Thursday 19 April 2018

Review: You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac

Set in the French countryside on an idyllic summer vacation, a delicious, tender novel about finding every bit of joy in life no matter what's thrown at us

Sick of his lies, cheating ways, and complete lack of interest in fatherhood, Jessica left her boyfriend, Adam, only months after she gave birth to their son--and never looked back. Adam moved to France to follow his dream, unencumbered by a serious relationship and the child he never wanted.

Ten years later, Susan, Jess's mother, lies in a nursing home, battling a debilitating disease. Susan forces Jess to recognize what she's always refused to acknowledge: that William needs his father in his life. 

So, Jess and ten-year-old William set off to spend the summer at Ch√Ęteau de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne, where Adam runs a beautiful hotel. There, Jess has a mission: to make Adam fall in love with his own son.

By turns heartbreaking and hopeful, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman's fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has, and a romantic story about finding love even under the most unexpected circumstances.

Review: I loved this book, i loved the way the story was told and I loved Jess as a lead character. This books is exactly what it says it is, heartbreaking and hopefully all the same time. You will not want to put it down once you have picked it up because Jess is such a great character to spend time with, but also you will need to know what is going to happen next. As soon as I started reading this book, I felt like I just needed to settle in for the night because once I was there, there was no way I was moving. 

I am deliberately not mentioning the story line here because I read this book completely unspoiled, to be honest I went into this book completely blind, I didn't even read the synopsis and I really enjoyed it because I didn't have a clue what was coming my way. I loved the setting, it reminded me of my year 8 trip to France, and the weather you get during the summer there, the feelings and the smells of that time of year. I also loved the structure of the book. There are flashbacks to Jess's past, far back in the past but also back to the recent past and this really helps you get to know her as a character, but also helps you continue to turn to the pages of the book hungrily, to find out what impact the past will have had on Jess's present!

As I have already mentioned, Jess is a great main character for this novel. She is so easy to relate to and get along with because she has flaws. She is not perfect and we know that as soon as we meet her. I feel sure that, like me, you will love that about her and love this author for writing a flawed character who is just like you and me. She is a mum and, like most mums, she feels like she isn't doing a good enough job, but she is also a daughter, and like most of us too, she feels she isn't doing a good enough job at that too. She is a great character to tell this story and I really hope that you will fall in love with her too. 

This book is just lovely and once you pick it up you really will want to settle in, get to know Jess and go on this journey with her from start to finish. You will feel like you are in France with her and William and I guarantee you will end this book feeling incredibly hopeful and fulfilled. I loved it and I am sure you will too!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US (published May 1st in US)

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