Nothing Man by R J Gould

Involving romance

My rating:  5 out of 5

Neville is going through a difficult time, he’s lost his job, his wife has left him and just this minute he’s backed into another car in Sainsbury’s car park.  But sometimes good things can come from bad.

This contemporary fiction sees Neville, aged mid-fifties, being steered out of a life he finds disappointing into one of hope with bright options for the future.  Following a fortuitous meeting with Laura, whose mother Neville finds very attractive, the reader follows Neville through his sometimes bumpy, and often funny journey from being a nothing man (as his ex-wife put it)  to …….  well, you’ll need to read the book to find out! 

Gould is a wonderful observer of life, adding humour to tricky situations.  Neville is a character it is easy to relate to, and I found myself completely involved in what was going on, and staying up late to see how things would turn out.

5*s from me, as, even with the complications in Neville’s life, I found this uplifting, humorous and just the tonic I needed for being rather fed up with lockdown.   This author’s writing is neither heavy nor frivolous, and looks at life (in particular romance) with a realistic, but upbeat outlook.  

A perfect read for anyone who wants a comfort read, with some awkward moments. 

This is the third book I have read by this author and my favourite so far, but they are all great! 

Other books I have read, and reviewed, by this author (click on book cover to see review) :

The bench by Cromer beach         Mid-life follies      Jack and Jill went Downhill

1 reply »

  1. Thank you, Emma, for such a lovely review. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it. It’s always exciting to release a new novel but this one is particularly so because Nothing Man is the first I ever thought of writing. Having nurtured the ideas for quite some time, I have a novel that I’m hugely proud of.

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