Just Bea by Deborah Klee
Here’s the blurb:
Sometimes you have to stop trying to be like everyone else and just be yourself
Bea Stevens and Ryan O Marley are in danger of falling through the cracks of their own lives; the only difference between them is that Bea doesn’t know it yet.
When her world is shaken like a snow-globe, Bea has to do what she does best; adapt. Homeless man Ryan is the key to unlocking the mystery of her friend Declan’s disappearance but can she and Ryan trust one another enough to work together?
As the pieces of her life settle in new and unexpected places, like the first fall of snow, Bea must make a choice: does she try to salvage who she was or embrace who she might become?
Just Bea takes the reader on a heart-warming journey from the glamour of a West End store to the harsh reality of life on the streets and reminds us all that home really is where the heart is.
Here’s my review:
Oh my goodness – this book is a serious heartwarmer. I am so glad I took part in this wonderful book blog tour.
I have never read Deborah Klee but I think from now on her books will be on my TBR list. The heroine, Bea, in this book should be up for the Most Endearing Fictional Character Award. She goes on such a journey of self discovery when he meets Ryan who introduces her to the vulnerable and homeless community.
It was such a good journey for Bea who at the start of the book was focused on sales targets, was struggling with her awkwardness at social interactions and couldn’t stop thinking about the disappearance of Declan and how her actions had something to do with him going missing. With Ryan’s help Bea tries to change herself, become more aware of the world around her and solve Declan’s disappearance.
I loved the settings in this book. From the behind the scenes politics at Hartley’s, the Knightsbridge store where Bea works to the darker side of living on the streets.
This book was both memorable and captivating.
Deborah has worked as an occupational therapist, a health service manager, a freelance journalist, and management consultant in health and social care.
Her protagonists are often people who exist on the edges of society. Despite the very real, but dark, subject matter her stories are uplifting, combining pathos with humour. They are about self-discovery and the power of friendships and community.
Just Bea is her second novel. Her debut The Borrowed Boy was published last year.
Deborah lives on the Essex coast. When she is not writing she combines her love of baking with trying to burn off the extra calories.
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