I’d seen this book advertised on my journey to work and was very intrigued, even more so when I heard it had been selected for the Richard & Judy book club, from which I’ve found many a favourite read.  So I was very excited when I finally managed to lay my hands on a copy of this book, and I’m pleased to say not disappointed!

Jess and her boyfriend Adam split up a few months after their baby son William was born, following a series of events that showed Adam to be a womaniser who couldn’t make it to the birth of his own son and has spent the last few years lying about where he was that night.  But William is now 10 and Jess’ mum is very ill and it is her wish for William to have a relationship with his dad.  So this is how it comes to be that William and Jess are off to spend the summer at Adam’s Chateau in France.

From the first moment of being reunited it’s clear that despite the anger Jess has towards Adam there is very much a spark remaining between them, one which she spends a long time fighting against.  I don’t want to spoil the plot of this book too much so I won’t post any spoilers in this post other than to say the reason that Jess fights that spark so high isn’t just related to the past events with Adam.

All of the main characters in the book are instantly likeable and there are moments of joy and sorrow as the plot moves on.  There are parts near the end of the book where I was genuinely moved to tears.  It’s one of those books that does make you think about life and living every moment!  5 out of 5 stars!

You Me Everything Book Cover You Me Everything
Catherine Isaac
Simon & Schuster UK
26 July 2018
Paperback
448

Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château 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.

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