You and me, we have history
We have a child together.
We have kept secrets from each other for far too long.
This summer, in the beautiful hills of the Dordogne, it is time for everything to change.
It’s such a privilege this sunny May evening, to be closing the blog tour of one of the best books I’ve read this year – and that is no mean feat, as 2018 has just been an amazing year for books. You, Me Everything is a book that you’ll be seeing everywhere this Summer and if you’ve not got your holiday book-bag packed already, you should definitely make a space for this charming, touching and unforgettable read.
The gorgeous setting of this book in the beautiful Dordogne took me miles away from marking all these exam scripts this week and made me lose myself in daydreams of creamy stone buildings, fields full of lavender and sipping delicious French coffee on a terrace.
I really lost myself in the story of Jess and her son William as they head over to spend the summer with William’s absentee dad, Adam at Château de Roussignol, a grand castle that he has restored into a glamorous holiday resort. I felt like I could really transport myself to Adam’s chateau and wished that I was spending the summer there myself as we hear about its gorgeous grounds, splendid accommodation and mouthwatering breakfasts. Come to mention it, Adam himself sounded very tasty too…
As we read on, we discover that Adam has never been a dad to William, sending him baby toys when he’s far too old for them and seeming much more interested in his latest girlfriend than being really involved in his son’s life. Jess travels to France determined to nurture the father-son relationship without falling for handsome, carefree Adam herself – as she knows how that one ended last time.
Jess is a fabulous character, she definitely felt very real to me as she wrestled with the internal conflict of being pleased to see William and Adam’s relationship develop but being mightily pissed off that after years of being the only parent that’s been there for William, Adam has strolled in and is being hero-worshipped for a very minimal effort on his part. Jess struggles to be honest about the jealousy she is feeling – both of their developing relationship and of Adam’s latest trophy girlfriend who is years younger, effortlessly gorgeous and baggage-free.
This novel is perfect for readers who enjoy characters we can really connect with in emotional dilemmas that have us rooting for them. Jess is such a fabulous creation and we definitely feel for her as she struggles with these conflicting emotions as William grows closer to his dad after having him all to herself for all these years. William was also one of my absolute favourite child characters as he just springs off the page. He is a real joy to get to know as the book develops which makes the situation looming over him all the more compelling to read about.
Their long summer in France is sure to send you reaching for Tripadvisor to browse your next holiday destination as it sounds so lovely, but beware – there’s more to this trip than meets the eye and you’ll be up late turning the pages as soon as you realise that this trip to France might have more complex motives than Jess is initially prepared to admit. I won’t include any spoilers, but the fact that Jess and Adam are both hiding the truth from one another about very significant things makes this novel zip along at a cracking pace. The cast of ‘supporting characters’ are also very credible and definitely make the atmosphere at the chateau seem like a real-life holiday that we are watching unfold in front of our eyes
I think that this will definitely bring Jane Costello a whole new audience who are looking for a novel that will not only entertain them but make them think more deeply about their own relationships. Catherine Isaac has brought us a novel that asks us to consider the way that we talk to ourselves about the ‘truth’ when we might be hiding more than we are prepared to admit. I read this book in a single day in gorgeous Cettia and I’m so glad that I actually got the time to unwind and lose myself in this emotionally rewarding and thought-provoking read.
You, Me Everything is a moving and emotional story about how far we will go for love. Rights have sold in over twenty-two countries so make sure you read this one before the movie is released! I am so grateful to the lovely Jess Barratt & SJV aka BookMinx for inviting me on the tour, it’s been an absolute pleasure and I can’t stop recommending You, Me Everything to EVERYONE.
Here’s my sister upon my return from hols, clutching her book haul from me in total delight. You, Me Everything in pride of place and ready to rave about it to all her friends too. It’s definitely this summer’s must-read list so what are you waiting for?
Buy yourself a copy right now and be Summer-ready when it’s time to get a book in your case! It’s only Five Pounds for a gorgeous hardback right now – treat yourself!
Writer on the Shelf
Catherine Isaac was born in Liverpool, England. She studied History at the University of Liverpool, then Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, before beginning her career as trainee reporter at the Liverpool Echo.
She rose to the position of Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post and wrote her first book, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave, under the pseudonym Jane Costello. Her nine subsequent novels were all Sunday Times best-sellers in the UK.
You Me Everything is her first book 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.
You can also find Catherine here, on Facebook