Book review

You Me Everything by Catherine Issac #bookreview

Hello lovely readers, I have a story for you today which is about love; clichéd! Yes but sometimes even clichés surprise us, just like this story which restores faith in love. So, read what I thought, maybe get the book if you like my thoughts on it, it released today and Happy Reading.

Book

Title – You Me Everything

Author – Catherine Issac

Publisher – Simon & Schuster UK

Published – April 2018

Set in – England and France

Profession of lead characters – Teacher and Hotel owner

Rating – 4.5/5

Story

Blurb as on Goodreads

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

So, Laura and ten-year-old William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne, where Adam runs a beautiful hotel. There, Laura 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

My thoughts

Laura and Adam are in love, they start a life together, dream of the future, make plans and accidentally a baby too. Yes, from new love, dreams and hope of future to an unplanned responsibility, life takes a turn for the young couple. And not in the right direction, love turns ugly and everything they had and wanted turns sour enough for them to go their separate ways.

Since this is fiction, our lovebirds get a second chance courtesy a parent’s dying wish. A decade later Laura has made a life for her and William, her 10 year old without Adam with help from her parents. So when her mother wishes to see William and Adam have some kind of relationship she sends them packing to his beautiful hotel in the French countryside.

While on holiday Laura hopes for a relaxing time for herself and wants William to bond with Adam. Being together after a decade brings an underlying complexity to their time together. Laura is constantly worrying about her mothers illness and how it might effect her.

The holiday makes Laura and Adam sort out what was, is and might be between them. Slowly past love, hurt, betrayals and everything in between comes forth. Together they fall into a rhythm, get to know each other again, resolve past hurts, and just when things seem to look okay it all dips again.

There are ups and downs and the story portrays all the good and ugly nooks and crannies of a relationship. What’s interesting to make this a heartbreaking and restoring story is how love surprises us. It shows how Love can be magical, it’s generosity and ability to awe us.

Read this story to experience the magnanimity of this strong yet vulnerable emotion we all are surrounded by – Love.

Author

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.

Reviewed by Bharti

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