Today I am so thrilled to be on the Blog Tour for Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour and inviting me to take part.
Raving about Rhys
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?
Raving about Rhys has a host of colourful characters, but the story concentrates on Callie, who works as a carer at Bay View Care Home. Callie loves her job and forms close relationships with some of the residents, especially Ruby an ex-dancer who keeps Callie entertained with all of her stories. Unfortunately, the manager of Bay View, the ‘She-Devil’ speaks harshly to Callie and seems to dislike her.
Outside work Callie is in a relationship with Tony, a man who is more than twice her age. and she feels that after approaching one year together the romance is dead.
Will Callie keep hold of her job despite the ‘She Devils’ nastiness and will Tony ever actually take her out instead of just using her for sex?
Callie frustrated me, she let Tony use her for too long and she should have spoken up for herself at work. I liked her unwavering loyalty but knew she was worth so much more than a dead-end relationship and job where she was undervalued by her employer. Callie’s character drew me into the story because I wanted things to change for her.
Ruby spent hours waiting for her grandson Rhys to visit and talked constantly about him, but she seemed to be waiting such a long time, was he just a figment of her imagination?
It took me a couple of hours to read the novella and I was left wanting to know more about the characters. This is a prequel to a trilogy, so I am looking forward to visiting Whitborough Bay again, very soon.
Thank you to Rachel and Jessica Redland for supplying me with a copy which I have reviewed honestly.
Author Bio –
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.
Social Media Links –
Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com