Joan Jonker has written a series of books that follow the story of two best friends Mollie and Nellie. There are sadly only nine books that Joan wrote in these series. I have loved following the simplicity of their lives and found myself engrossed in that period. A few years ago I read the first five Books but stopped when I had my sons and I have finally made time to pick up where I left. Three little words is the second book I have read since taking up reading again and I found it so easy to fall back into their lives.
For those of you who are not familiar it follows the lives of two best friends Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough and their family and friends. The book's cover several years of their lives while their children grow up get married and start to have children of their own. Their family and friends extend over the years.
Joan has set the stories in the 1940's to 1950's. This particular book is set a few years after the war when life is getting that little bit easy but still simple enough for me. It's the time when you go down to your local butchers and bakers for your daily food and everyone knows everyone in their neighborhood.
This book is picking up only 48 hours after the last book 'sunshine of your smile' were Neille's daughter Lille marries her sweetheart Archie. So the talk is about the wedding. From there their everyday lives begin again. I have to admit these two ladies like a cup of tea. I lost count through the book the amount of times they sat down for a cuppa!
This book is full of laughter and jokes mainly centered round the two friends. Straight away it starts with laughter when Nellie turns up at Molly's house to go the shops in her wedding outfit. Molly is having none of it but in the end they come to a compromise.
As well as following the everyday lives of the two friends which I do admit doesn't sound exciting to read Molly and Nellie always have a bit of drama going on. They add another friend to their clan Claire Thompson who you briefly meet in the previous book but you find a lot more about her. The main plot is centered around her from Molly and Nellie's prospect. The women is a widower and is described as a beautiful lady who has two children. She gets an admirer but Molly and Neille are suspicious and think he is too good to be true. So they start some detective work. I found this gave the book a bit more depth but if your into your detective books it's not really for you.
I have found Joan Jonker's Molly and Neille saga is light hearted. I love to settle on the couch with a cup of tea and join their world. I found it the type of book that is easy to put down for a week and pick it up again as if you never hard. It's simple and full of laughs.
The only downfall I found with this book is after reading six in the series some of the jokes are becoming a little repetitive. But I guess that's what you get when you follow the lives of two friends over the war years. I still love the books though and I will be reading the next installment of the pair. I find myself relaxing when I read this book and it takes away the stress of modern life when you enter the more simple way of living my nan used to live.
You can pick this book up for £5 new on Amazon but if you look around you will find it cheaper. Often in cheap book shops you can find many of Joan Jonkers book in an offer.