Jessica Redland’s novella, Raving about Rhys, is a sweet story about finding love. It’s a simple story that touches on a variety of difficult topics, including infidelity, divorce, suicide, death, and growing old. All those heavy topics are interwoven into Callie’s story, though, and none of them really feel out of place. It’s all part of the awakening of Callie. The story is engaging and the characters are amusing. The story itself is fairly predictable, but that’s okay. It leaves room for the reader to focus on Callie’s journey rather than where she ends up. A few semi-unexpected plot twists keep you going, but really, this is just a short and nice story. Callie is endearingly naive and the supporting cast has everybody from the feisty old woman to the bully of a boss to the slimy boyfriend.
Overall, Raving about Rhys is a fairly uncomplicated and easy read. Perfect for a hot day when you’re trapped inside and want to let your mind go somewhere else. I really enjoyed it and am looking at her other books as something easy and fun to pick up.
Raving about Rhys
Published: January 19, 2017
Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can’t believe she’s finally landed herself a decent boyfriend – older man Tony – who’s lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony’s exactly what she’s always dreamed of … or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn’t constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.
When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she’s issued with her marching orders, who’ll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?
Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?
Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!
She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!
Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.