Where Love Grows by Jay Northcote
Narrated by Hamish Long
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
Release date: August 11, 2020
I enjoyed reading this story last year and the audio version is superb. Hamish Long does a fantastic job of narrating and the two distinct voices he created for Luke and Stephen are spot on—a lovely deep Welsh accent and a soft London accent that didn’t sound like it had come straight out of Oliver Twist.
The character portrayal in this story is extremely well done, with just the right amount of angst that tugs on the heartstrings. Stephen and Luke have several personal issues and past heartbreaks that they don’t feel inclined to discuss at first, but they gradually reveal to each other and the reader. Despite a rather reluctant and shaky start to their relationship, the two men grow to support, comfort, and trust each other, finding love along the way. It’s not an easy path for them. There are some sizzling massage scenes and other sensual times, plus there are two heart-tugging ‘break-ups’, which I always love.
I liked all the garden and plant metaphors that symbolised their lives and growing love. I’m glad Jay still sets his stories in the UK and could picture the days they spent working and relaxing in Stephen’s garden. Jay’s writing flows easily, gripping you, and making you want to read to the end. There are lots of lovely ‘feels’ in this one.
Hamish Long has become one of my favourite narrators. His soothing voice is easy to listen to, making stories easy to follow. He did a great job of portraying the differing personalities, the heartache, and the range of emotions in this story. Highly recommended.