Working it Out has a great premise - Ruby Matthews will embark on twelve different jobs in twelve months before deciding her vocation in life.
Each month, as Ruby stoically takes on a new challenge, we get to see another side to her character. She meets some interesting, and some weird, people along the way but braves each job with determination. While the author goes into detail regarding some of the jobs, others are skimmed over a little, which, if there's a criticism of the novel, it's this slight imbalance.
There are some laugh-out-loud moments as Ruby deals with her time in a Harley Street clinic that specialises in STDs, as a waitress in a cafe alongside the annoying Pamela, and as a nanny to two spoilt children in the south of France.
But there are more poignant moments, too. Her first job takes her to a care home for retired actors. This has its funny moments but there are also some very touching ones. She forms a close friendship with one actor at the end of his life and this relationship has implications towards the end of the story.
Throughout Ruby's quest for the perfect career, she has another quest - to find the perfect partner. The relationship between her and the younger `Gorgeous George' carries through the story and we're never sure whether he's the one for her because she does fall rather heavily for a good many men that she meets. And, if I'm honest, George's friend and flatmate, James, and Adam, the man she meets in her role as Madame Saskia the fortune teller, come across as nicer people and better propositions!
Working it Out is a light read with many amusing moments and some smashing characters.