Ruby Matthews has a plan. Twelve jobs in twelve months, until she finds the one of her dreams…
After an unexpected redundancy, Ruby begins to question her priorities. Inspired by a quote from Kahlil Gibran about loving your work, she launches her mission to find the ideal job.
Her year of gainful (and sometimes painful!) employment includes nannying for clients in the South of France; dealing with embarrassing ailments in a Harley Street Clinic; waiting tables in a buzzy Soho cafe; and meeting the celebs of years gone by in a home for retired actors. And even though love is no longer top of her list, relationships just seem to start happening along the way – which sees her handing out some P45s of her own!
But will any of the jobs, or men she meets, see her dreams come true? Or will Ruby just end up back where she started?
I thought Ruby’s plan of twelve jobs in twelve months was a great idea. It is a great way to work out what career you would finally like to do or not do! The roles Ruby finds herself in couldn’t be more varied and I had to applaud her on doing some of them as there was no way I could have done them. Working in a funeral home is definitely one of them!
Ruby is a thirty year old woman who hasn’t really got her life together yet. She has just become unemployed and hasn’t found the person she would like to settle down with. She seems to spend her social life getting drunk and falling in and out of different beds but she knows this isn’t what she wants anymore. She certainly isn’t short of love interests although it’s finding the right one that is hard as well as committing herself.
There are some wonderful characters in this story. From Ruby’s neighbours, to her bosses and work colleagues in her new jobs, the lists go on, some of them are even of the furry kind! They all made this such a fun read and even endearing in some parts. It was like being surrounded by friends in this novel and there was never a dull moment with plenty to gossip about.
Working It Out was a laugh out loud read that was full of charm which had me cringing in some parts and laughing and even crying at others. Ruby’s life is quite hectic and was grateful that I was only part of the sidelines watching in as I was tired from all the running around she was doing for her jobs as well as helping others. The reader won’t only love Ruby but also the colourful array of characters that make this a feel good and fun read.