*** From the acclaimed author of You Me Everything, now optioned for film *** 'Family secrets, hidden love and Italy - the perfect combination for a mesmerising read' Santa Montefiore ‘I adored it … a gorgeous sunny setting, exploring love, friendship and the twistiest of family entanglements’ Jill Mansell 'Intriguing and pacy' Libby Page 'I fell head over heels in love with this book! A page-turning mystery, a wonderfully uplifting story about love in all its forms and characters so real, I still wonder what they're doing' Katy Regan 'I absolutely loved it, what a rich and engaging story' Dani Atkins 'This novel is a delight' Goop on You Me Everything
One morning in early summer, a man and woman wait to board a flight to Italy.
Allie has lived a careful, focused existence. But now she has unexpectedly taken leave from her job as an academic research scientist to fly to a place she only recently heard about in a letter. Her father, Joe, doesn’t know the reason for her trip, and Allie can’t bring herself to tell him that she’s flying to Italy to unpick the truth about what her mother did all those years ago.
Beside her is her best friend since schooldays, Ed. He has just shocked everyone with a sudden separation from his wife, Julia. Allie hopes that a break will help him open up.
But the secrets that emerge as the sun beats down on Lake Garda and Liguria don’t merely concern her family’s tangled past. And the two friends are forced to confront questions about their own life-long relationship that are impossible to resolve.
The dazzling new novel from Richard & Judy book club author Catherine Isaac, Messy, Wonderful Us is a story about the transforming power of love, as one woman journeys to uncover the past and reshape her future.
Praise for You Me Everything
'You broke my heart AND made it soar! Isabelle Broom 'Packed with twists and surprises' Good Housekeeping 'A heart-wrenching story which explores the lengths we’re willing to go to for those we love' Cosmopolitan 'Beautiful' Closer 'Will stay with you' Marie Claire US 'A heart-breakingly real story and poignant story of love, regret and second chances. This is one of the books that everyone will be talking about' Heat 'Destined for big things' Red 'An ideal holiday read' Sunday Mirror 'One of the summer's big hitters' Fabulous 'Must read' New York Post ‘What a gorgeous book. A sensitive subject, beautifully handled. Loved it’ Jill Mansell 'Heartwarming, thoughtful and very special' Jenny Colgan 'Reminiscent of One Day' Sarah Vaughan
Catherine Isaac was born in 1974 in Liverpool, England. She studied History at the University of Liverpool, before completing a postgraduate diploma in Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University. She began her career as graduate trainee at the Liverpool Echo. At 27, she was appointed Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post and held the position for five years. She wrote her first book, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave and under the pseudonym Jane Costello. She has since written nine books, all Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. You, Me, Everything is her first novel writing as Catherine Isaac. She lives in Liverpool with her husband Mark and three sons. In her spare time she likes to run, walk up mountains in the Lake District and win at pub quizzes, though the latter rarely happens. Film rights to this novel have been optioned by Lionsgate, and foreign rights have sold around the world.
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