Today’s Book review is for Just Bea by author Deborah Klée. Happy reading and discovering new stories, authors.
Author – Deborah Klée
Title – Just Bea
Genre: Women’s contemporary fiction
Blog Tour Dates: 1st – 7th February 2021
Publication Date: 1st February 2021
Estimated Page Count – 350
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.
My thoughts Just Bea is set in London around the King’s Cross station and the surrounding areas. The story revolves around Bea who at the start of the story has a well to do job at a popular store Hartleys. Bea has a roof over her head, a job she loves most of everything she could ask for. That all changes when she is yet again passed off for a promotion she is working hard towards since past couple years.
Being passed over for the promotion she always thought she wanted, Bea takes it badly and on her way back home gets talking to the homeless guy outside King’s Cross station. This one conversation changes the course of her immediate future as Bea starts not only questioning her work but experiences things and difficulties not only in life but at work too.
There’s Bea and then there’s the homeless people she becomes friends with. We get to know both Bea and the friends she is making and how they came to be homeless and are dealing with it. I was invested in the story pretty much from the start. While Bea’s character felt a bit ungrateful at times it soon changes to her coming into herself. The homeless characters add the heartbreaking element in the story. It’s not just the homeless that’s a big part of the narrative it’s the people on the verge of being homeless which lend a sensitive, terryfying emotion to the story.
To balance it all there’s the inspiration and so much more that Bea derives from her homeless friends. It sounds unbelievable but when you read it you will see how much sense it makes. Coming across her new friends changes lives not only for Bea but for her friends too and few are saved from falling through the cracks completely and in th nick of time too. Just Bea is a story that is as much heartbreaking as it’s beautiful and inspiring.
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 in August.
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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Reviewed by Bee