‘You, Me, Everything’ is the first novel under the pseudonym Catherine Issac, however, although I have seen this book marketed as a ‘debut’ novel, the author has previously written as Jane Costello, therefore, I personally wouldn’t read this as a debut. However, this novel is starkly different to Issac’s previous work and therefore, the name change is understandable. This book was beautiful!
‘You, Me, Everything’ opens by introducing us to a host of main characters from this story, including Laura and her ten-year-old son William, along with his estranged father Adam. Laura’s mother, Susan, is extremely ill with a debilitating disease, and explains to Laura that one of her wishes was for William to have his father in his life, and that this bond was something he needed. Convinced by her mother’s wisdom, Laura sets off to France for the summer, along with William, where Laura intends to find Adam, and finally allow William to have a real father.
Firstly, this book is absolutely beautiful, the writing is emotional, raw and yet still humorous at times, making it an easy read, but still allowing the reader to connect with the characters and feel a deeper emotional impact from the story. The characterisation was phenomenal, in fact a major plus of this read was the focus on character development throughout, especially in Adam and Laura.
This story did involve romance, although not at the centre focus of the plot, and if I was categorising this as a romance novel, it would have to be very widely categorised. Moreover, this book is about parenthood, loss, hope, love and about relationships – including relationships between lovers, parents, children and families also. This is the kind of book that can make you both laugh out loud and shed many tears. I would highly reccomend this one to people looking for a new deeper, emotional read, and especially to readers who love a focus on characterisation over plot.
I am really looking forward to Catherine Issac’s next release and am excited and intrigued about the new direction of the author.
Plus, the final cover of ‘You, Me, Everything’ is just beautiful!
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