Messy, Wonderful Us – Catherine Issac.

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Back of the book :

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.


What I think : 

When Allie accidentally finds a letter hidden away in her grandmothers things she wonders what exactly she has found. I mean, this letter turns her life upside down, and all the things she thought about her family seem to be not quite true.

With her best friend Ed, who has been her friend since forever , well childhood anyway! They embark on a trip to Italy so see if she can make sense out of what she’s just found out. Allie’s grandmother is less than forthcoming about it and she’s ordered Allie not to ask her grandfather and dad, and of course her mum’s not around anyone as she died when Allie was a child. She feels that this is the best course of action. Ed could do with getting away because he’s got marriage troubles so off they both go to see if they can find out the truth.

However, when they get to Italy things don’t go quite to plan, will Ed ever be able to make his decision and will Allie ever find out the truth … ?

OMG !!! what a book !

I have had a copy of this brilliant book on my TBR since the start of February, when I went to the Simon & Schuster Spring Bloggers meet and was given it in my goody bag. I have been eyeing up ever since, wanting to read it. I loved Catherine’s first book ‘You Me Everything’ and couldn’t wait to get reading. Let me tell you it was well worth the wait !!

It takes you on such a roller coaster ride of emotion, with some really sad scenes and then some quite humorous ones, which makes it into a read that you really can’t put down right until the end. and of course it high-lights a really worthy and interesting subject Cystic Fibrosis research as well.

All of Catherine’s characters are always really well written and you can really relate to them all. I also like the way that she has the ability to describe the immediate surroundings and you feel like you’re really there.

All in all I loved this book and can wait for the next one !

I give this lovely book 10/10 (5 stars )

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Published by Simon & Schuster on 28/11/19.

The biggest Thank you to Sara-Jade from Simon & Schuster for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review.

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