Never Greener by Ruth Jones | Book Review

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We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all

I stumbled across this book wholly by accident while on Audible and I had to do a double-take when I saw that the author was Ruth Jones; furiously googling ‘just to make sure’ that it was her, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was, in fact, the creator of TV icon, Nessa/Stella.

As a long-time fan of Ruth Jones and her characters, I was pleasantly surprised to discover she’d written a book; something I didn’t even know that I needed.

If you know, then you know, but if you don’t and have been living under a rock for the past 15 years, Ruth Jones played TV icon Nessa Jenkins in Gavin & Stacey and was the genius behind Stella; a show that stole the heart of the nation with its gut-wrenching storylines and hilariously memorable characters.

Rob Morgan. Ooft. Shoutout to Mark Lewis Jones.

The past has a habit of tracking us down and tripping us up.

The year is 1985, Kate walks into a bar with cotton candy between her teeth and a spring in her step. Seemingly capturing the attention of barman, Callum, they begin a passionate and all-consuming affair before it ends in a heartbreak Kate thinks she will never recover from.

Kate, (22), was an aspiring actress and Callum, (39), was a married school teacher and father of 3 children under five.

Fast forward 17 years and Kate is now a successful actress living in London with husband Matt and 5-year-old daughter, Tallulah.

Kate is invited back to her old Primary School to make an appearance and conduct a meet and greet with the kids, and despite her reservations of going back home, she agrees, only to be reunited with Callum McGregor; class 6 teacher.

Despite their rocky history, Kate and Callum can’t help but wonder what could have been. They soon realise that the connection they once had is still there and so they embark upon an affair so consuming that it threatens to destroy both of their lives, forever.

Right, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s the start the review, shall we?

Never Greener was one of those books that I couldn’t easily be pried away from and made me miss my train stop at least twice.

I felt a lot of compassion towards Kate and Callum, despite their questionable morals. A lot of people have given this book very bad reviews for the simple reason that they hated Kate and Callum, but isn’t that just a testament to Ruth Jones for creating characters so real and raw that we’re able to feel such disgust toward them? I think so.

However, the character that really stood out for me was Belinda; I LOVED HER! Belinda was Callum’s wife and mother to their three children, she was sweet, charming, but gave as good as she got and I loved that about her, I really did.

I despised Matt and Hetty with a passion, so I’ll cover those characters as briefly as I’m able without jabbing the hell out of my keyboard.

Matt was a self-proclaimed ‘nice guy’ and I just wasn’t buying it.

Hetty was a 39-year-old spinster; she had never had a real relationship in her life and almost everything she said was irritating. (No relationship history to speak of at 39, for christs sake, let’s be realistic at least?)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for the most part; I love reading about people who are reunited many years down the line, and despite the circumstances surrounding the whole thing and the devastating effects that followed for them both, I was glued to the story and was rooting for them both in the end, but separately, rather than together.

Sometimes, it’s better to leave the past exactly where it is. It doesn’t mean you have to forget, it just means that you need to move forward.

Overall, I’d give this a 3.9-star rating. I’m keeping those 1.1 stars to one side for her next book, Us Three, in case I need extra stars.

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Kirsty x

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