Simon & Schuster (E book 28th November, Paperback 5th March 2020)
A journey through Italy.
A lifetime of secrets.
But will they uncover the truth about each other?
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 Italy; to a place she only recently heard about in a letter.
The reason for her trip is 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 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.
A pleasing read in which the author takes the reader on a stunning journey through Italy where the beautiful scenery is breathtaking in it’s vivid description.
Allie, accompanied by Ed embarks on a mission to discover the truth about her mother, while on this trip Allie discovers more than she bargained for with some devastating consequences on their homeward journey. The story is told from the points of view of both main protagonists – Allie and Ed and while this is Allie’s story the writing from Ed’s perspective offers an insight into his life separate to Allie. Italicised sections provide the details of the secrets Allie is trying to uncover and serve to keep the reader in the picture as Allie learns her family history.
This is a very accessible and engaging reading, the writing is easy and the plot is simple to follow. The strength of this book is in the characters, who as the title suggests are messy – as people are with histories and complications that make a life. This is a book about people and relationships, about family life in all of its forms, it touches on loss and bereavement among other things and is sensitive and well written. An enjoyable work of fiction aimed at women in the Chick Lit market but could also have a much wider appeal.
Thank you to the author and the publisher Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this book
About the Author
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. Translation rights have been sold in twenty countries and it has been optioned for a film by Lionsgate. She lives in Liverpool with her husband Mark and three sons.