*Just a little note, the blog post may contain some minor spoilers*
I’ve been a fan of Ruth Jones and her writing for years. I’ve grown up with Ruth Jones and her wonderful, witty and larger-than-life characters. I’ve loved her from TV shows such as Fat Friends, Little Britain, Gavin & Stacey and Stella. I’ve admired her writing, her wonderful and accurate character observations and made it even better that she’s welsh! Growing up and interested in writing, Jones was an inspiration to me. Someone to look up too, so to speak.
So when I found out that she was venturing into the world of novels, I waited eagerly and in anticipation for the book to arrive. I was that excited that I pre-ordered the book. And not just any book, but a signed copy. I was even more excited when it came early in the post and it’s safe to say that I devoured the book entirely in a matter of days. So, where do I start?
Never Greener is a book about actress Kate Andrews when she meets Callum McGreggor, the man that she once fell in love, once again after seventeen years. It’s a book about second chances, ‘what if’ situations, it’s about love – all kinds of love and the different ways that people interpret that love. It’s about the strength of love, too.
One of my favourite parts of the book is the wonderful array of characters. Like I said, I’ve loved Ruth’s writing for years, mostly for the wonderful characters and their dialogue. Witty. Heartwarming. Real. And that’s evident in this book, too. The book is in first-person, giving us an insight not only into Kate and Callum’s life but also of Belinda, Hetty and Matt too. At first, it may seem a little overwhelming to have so many characters that you need to keep your eyes open for, but once you keep on reading and getting used to the characters and their tone of voice, all of that disappears. You care about these characters. You want to keep reading the next page just to find out what happens to Hetty or how Matt is handling everything. As I’ve said, there is a large array of characters in this book and they all have their own distinctive voices: Belinda with her wonderful Welsh accent, the depth and boom of Callum’s Scottish accent and Hetty with her use of exclamation marks.
I especially loved this quote that really sums up the book:
If you are familiar with Ruth Jones’ writing, especially Stella, you will immediately fall in love with this book. With Ruth’s wonderful writing, you really do get transported into this world. You get angry with Callum and Kate, you want to scream at them, for them to step away from each other, to think about lovely Matt and Belinda, to turn away from each other, and no, no, step away from each other. It’s the type of book where you think to yourself that you are only going to read one chapter but then you end up reading five, because you are that invested into the story.
I loved this book, every page I took in every word of Ruth’s writing, clinging onto every word as I didn’t want it to end. Dare I say it, it’s one of my favourite books that I’ve read recently and I mean that wholeheartedly. And I’m sure it will be your favourite book, too. I can’t wait for the next one, and the next one, and the next one… because it’s clear that Ruth Jones has a large future of writing and I, for one, hope she doesn’t stop anytime soon.
Have you read Never Greener yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.