Us Three by Ruth Jones Book Review


Us Three

Ruth Jones

The new novel from Ruth Jones, author of the smash-hit, number one bestselling debut, Never Greener.

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.

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My Thoughts

Us Three is the story of Cat, Judith and Lana, three Welsh schoolgirls who made a pact to stay friends forever. However, at this tender age how could they possibly foresee all the trials and tribulations that would fall in their way?

Ruth Jones tells the story of how one friend genuinely falling in love with a perfect partner can be seen by another friend as a brutal betrayal.

I’m a fan of Ruth Jones writing but found this a bit of a slow burner. Rather than being about lifelong friendships it focused mainly on all the things that can get in the way. I did find it relatable and true to real life with heartwarming compassion and humour.

Throughout four decades you really get to know the three women and their families. Many life events are covered from love and loss to weddings and funerals. It will make you take a look at your own friendships and wonder how they could be handled differently.

Huge thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

Author Bio

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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