Today it’s the turn of Friday Review Share in order to support Indie authors. Please leave a link to a review you’ve written on Amazon or Goodreads for an Indie book which is not your own. Just a link to the review is enough and the review itself if you like, because let’s face it, if people are interested in the book it’ll be easy to seek it out!
I’ll start the ball rolling with my review of Sally Cronin’s ‘Just an Odd Job Girl‘, which I found quite delightfully entertaining, with many laugh-out-loud moments.
At 50 Imogen had been married for over 20 years, and was living in a big house, with money to spare. Suddenly she is traded-in for a younger model, a Fast-Tracker.
Devastated, she hides away and indulges in binge eating. But then, when hope is almost gone, she meets a new friend and makes a journey to her past that helps her move on to her future.
My 5 Star Review:
Imogen, having turned down a career in nursing to please Peter, the love of her life, wonders how to re-build her life after he deserts her in middle age for a younger woman.
After comfort eating and moping about, Imogen decides she wants to be gainfully employed again after many years of being a wife and mother. She’d had experience of many jobs in her youth, and nervously approaches an employment agency. She is asked by Andrew Jenkins at the agency to talk him through the list of jobs she’d worked at in the past so that he could place her in the most suitable post.
Imogen reminisces about the times she spent working in a seaside kiosk, in a large department store, in a hotel, and as a dental assistant and a receptionist at a funeral home to name but a few. I think Mrs Cronin may have worked at some (or all?) of these jobs herself, as she writes with great expertise about them. There are some laugh-out-loud moments too. I particularly liked the 1970s disco scene and Imogen’s night out wearing her new wig, and then there were the strange female customers who frequented the cosmetic department of Huntley’s Store, and the few dodgy clients who wanted to place adverts when Imogen worked at telesales…
As Imogen looks back in time at all the experiences she has had, she re-gains her self esteem and realises she is not ready to be thrown out just like yesterday’s newspaper.
Recommended for fans of light reading / humorous women’s fiction.