*** From the acclaimed author of You Me Everything, now optioned for film *** ‘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
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 Liverpool and was a journalist before she became an author. She wrote her first novel, Bridesmaids, under the pseudonym Jane Costello and her eight subsequent books were all Sunday Times bestsellers. You Me Everything was her first work writing as Catherine Isaac. It was selected by the Richard & Judy Book Club, has been translated into twenty-four languages and a movie adaptation is in development by Lionsgate and Temple Hill. In 2019 she won the Romantic Novelists’ Association award for Popular Romantic Fiction. She lives in Liverpool with her husband Mark and three sons.
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