Review: Nicola May – Working it Out

nicola-may-working-it-outWell as much as I hate to confess it, this is another Kindle book, read on my iPad. After being forced into reading the Aurora Teagarden books on my iPad, I downloaded a few more books to see if I could get into it properly.

Now I’m not saying that I’m giving up my books (as much as Cameron might want me to), because that’s just not going to happen, but maybe it’s not too bad to read e-books as well. It is far more convenient for when I don’t particularly want to carry a book around with me, and it’s great for reading on my phone when I’m on the bike/treadmill at the gym – time goes much faster when you’re lost in a fictional world.

So anyway, onto this book. I downloaded it because it was free, it was near the top of the ‘free books’ chart on Amazon, and the cover caught my attention. The start of the book didn’t feel too promising, but it definitely grew on me, and by the end I was totally gripped. The book starts off with Ruby being laid off from her job. She reads this quote by Kahlil Gibran:

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy”

Somehow, and this part was lost on me, she translates this quote into a new year’s resolution to try 12 different jobs over 12 months, so she can figure out what to do for the rest of her life. None of these jobs are conventional and include working in an old people’s residential home, working in a funeral parlour, and helping to organise a huge celebrity party for the star socialite of the moment.

Written into the storyline along the way is Ruby’s disastrous attempts at a love life, the star of which is her neighbour George. Neither of them will admit they like each other, so Ruby goes through a string of failed ‘relationships’ and George ends up engaged to someone else. The book introduces you to a whole host of characters who all help Ruby on her journey through these twelve jobs to discover what she really wants from life.

Now it wouldn’t be a chick-lit book without a big dramatic ending, and this book didn’t disappoint. It was slightly predictable, but still brilliant anyway.

4-5

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