Working with young children, you can’t help but notice that their jokes don’t make any sense. Not. One. Bit.
“Why did the elephant cross the road?” “To get some peanuts”
“Knock. Knock” “Who’s there?” “Strawberry” “Strawberry Who?” “Strawberry Head”
I have come to realize over the years why this happens after witnessing it over and over and over. The jokes they tell don’t make sense because they simply don’t understand the jokes we tell! So they think a joke is something that doesn’t make sense that starts with a particular phrase…
by Sarah Monzon
Series: Sewing in SoCal #1
Publication Date July 2, 2020
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I absolutely refuse to tell a lie no matter the consequences. So don’t ask me a direct question unless you’re prepared for a direct answer—that’s something my SoCal sewing girlfriends have learned the hard way.
But who would have thought my honesty policy would get me fired from my job at the preschool? Or that a desperate—and not to mention devastatingly handsome—single father of one of my (now-former) students would hire me that same day as a nanny for his daughter?
I’m an education professional. How hard can taking care of a four-year-old and her over-stressed, over-worked father be?
I would like to thank Sarah Monzon for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
It is difficult for me to start a review of a book that has adorable children in it without starting to talk about them first. So I won’t restrain myself.
Chloe was adorable! She was snuggly and precocious, adored unicorns, and loved putting makeup on her daddy. And was known to throw a temper tantrum or two. And told typical-for-toddlers nonsensical “jokes”.
And her daddy? Ben? Oh!! He melted my heart with his love for his little girl. Sure, he was obsessive about cleanliness but he had good reason. Which I’m not gonna tell you. He meticulously cleansed himself of any vestige of the hospital he interned at before leaving the premises to ensure he wouldn’t bring home any disease for Chloe to catch. He had been broken by grief and was torn between his need to care for his daughter and the internship that was taking over his life!
Enter Molly. Who was painfully honest. She refused to lie. Ever. And had, apparently, lost more than one job as a result. Which sounds crazy! I mean, what employer wouldn’t want an honest employee? Yeah, you’ll figure that one out pretty quickly. 🙂 Molly had a tender heart even if she was a bit blunt about it.
In addition to the above, I enjoyed the way Ben was such a hero, rushing in to help when he could. And his capable manner in the face of danger. The trip to the beach was humorous! There were myriad references to children’s stories, which were lots of fun. And all the animals Chloe was compared to, while completely apropos, made me laugh!
Honestly? Molly’s need to tell the truth really did need to be tempered. Some of the things she answered were not necessary, even in the face of total disclosure. I am old fashioned enough that some of the discussions, while not not clean, were ones that make me slightly uncomfortable – like why the seals were riding “piggyback” or what the paper-wrapped tube in Molly’s purse was. There were also several references to bodily fluids and functions that I prefer not having mentioned (oh my! What he compared her hair to! It’s a good thing it wasn’t out loud!!!). Were they necessary? Meh.
Molly is a delightful, humorous story. Though written by a Christian author, it is closer to Inspirational Fiction than Christian fiction. The characters were Christians and attended church, however, there were minimal spiritual references and the changes Molly and Ben went through were not attributed to anything spiritual. (I only mention this because of its Christian fiction classification on Amazon.)
I had fun seeing hints of the stories of Molly’s friends and look forward to seeing more of them in the continuing Sewing in SoCal series.