Nothing Man by R J Gould. #BlogTour

Nothing Man

One man in need of an overhaul. Two women determined to drag him there.

Neville Watkin’s life is so rubbish surely things can’t get any worse.  Yes they can, because his wife leaves him, he loses his job, has a car crash and ends up in hospital.

Feisty Laura, the other party in the car crash, befriends him and sets out to turn his life upside down. For reasons he struggles to understand, Caroline, her equally feisty mother, seems to like him. Rather a lot.

All in all things are looking up, but is Neville courageous enough to seize these new opportunities?

My Thoughts

In Nothing Man, we meet Neville, a man who has certainly had to deal with more than his fair share off loss lately. From his beloved wife passing away, to the loss of his job too, he certainly feels that he has very little going for him in both his personal and professional life.

Now in his mid fifties, Neville is more aware than ever that he doesn’t have much time to lose. When a freak accident outside of a supermarket occurs, Neville has no idea as to how much this one incident will begin to change his life, and change his view of himself along the way.

Neville soon meets an array of interesting characters who impact his life in so many ways. Friendships are formed, and Neville finds himself slowly starting to live his life again.

This is such a wonderful story. I adored Neville, and despite him being somewhat withdrawn at the beginning of the story (which is totally understandable given his situation), it was so lovely to watch his character evolve as the story progressed and we got to know more about him.

The rest of the characters in this book were also delightful, with each of them adding something completely unique to the story, and giving it that extra drive throughout. It was wonderful following the relationships that began to develop between this cast of characters, and the ways in which these interactions impacted upon the story.

The author has such a refreshing writing style, it is rather impossible to not find yourself lost in this book. The story is told with the perfect amount of humour and emotion, really allowing you connect with the characters and the situations they find themselves in.

I truly adored this story, and would love to see a sequel to allow us to see how Neville’s life has changed from the start of this wonderful story. An absolute gem!.

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About the Author

Richard writes under the pseudonym R J Gould and is a (rare male) member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA). His first novel was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award following his participation on the RNA New Writers’ Scheme. Having been published by Headline Access and Lume Books, he now self-publishes.

He writes contemporary literary fiction about relationships, loosely though not prescriptively within the Romance genre, using both humour and pathos to describe the tragi-comic journeys of his protagonists in search of love. Nothing Man is his sixth novel, following A Street Café Named Desire, The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies and The bench by Cromer beach.

Ahead of writing full time, Richard led a national educational charity. He has been published in a wide range of educational journals, national newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of a major work on educating able young people. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and R j Gould for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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