happening in my life as well as in the lives of those around me.
In my humble opinion, this story was a steady and almost perfect in its quiet presentation. It deserves a read and I hope you will grab this one and give it a try.
Mark Steadman was a good choice for narrator. He captured the age difference well with his voices and the manner in which he read each character. He emphasized the emotions well so that the sadness came through just as the happiness and seriousness. I honestly don’t know how he wasn’t crying as he read the funeral scheme because man he really did a great job with the solemn celebration of life. I really recommend this audiobook.
Jay Bird Press