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Imperfect Harmony Audiobook

Imperfect Harmony

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Jay Northcote (P)2017 Jay Northcote

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    Amazon Customer United States 07-22-17
    Amazon Customer United States 07-22-17 Member Since 2010

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    "Loved these 2!"

    Jay Has written a no huge drama May December romance. Other than the fact these two are essentially widowers. I really liked these 2 and their relationship - and the people surrounding them. I liked their humility and their blushes - and the fact that they loved snuggling and just being together. I think this is my favorite Jay novel so far. I know I really like Mark Steadman as well, excellent narration!

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    Neta_BER 07-19-17
    Neta_BER 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "another great book by Jay"
    Where does Imperfect Harmony rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    8 out of 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John, he is hurt so bad and i love the his healing process


    Have you listened to any of Mark Steadman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    it was better then some earlier books by him, i liked thing one better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the funeral


    Any additional comments?

    I love Jay Northcote's books, there I said it! I love all of them because if the delicate way the leading characters meet, how they can be both sexual and visceral but also feel so much and respect each other too. He has a way to really make you feel for them, feel them really, and pulls you into their heart. This story is about music, but also about healing the heart. The age gap between John and Rhys is almost 20 years but in their souls there is a connection born from similar live experiences, guilt and loss. They give each other the chance to grow, to try and go back to what they loved- music.

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    A T 07-09-17
    A T 07-09-17 Member Since 2017

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    "3.5 stars"

    Imperfect Harmony was an emotional May-December romance about finding love after loss. This was my first book by the author and I am certainly interested in reading more by Mr. Northcote. The writing was solid and the characters had an honest vulnerability to them. However, it was the emotional responses from the characters that really stood out to me.

    John and Rhys were both likable characters who were easy to connect with. Mr. Northcote did a wonderful job creating characters who existed beyond their painful past while weaving the pervasiveness of that loss into their emotions, thoughts, and choices about the future. The romance between John and Rhys was more of a slow build, which made sense given they were still grappling with the loss of a longtime partner. Unfortunately, I thought the pace in the first part of the Imperfect Harmony was a little too slow. While it allowed time to develop their personalities, establish their loneliness, and build chemistry between the men, my attention did wane. That said, I did like their romance and enjoyed the give and take of their partnership. I also appreciated that their new love wasn’t a magic balm to their healing hearts and they both had to work through their personal concerns.

    The narrator for Imperfect Harmony gave a wonderful performance. Mr. Steadman had good timing, succinct pronunciation, and a calm steady rhythm. I especially loved how he respected and conveyed the emotions of the scenes and characters. Instead of using dramatic, vocal displays of emotion, his slight changes in tone and timing let the emotional words Mr. Northcote wrote create the poignant scenes that made this a really touching, sweet love story.

    *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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    Lily G Blunt 06-25-17

    Lily reads, writes, and reviews m/m romance.

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    "Delightful story and narration"

    An uplifting May-December romance revolving around music and having a second chance at love. It’s a beautiful story with plenty of touching tearful moments. Yes, there’s a sad tinge to the story, but it’s not morbid or depressing at all. Each man was respectful of their past love and held their memory dear. Although different in age and physique, the characters came across as real, as did their grief and trepidation about falling in love again. Loved it.

    Another lovely narration by Mark Steadman. Gentle pace and easy listening, with heart-wrenching, moving scenes.

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    Lusitania 06-20-17
    Lusitania 06-20-17
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    "A beautiful must read story"

    I have read all of Jay Northcote's books but this is the first time I have actually listened to one. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All of the books I've listened to so far have been narrated by American narrators, even when the characters have a British accent. This was the first book I listened to where the narrator is already British so I thought it was going to be great. Except it felt a little flat in some parts. Whenever there wasn't any dialogue between characters I didn't feel the story as much as when there was dialogue. Mark Steadman is fantastic during scenes that have lots of emotion and the last few chapters of the book are perfection. Maybe it is that it took me a little longer to get used to a British voice or a new narrator I hadn't experienced before.
    Regardless of that, the book itself is one of the best I've read and the story between John and Rhys is so beautiful. Two people stricken by grief finding a new beginning together when there is so much within themselves that is afraid.
    I totally recommend reading or listening to this book.

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    Em 06-19-17
    Em 06-19-17

    Wife. Mother. Book Lover.

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    "Amazing story!"

    This story is beautiful!!! The heartache that surrounds John and Rhys is so thick. Hidden to most but still so present to themselves. Rhys and John open up to each other fairly quickly and their relationship blossoms. The age difference causes some tension and trepidation on John's part. With each character rediscovering their love of music, they find love with each other.

    Imperfect Harmony is a gorgeous story about 2 people who have lost so much but find so much more together.

    Mark did an AMAZING job of bringing John and Rhys alive with his voice! Great flow and nice pace!

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    Denise STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA United States 06-18-17
    Denise STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA United States 06-18-17
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    "Wow!!!"

    I loved it so much I didn't want it to end. The book was great but hearing it with the accent added so much more. Mark Steadman's voice increased the emotions felt. With his accent it matched the location and turn of phrases used. I highly recommend giving this book a listen. I am definitely getting more of Jay Northcote's audiobooks.

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