Tuesday 1 December 2020

Us Three by Ruth Jones @ruthjonesREAL @TransworldBooks @alisonbarrow #UsThree #BookReview


Friends forever is a difficult promise to keep...

Meet Lana, Judith and Catrin. Best friends since primary school when they swore an oath on a Curly Wurly wrapper that they would always be there for each other, come what may.

After the trip of a lifetime, the three girls are closer than ever. But an unexpected turn of events shakes the foundation of their friendship to its core, leaving their future in doubt - there's simply too much to forgive, let alone forget. An innocent childhood promise they once made now seems impossible to keep . . .

Packed with all the heart and empathy that made Ruth's name as a screenwriter and now author, Us Three is a funny, moving and uplifting novel about life's complications, the power of friendship and how it defines us all.

Prepare to meet characters you'll feel you've known all your life - prepare to meet Us Three.

Us Three by Ruth Jones was published in hardback on 3 September 2020 by Bantam Press. The paperback will be released in April next year.
My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

This review was originally published in the Daily Express

The second novel from the writer and star of Gavin & Stacey and Fat Friends explores the glue that binds women in lifelong friendship.

Lana, Judith and Catrin live in a small Welsh town and they are the best of friends. When they were eight years old, they swore an oath on a Curly Wurly wrapper that they would remain friends for life.
Ten years later, they are about to celebrate the end of their A-levels and the beginning of adulthood with a trip around the Greek islands. They are as different as “chalk, cheese and chocolate”, with different backgrounds and ambitions, but they are bound together by loyalty and friendship.

However, their Greek holiday changes their lives in ways they could never have foreseen.  Judith investigates her father’s Cypriot family history and uncovers disturbing truths, while a local man breaks Catrin’s heart – but she hasn’t heard the last of him.

After the holiday, the women all take different paths in life, and we follow them for three decades as they settle down and start families, with Catrin always the glue that binds the trio together.

Ruth Jones tells her well-crafted characters’ experiences, both hilarious and heartbreaking, with compassion and sensitivity, making for a warm and witty story of enduring friendship.

Ruth Jones is best known for her outstanding and award-winning television writing, most notably
BBC1’s Gavin and Stacey, which she co-wrote with James Corden and in which she played the incorrigible Nessa Jenkins. 

The most recent Christmas Day special of Gavin and Stacey gained national critical acclaim, drawing an audience of over 18 million and winning a National Television Award for Impact. Ruth also created and co-wrote Sky 1’s Stella, which ran for six series. As well as being Bafta-nominated for her role as the eponymous Stella, Ruth has also starred in several other television comedies and dramas.

Her debut novel Never Greener has now sold over a quarter of a million copies. It was chosen as WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year 2018, was a Zoe Ball Book Club pick, and was a Sunday Times best seller for fifteen weeks, three weeks at number one. Us Three is Ruth’s second novel.

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