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The Making of Robert Moony by Jane Gilley Book Review – Blog Tour

Good morning bookish people! Today I am bringing you a book review of The Making of Robert Moony by Jane Gilley. An e-copy of this book was kindly sent to me for this blog tour by Heather Fitt.

In this book review I will give star ratings for four categories and I will write a little about each one. There may be spoilers in this book review although I will do my best to make sure there are not. I hope you enjoy my book review.

The Making of Robert Moony

Robert has no friends. His mother invited herself to stay with him for a few months and has never left. He hates his job and is beginning to wonder what life REALLY has in store for him.

But his life is about to change in a shocking act of mistaken identity, proving that friends and love can be found in the most unlikely of places . . .


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought the plot of The making of Robert Moony was heartwarming, fast-paced and funny. The first quarter of the novel is slow and builds the story well, there are layers to the story that were wonderful to explore. Then came the act of mistaken identity and I was swept up along with the story, it’s twists and turns. The change of pace that came with the act of mistaken identity I found very refreshing. I felt there was a message to this story, a message of living life to the full and not letting opportunities pass you by.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are so many characters in this book yet the writer has managed to make each of them stand out from each other. Robert himself I thought was a brilliant character because of the his character arc and how he changes throughout the story. I loved the character of Brett, he brought a wonderful humour to the story.

Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I felt the writing of this story clearly showed the voices of the characters and the language they would use. The dialogue gave the story most of it’s humour which was one of the main elements of the novel. It is a well written novel that has interesting and engaging dialogue, some word jarred for me sometimes but that is likely my own reading of the book. I enjoyed the use of the 3rd person perspective.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall I give this book four stars because of it’s layered plot, brilliantly written characters and the enjoyment that I got from reading it.

This is me, Jane Gilley

My first foray into writing came when I wrote a poem at 7.

                        Night is drawing in

                        And the day has lost its din

                        And while we sleep

                        The animals creep

                        And hunt for food

                        In their hungry mood

I couldn’t stop writing when I was a nipper. I wrote wherever my pen could make its mark and especially at the back of my school exercise books. The lady who taught maths, in junior school, even asked if I wanted more paper to write on!

But life has a way of taking over and guiding you down its own path. Hence my initial foray into writing was dampened by society’s usual requirements of getting married and working to pay the mortgage, whereby I simply didn’t have the time to sit, tapping away at my computer to my heart’s content. But when I managed to start writing again in 2008; when publishers were telling me they didn’t want any more animal fiction, I self-published 6 children’s books – 5 animal adventures, which I sold at Durrell’s Jersey Zoo – and I had a book signing at Waterstones with a novella for young girls, Maisie’s Dream. All still for sale on Kindle.

With my children’s books localised French / Jersey themes, I was invited by 3 of the primary schools here and on the tiny channel island of Herm to give talks to the school children, about where I found the inspiration for my stories.

Since becoming self-employed, I’ve been able to step back and concentrate on writing adult fiction. Avon, Harper Collins published my debut book, The Woman Who Kept Everything – about an elderly lady who rediscovers what life has to offer after an electrical fault in her house threatens a fire, followed by The Afternoon Tea Club – about 4 very different people who meet at a community afternoon tea club and put their worlds to right, after becoming friends.

During 2020 and with PLENTY of time to spare, I wrote 2 new books, which I self-published this year on Kindle – both under adult fiction:

The Making of Robert Moony – an unusual, funny, heart-felt tale about a 27 yr old bullied man who finally finds love and acceptance in life, after he is kidnapped by mistake

County Lines Road – about 2 teenagers whose lives are turned upside down when a joyride goes horribly wrong and they are dragged away to a gang-house by drugs dealers and have to find a way to escape as well as protecting their families from the gang’s threat of retaliation.

All my books are always quirky, uplifting tales about new beginnings and have happy endings!

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