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Working it Out [Kindle Edition]

Nicola May
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Book Description

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?

Editorial Reviews


"Wanted to say massive congratulations on the publication of Working it Out. A big fan of your book when it was on Authonomy, I loved your writing style and brilliant characters. Has pride of place on my Kindle."
--Miranda Dickinson

Highly entertaining, surprising, hugely funny but very touching, this is the one to take on holiday with you this year. Don't miss it!'
--Waterstones Windsor

'A self-published chicklit novel that is easily as good as most of the stuff coming out from major publishers. Actually, it is better than some of the books by household names I have read in recent years.'
--Scott Pack, The Friday Project

Product Details

  • File Size: 702 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QS945Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Work this out! June 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The best part about Working It Out is indeed its fascinating premise that sees Ruby Matthews take on 12 entirely different jobs in 12 months. It's a great way to hook the reader in and the short, snappy chapters lend itself to some easy reading. The novel is some 313 pages long but it's an incredibly quick novel that I managed to speed through in about three hours once I got going. I found each of the jobs Ruby finds herself doing fascinating, I loved that she was willing to try any job at all in her bid to complete her task and end the year having tried 12 new jobs. My favourite job of hers was her first, when she worked as an auxiliary nurse at an old people's home. I thought the characters we were introduced to during that time were incredibly sweet - even so sweet as to make me tear up when Ruby left. The other jobs were equally as enjoyable, though some were briefer than others so some jobs we didn't really get `into' as much as I'd have liked.

The issues I had with the novel were two-fold: Ruby's relationship with men was borderline slapper and some of the writing was questionable. I'm a Geordie, I speak like a Geordie, but when I write my reviews I do not write like a Geordie (and if I wrote a novel I wouldn't either) and it irritates me no end when people do that in books. You don't have to have your Geordie character call everybody `Pet' and say `Whey aye' all of the time. For the record, I have never in my life called anybody pet and I rarely say whey aye. It's one thing for somebody to speak like that but there's no right way to make that come across on the page. It's just cringe-worthy, if I'm totally honest. I feel the same way with Scottish characters, Irish characters, and American characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave up half way through January 7, 2015
By biliwiz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to enjoy this book, but it was impossible. I loved the idea of the 12 different jobs and the first one (the care home) was excellently done but the second was only a couple of pages long. I hated the main character. She was a total scrubber and wanted every man she met. There sere way too many people in this book to get to know any of them. The drinking and sex just got more and more until I gave up. It was also badly formatted.

It's a shame as the writing style was good and easy to read, also some of the characters could have been really good given more time. If the author were to write a story that wasn't all talk of sex and boozing it may be quite good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking read August 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the idea for this book of the main character, Ruby, working her way through 12 jobs in a year. From working in a nursing home to a tea room, complete with eccentric owner, Ruby is kept busy and the reader entertained with her antics. With an eclectic mix of larger than life personalities to keep her company along the way, including Gorgeous George, a tramp called Bert, polo sucking Margaret and the wonderful Lucas Steadburton and his little Jack Russell Montgomery.
I met the author at her book signing in Waterstones and purchased her other novel Star Fish which I'm really looking forward to reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Turning the Pages Review February 14, 2012
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What an amazing concept... one that I wish I had thought of myself, before hubby and kids got in the way. How fun would it be to work at twelve different jobs in twelve months and then sit down at the end and discover where you were truly meant to be? That would be, in a word, AWESOME!

From page 1, word 1; I knew that Ruby and I were kindred spirits. I laughed when she laughed; cried when she cried; and yelled when she did - or at least should have. How she made it through some of the jobs - some of the days - she did, just boggles my mind.

As a main character, Ruby is fabulous. Chick-lit is a genre that appeals to so many but none more than young impressionable women. Having a main character that shows such diversity is fantastic. Ruby is strong, funny, caring, compassionate, humble, and most of all, a great friend. She really is someone that I would love to be.

The cast of characters in Working It Out were hilarious. Being a huge fan of British humour, I found myself laughing out loud (much to the strange looks of those around me) at many of the lines written ~ 'what's it like to shag a wrinkly' ~. From Gorgeous George, to Fi, to Margaret, right on down to strange, but loveable, Bert, all of the characters had a place in the book and each and every one of them was perfect for that role.

Overall, this was a very well written book with great characters and a unique story line. A must read for anyone who enjoys a laugh-out-loud chick-lit book!

Nicola May is a definite up-and-comer in this genre and I look forward to reading many more of her novels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book one June 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ruby seems like a fun, caring person. I liked the concept of the 12 jobs in 1 year. There were a lot of characters, so I had to stop and try to remember who was who. Some of the sayings are not easily translated, so it didn't always flow for me. I am still going to read the next one in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny read October 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon.

The main character Ruby was made redundant just before Christmas and spent a tearful New Years Day with just her cat for company. After being inspired by a quote she found on the internet she decided to make a New Years resolution that, hopefully, would see her succeed in finding happiness. Her big plan was to try twelve different jobs in twelve months to see which one she would like to commit to - I found this whole idea very interesting and I couldn't wait to join her on her journey.

Just a few of the jobs Ruby tried out included a funeral director, sexual health clinic receptionist, fortune-teller and care assistant. She met some fabulous characters along the way, Tony Choi being one of my favourites - he was hilarious and had me crying with laughter. The only problem I found with having so many different characters was that sometimes I struggled to remember who everyone was.

Ruby's love interests were as varied as her job choices but my favourite was definitely gorgeous George, I really enjoyed his cheekiness!

I found myself looking forward to Ruby's next career move, I couldn't wait to find out which career she would choose in the end and when she finally did I have to admit that it was unexpected. There were many, many laugh out loud moments throughout the book but also a few incredibly touching moments so I feel like this book covered everything.

This was a fun read with a happy ending, a perfect curl up on the sofa and have a laugh book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Working it out
It as easy reading and pretty light and fluffy. Also it was a good study of different characters.
Good job!
Published 2 months ago by KevIn Jmc
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read, a whole lot of english (England) slang, which makes...
This book is hilarious. Not a lot of depth, but a very good read with tears and laughter as you travel along with Ruby on her adventures of different jobs for 12 months. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mt
5.0 out of 5 stars Working it out
I liked the fact that when she made mistakes Ruby took responsibility for them. She was usually upbeat and got on with her life without going over and over and over what she may... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Frecks
4.0 out of 5 stars Working it out
Enjoyable read, light and happy. Ruby, gorgeous George, Fi, James and Margaret make you root for their happiness. Enviable mission to find her true passion.
Published 10 months ago by Deborah Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
Very good reading, I couldn't put it down. Suspense from front to back. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A light hearted read
A light hearted read that on occasion tried a bit to hard to be funny.
The story line was good and I liked the characters but they all lacked a bit of depth and the premise of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Katherined0
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
The story is a great premise, very well written, the book moved at such a good pace it was hard to put down. I am sad to leave all the characters lives.
Enjoyed it immensely.
Published 14 months ago by James Colwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
Working it Out sucked me right in. I'm sorry that it's over.
I hope we read more about Ruby in the future.
Published 14 months ago by Laverne
3.0 out of 5 stars Brit Chick Lit - quirky and fun
This is the story of Ruby Matthews (or Rubes to her family and friends) who's lost her job and realized that she really didn't care for it very much. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Working it out
Laugh out loud funny in places. Serious at other times without being maudlin. Not great literature but a really good story.
Published 14 months ago by Maryeraymond
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More About the Author

Award winning author Nicola May writes what she calls chick lit with a kick!

All 6 of her books have been in the bestselling Kindle charts.

The School Gates won an award for Best Author Published read at the Festival of Romance.

Nicola likes watching films that involve a lot of swooning, fine red wine and eating flapjacks.

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