Working it Out tells the story of Ruby Matthews, who having been made redundant from her marketing role just before Christmas, and inspired by a certain quotation about loving your work, decides to try out twelve different jobs, one per month over the course of the following year, on order to try and discover what she would really love to do. As the novel progresses, we spend a year with Ruby as she tries a variety of different roles and discovers more about herself. These different jobs provide plenty of opportunity for humour, and some touching moments too.
This is an entertaining, amusing read with plenty of humour, and also some serious moments. It's an uplifting read that made me smile. Ruby approaches everything in a positive manner and gives each and every job her best, and this pays dividends in terms of the benefits to how she feels; 'For the first time in ages she had taken control of her life, which in turn was making her really happy and ooze the confidence she sometimes lacked.' I felt that the author conveyed emotions and relationships well. Perhaps aspects of some of the jobs are a little unlikely or fortunate but it is all so enjoyable and readable that I was happy not to worry about that. I really like the cover of this book; it is so bright and cheerful, evocative of a sunshine-filled day, and the woman in the picture is cleverly depicted in the act of doing so many different things at once, just like Ruby.
Thank you very much to the author for sending me a copy of her novel to read and give an honest review.
Working it Out is a self-published novel available now in paperback and e-book formats.
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