Title: The Little Things
Author: Jay Northcote and Matthew LLoyd Davies (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 4th 2019
Listening Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter, Evie, is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.
Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.
Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really he’s protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?
I had read this in ebook format a while ago and while I enjoyed it back then, I have to say… I really enjoyed hearing it in audio.
Starting with the story, it’s just so sweet about Joel’s journey through a really rough time in his life. He’s a single dad to his 3 year old daughter Evie. He’s dealing with loss, coming to terms with fatherhood, and feeling his way through his emotions and what he wants for Evie.
While there was romance, the story centered more on Joel just living through the every day minutiae and coming out a good father and brother. His love interest, Liam, was introduced halfway through the story and was merely a supportive role in his quest to find his happiness. It was well written, very descriptive and enjoyable.
The narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies was, in a word, soothing. His mellow voice really added character to Joel and I thought his little Evie voice was spot on. With the tone set as smooth from the start, it was easy to keep up pace and the chapters flowed nicely. In my opinion, the narration added to the overall experience and I enjoyed listening immensely.