Messy, Wonderful Us

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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.

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*** From the acclaimed author of You Me Everything, now optioned for film ***

‘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

‘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

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781471178047

Author

Isaac, Catherine

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Binding

Hardback

2 reviews for Messy, Wonderful Us

  1. Karen

    After seeing great reviews for this book, I treated myself to a copy.

    As the world has suddenly experienced major changes to our everyday lives, health and wellbeing, I needed to find a book to escape into and to reduce my anxiety levels. Well, this book was the perfect choice.

    I loved visiting Italy with Allie and discovering more about her family, friendships and work. I don’t want to say any more in case of spoilers – I enjoyed the subtle twists and turns in the story. A sign of a good book is that you don’t want to put it down, and this was one of those books for me.

    This is the first book I’ve read by Catherine Isaac and I look forward to reading more.

  2. Bob Pickett

    I am probably not the expected audience for this book (understand it is categorised as “Women’s Fiction” – I think it’s proper home is ‘Uplit’ [uplifting fiction), but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    Catherine Isaac writes such well-formed characters. Allie, the principal lead? I’ve met people like her. Tightly focussed, largely closed down to outside influences… but then life threw an unexpected curveball.

    From her Allie’s life becomes a journey into the unknown as she travels to Italy to unravel the truth, accompanied by best friend Ed – himself needing to take a break from life.

    As Allie and Dan’s journey unfolds, they are forced to ask questions about their lives, and missed opportunities.

    The historic backstory blends perfectly with the ongoing narrative. Some of the reveals from the backstory are so moving and again I have heard of people suffering similar experiences.

    The ending is well written and neatly avoids packaging up a perfect ending. Like everything else with this book it ties up neatly and satisfyingly, but avoids falling into the fairytale happy ending it could so easy have.

    Mixed in with Allie and Ed’s journey are details of Allie’s research into Cystic Fibrosis and the search for a cure. This is so well written, avoiding overwhelming the reader with science but giving a firm understanding of the disease (this is the second book involving CF I’ve read this year – the other being Five Feet Apart – and they’ve both been in my favourite book of the year list).

    Messy, Wonderful Us is a captivating story of secrets… and second chances

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