“Imperfect Harmony” by Jay Northcote


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 neighbour 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 nineteen-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 harmonise in life and love as they do in their music, they’ll need to start following the same score.


Hypocrite. I try my best not be to hypocritical and ensure my actions and beliefs coincide. Yet there are times when reading that I stop and ponder my reactions to a book and how they have changed throughout the years. I strive to read with an open-heart and an open-mind. I have struggled with significant age gaps in my romance novels in the past. I wish I could reread all of those stories now. I have come to understand and appreciate that love knows no age. Imperfect Harmony is a beautiful example of this. Thank you Jay for continuing to grant me with reading experiences that open my eyes and heart wider than I ever thought was possible.

Okay, so where was I? Oh yeah. John and Rhys.

John has been blessed with all of the wonders that come with a long-term soul mate. As we know, giving your heart to another bears huge risks. If something tragic happens to this person, they take a piece of you with them. When David is taken from John he loses more than just his partner, he loses bits of himself. Grief strikes again when his mother passes away and John willingly lets sorrow consume him. John is an artist, a musician to be precise, but the songs of his soul all included David. He can’t face them. He is still mourning and feels like he is betraying his grief if he so much as hums a tune. Dust and darkness settle on all the happiness John once had. When his elderly neighbor (such a charming little lady) pressures him to accompany her to her choir group, a fresh ray of light brightens his world. John is startled and unsettled. The time for joy in his life is over and one person can’t have pure love twice in a lifetime, can they?

Rhys is vivid, happy and shines brightly. Despite the heartache his young heart has suffered, he is a ray of sunshine. He has also loved and lost but he has progressed further along on the healing train than John has. He returned home to focus on mending the shattered pieces of his heart. Leading the local choir relieved the sharpness of his anguish. Music runs in his blood and has defined him but he could turn his back on music as easily as he could choose to stop breathing. He may have detoured from his musical path but he’s content with his life at the moment. When a gloomy stranger slips into his choir group one evening, he is drawn to the man. He hungers for the smile that he believes lurks behind the shadows. He wants to alleviate his pain if possible. A fragile friendship blooms and then threatens to become more. He wants it. He wants John. But John thinks he knows what’s best for Rhys and sadly, it’s not John. Can he prove to him that life is too precious to waste a chance at love? Will John brush aside his trepidation about the number of their birthdays? I highly encourage you to find out.


Sharp clean writing has become an assurance when I open a book from Jaybird press. This was no exception. I like everything about Jay’s writing. The musical chord that runs throughout this particular tale is delicate and delightful.The quiet town and the lovely secondary characters completed the package.


Men who will warm your heart and sing to your soul. Both John and Rhys not only have a second chance at love but at life. When they harmonize together they hit the peak of the crescendo and you won’t want to miss it. I’m also obsessed with the amazing cover. Rhys is exactly as my mind’s eye imagined. Gorgeous inside and out.


Genuine gutting grief that comes from losing a loved one. John’s pain is palpable and I promise you, you will feel it too. First times that will force your eyes shut from the beauty of the moment. Almost two decades separate the men, but as I said earlier this did not deter me in the slightest. They simply…fit.


Music lovers will be in heaven. Angst lovers will be satisfied. Second chance chasers will be content. And of course, Northcote addicts such as myself will be pleased as punch. It hits all the high marks and left me vibrating with glee.



TITLE: Imperfect Harmony
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press
LENGTH: 189 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2016

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