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Messy, Wonderful Us by Catherine Isaac #Review

Image result for messy wonderful us santa montefoireFrom Richard & Judy Book club author Catherine Isaac comes the emotional and uplifting story of love, loss, friendship and a letter that changes everything.

In late 1983, a letter arrives from Italy, containing secrets so unthinkable that it is hidden away, apparently forever. More than three decades later, it is found . . . by the last person who was ever supposed to see it.

When Allie opens an envelope in her grandmother’s house, it changes everything she knows about her family – and herself.

With the truth liable to hurt those she loves most, she hires a private detective to find out what happened to her late mother in the summer before Allie was born. Taking leave from her job as a research scientist, she is led to the sun-drenched shores of Lake Garda, accompanied by her best friend Ed.

But the secrets that emerge go far beyond anything they were expecting. Now, Allie must find the courage to confront her family’s tangled past and reshape her own future.


I adored You, Me, Everything and was unsure whether Isaac’s second book could be as good, but I was in for a treat!

I thought I knew what to expect after reading the synopsis but nothing prepared me for the emotional roller coaster! The descriptions of Italy were so perfect I felt I was there with Allie and Ed and I could feel the sun on me and taste the food and drink. I will definitely be booking a trip very soon!

Allie is a determined character, taught at an early age to shut her emotions away when she discovers a letter that throws everything up in the air. She decides to go to Italy to find out the truth with her best friend Ed and a beautiful, intricate and surprising story ensues.

I loved this book as I didn’t expect the path that Allie took and the last few pages seriously gave me chills.

Please, please read for a wonderful, emotional, but uplifting story.


About the Author

Why one writer decided to change her pen name: by Catherine IsaacCatherine Isaac was born in 1974 in Liverpool, England. She studied History at the University of Liverpool, before completing a postgraduate diploma in Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University. She began her career as graduate trainee at the Liverpool Echo.

At 27, she was appointed Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post and held the position for five years. She wrote her first book, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave and under the pseudonym Jane Costello.

She has since written nine books, all Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. You, Me, Everything is her first novel 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. Film rights to this novel have been optioned by Lionsgate, and foreign rights have sold around the world.

Messy, Wonderful Us is her latest novel.

You can find out more about Catherine, event she’s doing and her latest writings at https://www.catherine-isaac.com/ or say hi on twitter @CatherineIsaac_

This wonderful book was released in paperback this week!! So buy your own copy here.

Massive thanks to Simon & Schuster, Books & the City for sending me a copy of this book to read and huge thanks to you for reading!! Xxx


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