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Catherine Isaac is the pseudonym of the British Sunday Times bestselling author Jane Costello. Her new novel You Me Everything will be published in the UK and in the US in early 2018.
An evocative and satisfyingly engaging read focusing on family, friendship, and hope. Ellie knows she needs to step beyond the sanctuary offered by her home and garden, but she hasn’t left it for over two years. Sitting alongside the main story in 2018, we also visit Romanian state orphanages with journalist Harriet in 1990 and the two stories begin to merge. I so love Catherine Isaac’s writing, she has the gift of transporting you both in heart and mind. She encourages a connection to her characters, and makes them relatable, even when exploring darkness. This is as much about Ellie’s relationship with herself as it is with others. The story explores trauma in an open yet balanced way and encourages thoughts to expand. I similarly adored Messy, Wonderful Us which journeys to Italy and I described as both heart warming and achy. The World at my Feet just has so much heart, it really is a lovely read and joins my Liz Picks of the Month.
Both heart warming and achy, how gorgeously unpredictable and wonderful is this! Secrets spill and emotions spin when best friends Alice and Ed fly to Italy to find out the truth about her mother. I think I stepped into this novel expecting a relationship story, I also found a beautifully balanced and convincing tale of family mystery and intrigue. Catherine Isaac gradually completed the intricate jigsaw surrounding Alice and Ed, ensuring my attention was well and truly snared while also allowing me to enjoy the gentle unravelling of the story. Italy unveils its charm as another tale travels alongside Alice and Ed’s journey, revealing hidden thoughts and feelings. I love it when I read a book and have absolutely no idea where the ending is going to take me. I ranged from apprehensive to enchanted and inspired, while an overall feeling of hope kept me company throughout. I absolutely adored the unexpected and delightful Messy, Wonderful Us and so was compelled to choose it as a Liz Robinson pick of the month.
'An impossibly seductive love story, underpinned by a heart-breaking secret' Rosie Walsh From Richard & Judy Book club author Catherine Isaac comes the emotional and uplifting story of love, loss, friendship and a letter that changes everything. In late 1983, a letter arrives from Italy, containing secrets so unthinkable that it is hidden away, apparently forever. More than three decades later, it is found . . . by the last person who was ever supposed to see it. When Allie opens an envelope in her grandmother's house, it changes everything she knows about her family - and herself. With the truth liable to hurt those she loves most, she hires a private detective to find out what happened to her late mother in the summer before Allie was born. Taking leave from her job as a research scientist, she is led to the sun-drenched shores of Lake Garda, accompanied by her best friend Ed. But the secrets that emerge go far beyond anything they were expecting. Now, Allie must find the courage to confront her family's tangled past and reshape her own future. Praise for MESSY, WONDERFUL US 'Uplifting, emotional and surprising... another sure-fire bestseller' Hannah Beckerman 'I adored it... a gorgeous sunny setting, exploring love, friendship and the twistiest of family entanglements' Jill Mansell 'A gorgeous location, a story full of twists and turns and tension and some heart-stopping romance - what more do you want from a love story?' Red 'Intriguing and pacy' Libby Page 'Family secrets, hidden love and Italy - the perfect combination for a mesmerising read' Santa Montefiore 'Secrets come to the surface in this tale of love and loss' Woman 'Intricately crafted, beautifully written, an emotional roller-coaster. It's the kind of book that you read for the first time with your heart in your mouth and for the second time with a greater sense of appreciation for the story, characters and Italian setting' Iona Grey 'Such a good book. Tender, evocative, measured - it really is a fantastic piece of writing' Andy Jones '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 'A gorgeous book saturated with sunshine that will fill your heart with joy' Milly Johnson 'This novel is a delight' Goop
*** THE FEEL-GOOD NOVEL OF THE SUMMER AND A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION *** 'Wow. Just wow. If you liked Me Before You, you'll love You Me Everything' Sunday Times bestseller Clare Mackintosh Set in the French countryside over one hot summer, You Me Everything is a tender novel about finding joy and love even in the most unexpected places. Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess's ex-boyfriend and William's father, Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she's in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam connect with his own son. Jess can't allow Adam to let their son down because she is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody - especially William - must discover. By turns life-affirming, heart-wrenching and joyful, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman's fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has and never let go, and a romantic story as heady as a crisp Sancerre on a summer day. 'A classic, bittersweet love story. Like Jojo Moyes, Catherine Isaac's writing is enjoyably sweet and funny, as well as moving' Judy Finnegan 'Emotional and powerful - and also hugely enjoyable. It's a love story in every sense of the word' Claire Frost '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 'Too early for a book of the year? I don't think so! I ADORED You Me Everything. I lived it. I loved it. I will never, ever forget it' Linda's Book Bag 'A shimmering setting, a rekindled love and a looming tragedy ... I tore through it and loved it to the last word' Louise Candlish 'I laughed, I cried and I even cheered. I have a feeling You Me Everything will be the book everyone is talking about in 2018' Kate's Book Spot 'What a beautiful, heart-wrenching read' Rea's Book Reviews 'I'm in pieces; such a stunningly eloquent, heartfelt story. This will be the book everyone is talking about' Penny Parkes 'Fabulous, you are all in for a major treat' Milly Johnson 'One to watch out for' Book Angel
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 usSick 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 Chteau 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 Everythingis 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. 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Niemand wei, was in seinen Sternen steht. Und wurden wir es uberhaupt wissen wollen?Ein Sommer in der Dordogne. Der Duft von Lavendel, im Fluss schwimmen, Bordeaux trinken. Ein Traum - nur nicht fr Jess. Denn dort lebt Adam: der Mann, der ihr das Herz gebrochen hat, aber auch der Vater ihres Sohnes. Mittlerweile ist William zehn Jahre alt, und seinen Vater kennt er kaum. Adam hat sich in Frankreich ein neues Leben aufgebaut und fhrt das Chteau de Roussignol, ein Hotel, malerisch gelegen inmitten von Kiefernwldern. Mit diesem Urlaub erfllt Jess den Herzenswunsch ihrer Mutter. Sie ist berzeugt, Vater und Sohn mssen endlich eine Beziehung zueinander aufbauen. Und auch Jess kann davor nicht lnger die Augen verschlieen. Denn anders als die meisten Menschen hat sie bereits erfahren, was in ihren Sternen steht, und daher eine Mission: Vater und Sohn mssen sich ineinander verlieben, dafr hat sie einen Sommer lang Zeit. Doch auch ihre eigenen Gefhle fr Adam sind lngst nicht so abgeschlossen, wie sie dachte. Ein herzzerreiender Roman ber Liebe, Familie und Freundschaft und ein Pldoyer dafr, das Leben zu nehmen, wie es ist, und einfach glcklich zu sein