You Me Everything
“Glass of chilled rosé, check. Comfy chair, check. Box of tissues, check. You Me Everything is everything you need for a moving, funny, heartbreaking, and ultimately joyous read.” --Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Map of the HeartSet in the French countryside on an idyllic summer vacation, a delicious, tender novel about finding joy and love even in the most unexpected places. 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. Lush gardens, a gorgeous pool, delectable French food, and a seemingly never-ending wine list—what’s not to like? Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam fall in love with his own son. But Adam has other ideas, and another girlfriend—and he doesn’t seem inclined to change the habits of a lifetime just because Jess and William have appeared on the scene. Jess isn’t surprised, but William—who has quickly come to idolize his father—wants nothing more than to spend time with him. But 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 heartwrenching and hopeful, 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.

You Me Everything Details

TitleYou Me Everything
Author
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
ISBN-139780735224537
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary

You Me Everything Review

  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Set in the French Countryside Sick of his lies, cheating ways and complete lack of interest in fatherhood, Jess left her boyfriend, Adam, only months after she gave birth to their son. Adam moved to France to follow his dream, unencumbered by a series relationship and a child he never wanted. Ten years later, Susan, Jess's mother, lies in a nursing home, battling a debilitating disease. Susan forces Jess to recognise that William needs his father in his life.Jess and William spend the summer at Set in the French Countryside Sick of his lies, cheating ways and complete lack of interest in fatherhood, Jess left her boyfriend, Adam, only months after she gave birth to their son. Adam moved to France to follow his dream, unencumbered by a series relationship and a child he never wanted. Ten years later, Susan, Jess's mother, lies in a nursing home, battling a debilitating disease. Susan forces Jess to recognise that William needs his father in his life.Jess and William spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol where Adam runs a beautiful hotel. She hopes that when Adam meets William, he will fall in love with his son. I did like this book, there was just something missing for me. I could not connect with the main characters. The devastating descriptions of the effects of Huntingtons Disease are very well written. Adams behaviour is a bit immature. I'm sure lots of readers will disagree with me and will really enjoy this book.I would like to thank NetGalley, Simon & Schuster UK and the author Catherine Isaac for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac is a story about family and relationships. Jess is trying to cope with being a single mum to her ten year old son. She is also trying to cope with the fact that her mother is suffering from Huntington disease. Jess takes her son on holiday to France so that he can spend some time getting to know his father. This trip will be a learning curve for everyone. I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest revie You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac is a story about family and relationships. Jess is trying to cope with being a single mum to her ten year old son. She is also trying to cope with the fact that her mother is suffering from Huntington disease. Jess takes her son on holiday to France so that he can spend some time getting to know his father. This trip will be a learning curve for everyone. I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kavita Kumar-Karthik
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for generously sharing the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review I chose to read this book because in the Advance praise section I had read,Oh wow. Just wow. If you liked Me Before You, you'll love You, Me, Everything. Heartbreakingly beautiful’Claire Mackintosh And I am a sucker for heartbreak !! But, I was left disappointed after this book. When the story began, I instantly liked it. I was looking forward to read all about the heartbr Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for generously sharing the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review I chose to read this book because in the Advance praise section I had read,Oh wow. Just wow. If you liked Me Before You, you'll love You, Me, Everything. Heartbreakingly beautiful’Claire Mackintosh And I am a sucker for heartbreak !! But, I was left disappointed after this book. When the story began, I instantly liked it. I was looking forward to read all about the heartbreak and pain ! I liked that Jess raised William single handedly. I loved Jess's family. Her ailing mother and her resilient father ! Their bond with William was so touching. It was heart-breaking to read about her mother's illness and how her father puts up a brave face in front of her ! In the beginning of the book, when Jess calls her mother during her labor and Adam is absent, and her mother says "I've been in the car park since midnight. I didn't want to get stuck in the traffic ." I fell in love with her !! And then we have Jess's dad, who is an accountant, who has taught the love of numbers to William and is more of a father to William than his biological father. Adorable !So far it's been good. The scenery now changes to France where Adam currently renovates and manages some chateau. Jess and William have come to visit Adam on request of her ailing mother. Cue, Adam !! Adam is like 30 going 17. He is annoying, self-centered and at times even uncaring, which pissed me off specially when he put his girl friend's wishes before his son's wishes. We also get to meet Jess's friends. We have Natasha, who is hot-bigshot-single-ready-to-mingle kinda woman and we have Becky who is married to her childhood sweetheart and has 3 children who drive her insane. Things start getting a little slow here onward. We get glimpses of problems in Becky's marriage and how Natasha is falling for a man younger than her, who BTW also has to compete with another self-obsessed man.Too much drama ! And not relevant to the plot at that !So, we get to see Adam taking some effort to spend more time with William. We have a jealous Simone (Adam's gf) who is trying to snag Adam's attention. Scenes where Adam lets down William and Jess has to make up lies to keep him from getting hurt are heart-breaking. Adam is still way to self-centered till this point. Enter, Charlie ! A very rich man who is living in the chateau and has eyes on Jess. She flirts with him and enjoys the attention. And then suddenly we have scenes where Adam is apparently disturbed with how close Jess is with Charlie ! Really ?? And to add to my woes, Jess is also reminiscing her golden days with Adam and her feelings for Adam are growing despite knowing his history. Seriously ? My mind cannot just accept that Adam now is willing to get together with Jess, so easily, after immediately dumping his current gf.. Everything feels so rushed !!All in all, I think Jess's mom and dad had more chemistry and heart breaking love than Jess-Adam! I just did not feel the pain or heart break when it came to Adam. Yah, he has agreed to keep up his marriage in sickness and in health, but it seems he has got it too easily. I agree that Adam and Jess's misunderstanding from the labor night, showed a sweet side to Adam. But, that simply did not negate his other problems and actions. And though he realized in the end that he could have fought and stayed to make their relationship work, the fact of the matter is he took the easy way out then !!! Why is he having it so easy now ??I wish Jess would have tried a relationship first with Adam, and not just jumped into marriage. I wish Adam could have overcome his insecurities and been a deserving father to William before they married. I wish Adam could have been included in the scenes of Jess's mom's final moments, something to assure us that he knows what he has signed up for.. It feels so incomplete !
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  • Sandie Bishop
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a brilliantly written, lovely book. Everyone: you HAVE to read this if it's the only one you read this year. Just make sure you have the tissues handy though as it WILL make you laugh and cry throughout its pages.
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    The one thing that definitely deserves to be mentioned first is how there are so many hard topics tackled in this novel. From illness to alcoholism to being a single parent to the pressure kids can have on a relationship - it's all there!And all those topics made this book that more amazing to read because they are incorporated in a real, genuine way that made my skin crawl at times. You can feel the hardships all characters are dealing with - purposely not mentioning names because spoilers, doh The one thing that definitely deserves to be mentioned first is how there are so many hard topics tackled in this novel. From illness to alcoholism to being a single parent to the pressure kids can have on a relationship - it's all there!And all those topics made this book that more amazing to read because they are incorporated in a real, genuine way that made my skin crawl at times. You can feel the hardships all characters are dealing with - purposely not mentioning names because spoilers, doh!I'm not even going to go further into the content of this story because I don't want to spoil a thing for you guys - except for this:One thing I had to laugh about but, more like a stupid laugh, was William - Laura's son - who's absolutely addicted to his mom's iPad. I feel like this is something a lot of parents struggle with. Trying to keep the kids away from constantly staring at a screen one way or another and that was shown pretty brilliantly in You, Me, Everything. I also really loved the short chapters - or at least they felt really short to me. I even jotted down that I was at chapter 37 when I was 33% in and that felt, to me, like I didn't even read that much but seeing the chapter number was... enlightening?And maybe I should mention how I totally did not know this novel is quite lengthy but I didn't even notice that at all while reading. I only found out about that afterwards!One thing that kind of annoyed me a bit, was Laura's naivety. She's a single parent, she brought William up all on her own - well, together with her parents - and yet she can still be so naive when it comes to certain things.. It did my head in at times. That's totally me and someone else reading You, Me, Everything might not be bothered by it at all though!4 / 5!Kathy
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  • Irena
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Oh My Heart! I just need to take a little breath before I write this review, because this book is just so incredibly gorgeous. It is such a beautiful book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I fell in love with all of the characters. I couldn't focus on anything else while I read this book, set in the beautiful Chateau de Roussignol, in the French countryside. It waa all consuming.It's a book about lost love, about paternal lov, about the love between mother and daughter, and the love that ru Oh My Heart! I just need to take a little breath before I write this review, because this book is just so incredibly gorgeous. It is such a beautiful book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I fell in love with all of the characters. I couldn't focus on anything else while I read this book, set in the beautiful Chateau de Roussignol, in the French countryside. It waa all consuming.It's a book about lost love, about paternal lov, about the love between mother and daughter, and the love that runs thriugh the veins of a family. It is a love story on so many different levels, and as you can probably tell, I loved it!The novel begins with Jess giving birth to William. A baby that Adam was unprepared for, and whom he left behind not long after the birth. It was Jess's mother and father who supported her for the fhrst ten years of William's life. Then fast forward ten years and we have the situation that is now. Jess wants her son to form a relationship with his father, and so she makes the decision to holiday in France, where Adam now lives and works.During Jess and William's summer vacation to reconnect with Adam, their lives will change forever. That is all I will say. I don't want to give anything away.This is such a delightful read. The writing is beautiful, lyrical and so very down to earth. The characters are real on the page, and Jess in particular completely resonated with me. I understood completely her motives for wanting her son to have a proper family, and to bond with his father. I alao had a soft spot for William. As a mum to two boys, aged 11 and nearly 10, his mannerisms, language and emotions really touched me. I just wanted to put my arms around this little boy and tell him that everything would be OK.I really did go through a whole range of emotions, while reading You Me Everything. This book is both heartbreaking, yet hopeful, romantic and practical. It's a book about the importance of family and how love evolves and is forever changing, but that it is always present. A beautiful story that I will read again and again. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, i loved the way the story was told and I loved Jess as a lead character. This books is exactly what it says it is, heartbreaking and hopefully all the same time. You will not want to put it down once you have picked it up because Jess is such a great character to spend time with, but also you will need to know what is going to happen next. As soon as I started reading this book, I felt like I just needed to settle in for the night because once I was there, there was no way I w I loved this book, i loved the way the story was told and I loved Jess as a lead character. This books is exactly what it says it is, heartbreaking and hopefully all the same time. You will not want to put it down once you have picked it up because Jess is such a great character to spend time with, but also you will need to know what is going to happen next. As soon as I started reading this book, I felt like I just needed to settle in for the night because once I was there, there was no way I was moving. I am deliberately not mentioning the story line here because I read this book completely unspoiled, to be honest I went into this book completely blind, I didn't even read the synopsis and I really enjoyed it because I didn't have a clue what was coming my way. I loved the setting, it reminded me of my year 8 trip to France, and the weather you get during the summer there, the feelings and the smells of that time of year. I also loved the structure of the book. There are flashbacks to Jess's past, far back in the past but also back to the recent past and this really helps you get to know her as a character, but also helps you continue to turn to the pages of the book hungrily, to find out what impact the past will have had on Jess's present!As I have already mentioned, Jess is a great main character for this novel. She is so easy to relate to and get along with because she has flaws. She is not perfect and we know that as soon as we meet her. I feel sure that, like me, you will love that about her and love this author for writing a flawed character who is just like you and me. She is a mum and, like most mums, she feels like she isn't doing a good enough job, but she is also a daughter, and like most of us too, she feels she isn't doing a good enough job at that too. She is a great character to tell this story and I really hope that you will fall in love with her too. This book is just lovely and once you pick it up you really will want to settle in, get to know Jess and go on this journey with her from start to finish. You will feel like you are in France with her and William and I guarantee you will end this book feeling incredibly hopeful and fulfilled. I loved it and I am sure you will too!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I had absolutely no idea when I picked up this book to read how emotional it would be! It is a real tear jerker so you will definitely need plenty of tissues when reading this!The main character Jess has been through so much and at parts of the book you just think it can't get any worse for her then it does and my heart just went out to her. She is an incredibility strong person that you instantly connect with.The thing I loved most about this book was that when I was reading it I had no idea ho I had absolutely no idea when I picked up this book to read how emotional it would be! It is a real tear jerker so you will definitely need plenty of tissues when reading this!The main character Jess has been through so much and at parts of the book you just think it can't get any worse for her then it does and my heart just went out to her. She is an incredibility strong person that you instantly connect with.The thing I loved most about this book was that when I was reading it I had no idea how it was going to end, even when I was reading that very last chapter.An absolutely beautiful and heart warming read!I can see this being the best book of 2018!
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  • booksofallkinds
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this book really got to me and it is a story that will not be easily forgotten. Jess and Adam fell in love but it wasn't enough to keep them together. Ten years later and at the request of her beloved mother who is fading away before their eyes, Jess is heading to France with her amazing ten-year-old son so that Adam can form a real bond with their child. And who wouldn't enjoy a few weeks in a lovely chateau in the beautiful French countryside? But with worries from home crowding in on her Oh, this book really got to me and it is a story that will not be easily forgotten. Jess and Adam fell in love but it wasn't enough to keep them together. Ten years later and at the request of her beloved mother who is fading away before their eyes, Jess is heading to France with her amazing ten-year-old son so that Adam can form a real bond with their child. And who wouldn't enjoy a few weeks in a lovely chateau in the beautiful French countryside? But with worries from home crowding in on her and strange feelings stirring between her and Adam, maybe this trip will bring the past and present hurtling together in unexpected ways ...YOU, ME, EVERYTHING by Catherine Isaac is such a wonderful story and I couldn't put it down. The characters are real, relatable, witty, and loveable, and they brought the story alive in ways that are hard to describe. The setting in France is stunning and you could easily imagine yourself relaxing there beside the pool. I loved Jess's friends and William is such a great little boy that you cannot help but love him. There were moments in this story when I laughed and definitely moments when I cried but the most important thing I took from YOU, ME, EVERYTHING is that life is for living - every second, every minute, every hour is precious and we should all appreciate and embrace that fact. YOU, ME, EVERYTHING by Catherine Isaac is a marvellous contemporary fiction novel and I highly recommend it!!
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  • Shaz Goodwin
    January 1, 1970
    http://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/2018/0...The first scene in the prologue when Jess is giving birth gives a very clear picture of Adam and where his loyalties lay. Then 10 years later, Jess and William are packing for their summer stay with Adam. While in the Dordogne, Jess reflects on her relationship with Adam before she fell pregnant which I must admit, made me feel ambivalent towards him. I didn’t want to like him but found myself as emotionally invested in him as I did with Jess and William! http://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/2018/0...The first scene in the prologue when Jess is giving birth gives a very clear picture of Adam and where his loyalties lay. Then 10 years later, Jess and William are packing for their summer stay with Adam. While in the Dordogne, Jess reflects on her relationship with Adam before she fell pregnant which I must admit, made me feel ambivalent towards him. I didn’t want to like him but found myself as emotionally invested in him as I did with Jess and William! It’s obvious Jess played it safe over those 10 years even with her mum and dad’s full support … I thoroughly enjoyed her being pushed out of her comfort zone on a canyoning trip (symbolising the changes that were to come I think). There’s a lot of warmth when friends arrive even though they have their own problems to sort out.There is a reason behind the need for Adam to get to know William and I thought I knew where the story was headed but I had no idea how the story would end (every page I lived in hope). I was determined to hold myself apart a little bit but it is such a powerful story, I had no chance. One thing explained so much and highlighted loyalty and strength of a different kind altogether, making me fall in love a little myself. One thing I wasn’t expecting was the joy …Sometimes it takes darkness to see how we shine.With misunderstandings and powerful secrets that will change lives, this is a story that will tie you up in knots. You, Me, Everything is a page turner. I found it difficult to put down and even when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about Jess. I’ll be the first in the queue for tickets when it’s released as a movie!I have to say I think this is going to be the most talked about novel of 2018, not because everyone will like it (after all reading is subjective) but because of the emotive topic. Grab yourself a copy and see for yourself.
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  • Linda Hill
    January 1, 1970
    A summer in France will bring more than a suntan for Jess, William and Adam.Pass me the thesaurus. I simply do not have adequate vocabulary to express how much I love You, Me, Everything. Let me be honest, it isn’t the most literary work of fiction I’ve ever read, it doesn’t have a heart thumping plot with visceral murder and psychologically challenged protagonists, but I absolutely adored every moment of being submersed in the lives of those in France. I truly believe it will be hard to beat Yo A summer in France will bring more than a suntan for Jess, William and Adam.Pass me the thesaurus. I simply do not have adequate vocabulary to express how much I love You, Me, Everything. Let me be honest, it isn’t the most literary work of fiction I’ve ever read, it doesn’t have a heart thumping plot with visceral murder and psychologically challenged protagonists, but I absolutely adored every moment of being submersed in the lives of those in France. I truly believe it will be hard to beat You, Me, Everything for my book of the year in 2018.What appeals to me so much is the natural style Catherine Isaac writes with. The direct speech is perfect so that it’s like listening in on real conversations. The descriptions of the area are so evocative that they appeal to all the senses and enable the reader to place themselves alongside the characters and experience exactly what they are experiencing. The general flow of the novel is seamless with the perfect blend of present and past events that gradually reveal all kinds of information. The plot too is wonderful. There are twists and revelations arising so genuinely that I found myself enraged, uplifted, devastated and touched in a rollercoaster of emotion. Underpinning it all is considerable humour too so that I found myself laughing aloud at times and smiling through tears at others.The themes too are utterly sublime. I can’t say anything about the major one as it will spoil the story for others, but let’s just say that Catherine Isaac has done her research meticulously and woven this strand into the plot with consummate skill. The exploration of love, relationships, parenthood, grief, friendship and identity make reading You, Me, Everything feel like sharing an experience in humanity and life. Not a single word is extraneous; every syllable contributes to the joy – and it is joy – of reading You, Me, Everything.The way the characters are presented is genius. I absolutely loathed Adam at the start and could quite happily have got in the car, driven to France and punched him. He evoked such strong feelings of hatred and indignation. However, Catherine Isaac ensures the reader has to adapt and adjust their feelings and I won’t say more than that! I really don’t like children and usually find their representation in books twee or unnatural but William was a triumph. Not only did I feel I could tolerate him – I actually wanted to meet him! But it is Jess who holds my heart. She is so vividly human that it is hard to accept she’s a character in a book and not a real person. Having finished the book, thinking about her can still reduce me to tears – and indeed I sobbed on the train reading You, Me, Everything.I didn’t read You, Me, Everything. I lived it. I loved it. I will never, ever forget it. I want to shout it from the rooftops that EVERYONE should read You, Me, Everything. It is, for me, quite perfect.
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  • Jeanniehay64
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this beautiful book which is guaranteed to pull at your heart strings!! It had me burning the midnight oil a sure sign of a fantastic read. Jess the main character who I s facing an uncertain future due to illness selflessly puts her own feelings aside to try to forge a relationship with her son and his father. Family relationships, love,seperation, illness and friendships are all beautifully explored . A emotional must read.
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  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    January 1, 1970
    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comOh.....I don't even know where to begin. How do you even review a book like this? I hadn't even reached the halfway point before my heart decided to start breaking. 'You Me Everything' is a story which managed to capture my heart almost straight away. As a single mum myself, it was pretty clear that I was going to side with the main character and relate to her point of view a lot more. Yes, I'll even admit that I was an All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comOh.....I don't even know where to begin. How do you even review a book like this? I hadn't even reached the halfway point before my heart decided to start breaking. 'You Me Everything' is a story which managed to capture my heart almost straight away. As a single mum myself, it was pretty clear that I was going to side with the main character and relate to her point of view a lot more. Yes, I'll even admit that I was annoyed with the father of the baby and marked his card straight away. However, as more heartbreaking topics came to light as the story progressed, my opinion of the father changed drastically because I was aware of the uncertain future that lay in front of them.I'm trying not to say too much about the storyline as I don't want to give anything away, but believe me when I say that 'You Me Everything' is extremely emotional. At first I thought the emotion was going to be because of Jess and her baby, William, but that really was just the tip of the iceberg. This book has one of the best blurbs I have ever read as it is so vague, yet it makes you wonder what on Earth is behind the front cover of the book. I was not expecting the complex storyline, colourful characters, or the heart-wrenching situations Jess and her family found themselves having to face. 'You Me Everything' makes you think about what you would do in Jess' situation. It makes you realise that life can change in the blink of an eye, pushing you to make decisions about things no parent should ever have to make. Jess knew deep down that she had to live in the moment and enjoy her life, but how could she when devastation could land on her doorstep at any moment? What would you do if you had to live in fear every single day, preparing your loved ones for things that nobody can actually prepare themselves for?Catherine Isaac has written her characters very, very cleverly, enabling her readers to become in tune with their own emotions and adjust their viewpoints towards certain characters without actually doing anything. The levels of friendship in this book isn't 'typical'. It's more than that. It's....real. The themes which run through the storyline are bold yet devastatingly beautiful, capturing the true essence of love, life, friendship and being a mum. At first the book is simple where the author gently eases us into Jess' life. As the storyline progresses, the author naturally brings another part of Jess' world to life, making me feel as though I wasn't just reading the book, I was also living it.My reaction to Catherine Isaac's, 'You Me Everything', was a reaction I wasn't prepared for. A reaction I never knew existed until then. Even though my heart was breaking, it took a long time for the tears to fall. I soon realised that my body was breaking with the shakes, feeling like an elephant was sitting on my chest, and a sense of loss, was my own way of reacting to the book - from the inside out. I was utterly broken, utterly devastated, yet full of hope due to the incredible and enchanting words my eyes devoured. I lost myself in William's discussions. I lost myself in Jess' emotion. I lost myself in every part of the storyline in a way that I will never, ever forget. Catherine Isaac talks to you via her characters, she brings them to life and showcases them in the most powerful way imaginable. If you're picking up this book to just 'read' then be prepared to live and love alongside it.Near the end of the book, I had to read several of the pages more than once as my eyes were pouring a waterfall of devastation, grief, passion, and hope.I lived the lives of Catherine Isaac's characters. I felt the love of Catherine Isaac's characters. I believed in the hope that Catherine Isaac's storyline covered me. This book is an unmissable, emotional, fulfilling, and untouchable novel which will hold your heart hostage in the most powerful way.There isn't just Jess, William or Adam - there is 'You Me Everything' and I will hold onto the power this book has given me for a very, very long time.
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  • Lili Marcus
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars...I REALLY love second chance Romance and I always mention that. So anyway, when I saw this on Netgalley.uk., I was excited to read it. But I wasn't expecting Adam to have a current girlfriend and FOR ME that was a big turn off. But to the good stuffs first. I love almost everything about this novel. I love Laura and how she managed to take care of her son, William, all these years and how her parents included in his son's life. Her parents are my favorite characters, seriously. Of cou 3.5 Stars...I REALLY love second chance Romance and I always mention that. So anyway, when I saw this on Netgalley.uk., I was excited to read it. But I wasn't expecting Adam to have a current girlfriend and FOR ME that was a big turn off. But to the good stuffs first. I love almost everything about this novel. I love Laura and how she managed to take care of her son, William, all these years and how her parents included in his son's life. Her parents are my favorite characters, seriously. Of course just next to William. :) :) I find the story heartbreaking and funny at the same time. I can say this is a story with a heart. It was also incredibly well-written. I know I mentioned a little complain about something in this book, still the author's talent in writing is apparent. Not everyone can create such heartfelt story.Now my only complain is Adam. I hate it that he has a jealous girlfriend and that said situation played a big part on Adam's development as a character. Oh wait. There was no development on Adam's character. None at all. He was as immature as he was ten years ago. Just a question, what if Laura and William didn't come to Paris? would he even have the guts to be a father to his son. I hate him. And the fact that Laura accepted him easily at the end doesn't help. Though I enjoyed reading this because of the other characters, I felt like I've tasted some bitter fruit when I reached the end. This book simply isn't for me. Having a third wheel, a jealous freaking third wheel, and an immature hero, are big no for me. Yeah I gave it 3.5 stars because I'm trying to be professional. Though my review is my own, still I can't review a book mainly because of my emotion. There are other aspects to be considered.#I thank Netgalley and the Publishers for providing me an e-copy.
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  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not quite sure exactly what I expected from this novel, but I got so much more than I ever thought. It will leave you worn out, exhausted - and desperately sorry that you've reached the final page.This is usually where I give a brief outline of the book - without giving away more than the synopsis alludes to, but this time I don't want to expand on the blurb one little bit. This is a book about happiness, friendship, children, relationships, family, secrets and love. It begins as such a ligh I'm not quite sure exactly what I expected from this novel, but I got so much more than I ever thought. It will leave you worn out, exhausted - and desperately sorry that you've reached the final page.This is usually where I give a brief outline of the book - without giving away more than the synopsis alludes to, but this time I don't want to expand on the blurb one little bit. This is a book about happiness, friendship, children, relationships, family, secrets and love. It begins as such a light read and along the way morphs into something very emotional and heart-wrenching. I've laughed, smiled and had tears in my eyes reading this one. Do I regret reading it? Not at all .. I'm only sorry that I'm not just beginning it right now. You Me Everything is one AWESOME read, and a story which will stay with me for a long, long time. I was delighted to read in the acknowledgements that the film rights have been optioned. This is one movie I definitely want to watch!My grateful thanks to publishers Simon & Schuster UK for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    thank you Netgalley for providing me with this book.Ik vond dit echt een prachtig boek, het einde heeft me echt verdrietig en tegelijkertijd blij achtergelaten. Het is heel mooi geschreven, over de liefde en over het leven. Ik weet dat meerdere boeken hier over gaan maar niet iedereen kan het pakkend schrijven en het ook mooi neerzetten. Het verhaal leest ook als een trein met de kleine hoofdstukken en de makkelijke schrijfstijl.
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  • Saarah Niña
    January 1, 1970
    Underwhelming This book fell a little short for me. Just, underwhelming considering I thought it might be like Jojo Moyes' Me Before You or just Moyes' writing. The only comparison? It's a love story. And, one I didn't enjoy very much. Nor, did I like the way the book was written- it was unnatural. The reader was told too much too soon. There was no anticipation, until near the end but everything else was immediately put out there. I had no curiosity for the story being told and so, it wasn't n Underwhelming This book fell a little short for me. Just, underwhelming considering I thought it might be like Jojo Moyes' Me Before You or just Moyes' writing. The only comparison? It's a love story. And, one I didn't enjoy very much. Nor, did I like the way the book was written- it was unnatural. The reader was told too much too soon. There was no anticipation, until near the end but everything else was immediately put out there. I had no curiosity for the story being told and so, it wasn't nearly as gripping as it could have been. This was also because the reader wasn't really given an opportunity to warm up to any of the characters, or connect with them.This is a story about a love surviving against the odds. Jessica is a new mother, her boyfriend Adam failed to witness their first child's birth. He wasn't there when she needed him. Their relationship falls apart shortly after. Jessica's mother was there, Jess has come to rely on her, appreciate her more. Shortly after, her mother is diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. Ten Years Later: Jessica thinks she ought to reignite the relationship between her son and his father, for practical reasons. They're going to spend a holiday together. Things have changed: Adam has a girlfriend and his life is in France. In short: he's unavailable. But for how long?This is a heart warming story, I sympathised completely with the family but where the author was striving to be funny, or make light of situations it didn't work. This story was much too serious for my taste. I also didn't like the choice Jess ultimately made, it didn't feel fully justified and it seemed like it was based on their intimacy. But begrudgingly, I could understand her desire to reunite her son with his father. It suggested responsibility but doing what she ultimately did felt out of character. It was unexplained, but the author knows the characters better. Also disagree with the sentiment 'When you are surrounded by love, you have nothing to fear.' The book itself disagrees, you are fearful of heartbreak, loss, fate. The sentiment almost tempts fate, something I fiercely despise. I found a lot of the dialogue was guilty of the same crime. Telling someone it will all be okay, that they will have a good life- when life is by nature uncertain- is high on my list of pet-peeves.Side note: the cover is rather genius. I received this book through NetGalley.
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  • Julie Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Single Mum Jess doesn’t just have to worry about her 10 year old son William growing up without his Dad but also her Mum who is in the latter stages of living with Huntingdon’s Disease and her Dad who is caring for her. Urged by her Mum, Jess travels to France for a holiday to reunite William with his Dad Adam. Jess doesn’t think for one minute that Adam will change his ways to become the Dad she wants and needs for William. William adores his Father and circumstances arise that takes Jess by co Single Mum Jess doesn’t just have to worry about her 10 year old son William growing up without his Dad but also her Mum who is in the latter stages of living with Huntingdon’s Disease and her Dad who is caring for her. Urged by her Mum, Jess travels to France for a holiday to reunite William with his Dad Adam. Jess doesn’t think for one minute that Adam will change his ways to become the Dad she wants and needs for William. William adores his Father and circumstances arise that takes Jess by complete surprise.You, Me, Everything is a lovely story that had me laughing and in tears. It is a tale of family, friendships, heartache and the unknown. I enjoyed being transported to France with the characters during their summer break and felt a warm connection with most of them.I have read and thoroughly enjoyed books written by this author but under the name of Jane Costello and I am happy to say that Catherine Isaac’s story telling is just a good. A well-deserved 5 star rating.My thanks to Net Galley for the digital ARC, these are my own thoughts for this review.
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  • Kate’s Book Spot
    January 1, 1970
    I received this very special signed proof a while ago and have been looking forward to it ever since. Written by Catherine Isaac, who is also known as Jane Costello (a favourite of mine), I already knew this would be a pretty standout read.An eventful prologue set the scene for a warm and witty story that sparked a whole range of emotions within me. Not all of the characters were completely likeable to begin with. Adam was very much being painted as the bad guy and I wondered if he really was th I received this very special signed proof a while ago and have been looking forward to it ever since. Written by Catherine Isaac, who is also known as Jane Costello (a favourite of mine), I already knew this would be a pretty standout read.An eventful prologue set the scene for a warm and witty story that sparked a whole range of emotions within me. Not all of the characters were completely likeable to begin with. Adam was very much being painted as the bad guy and I wondered if he really was that awful or if there was more to his story. I guess I wanted to like him so I was hoping for the best.The storyline covered slices of parenthood that many will be familiar with, a devastating illness that has the ability to affect an entire family, long-held secrets and misunderstandings and relationships past and present. This powerful combination held my interest throughout and even had me thinking of the characters when I wasn’t reading.I laughed, I cried and I even cheered, I have a feeling You, Me, Everything will be the book everyone’s talking about in 2018!
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  • Paula Sealey
    January 1, 1970
    Single mum Jess has travelled to the Dordogne with her young son William so he can spend time with his father, Adam, who lives there. Having only sporadic contact with him in the past since their relationship broke down when William was a baby, Jess is determined father and son bond...and her urgent reasons become clear as the story progresses.Although very readable, I didn't feel that emotional pull that other books in this genre have managed to achieve. The characters are good, and the sadness Single mum Jess has travelled to the Dordogne with her young son William so he can spend time with his father, Adam, who lives there. Having only sporadic contact with him in the past since their relationship broke down when William was a baby, Jess is determined father and son bond...and her urgent reasons become clear as the story progresses.Although very readable, I didn't feel that emotional pull that other books in this genre have managed to achieve. The characters are good, and the sadness of the debilitating disease affecting their family was well described, I just didn't feel enough of a connection to Jess for this to be a heart wrenching story for me.I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Vicki Bowles
    January 1, 1970
    review to follow closer to publication.
  • Ruby
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review: http://readingruby.co.uk/book-review-...'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 ho Full Review: http://readingruby.co.uk/book-review-...'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!I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    A bittersweet love story with an exotic setting. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
  • MetLineReader
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet book but a little bland in places.I enjoyed the relationships between Jess and her parents and those of Jess with her friends. Sadly I found Adam lacking in depth and reality... and William was a little one dimensional for a ten year old boy.I found the first part of the book rather slow. The scenes set in France were warm and friendly but I found them a little too detailed and then rather unrealistic in terms of pacing and progress.Whilst this was a fun story in places, there were hidde A sweet book but a little bland in places.I enjoyed the relationships between Jess and her parents and those of Jess with her friends. Sadly I found Adam lacking in depth and reality... and William was a little one dimensional for a ten year old boy.I found the first part of the book rather slow. The scenes set in France were warm and friendly but I found them a little too detailed and then rather unrealistic in terms of pacing and progress.Whilst this was a fun story in places, there were hidden depths and the insights into Huntingdon’s Disease were useful. Sadly there was something lacking in the book which meant it didn’t quite live up to its blurb or the praise which had appealed to me. I can see this book becoming a successful film and on completion I discovered that the film rights have been sold. 3*
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  • Candy
    January 1, 1970
    What a really lovely book, I loved this gorgeous read and give it 10/10
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    You Me Everything is a story of compassion, building relationships and finding happiness. I found this a book where you just keep turning the pages as you want to know what happens next.The story helps raise awareness for Huntingtons Disease providing a very real reflection of how it affects those who have it and the genetics behind it.I found this story an upbeat story about rediscovery, finding happiness and building relationships. It makes you laugh and it pulls on the heart strings and leave You Me Everything is a story of compassion, building relationships and finding happiness. I found this a book where you just keep turning the pages as you want to know what happens next.The story helps raise awareness for Huntingtons Disease providing a very real reflection of how it affects those who have it and the genetics behind it.I found this story an upbeat story about rediscovery, finding happiness and building relationships. It makes you laugh and it pulls on the heart strings and leaves you with a warm fuzzy glow, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it a brilliant story.
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  • Julie Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Single Mum Jess doesn’t just have to worry about her 10 year old son William growing up without his Dad but also her Mum who is in the latter stages of living with Huntingdon’s Disease and her Dad who is caring for her. Urged by her Mum, Jess travels to France for a holiday to reunite William with his Dad Adam. Jess doesn’t think for one minute that Adam will change his ways to become the Dad she wants and needs for William. William adores his Father and circumstances arise that takes Jess by c Single Mum Jess doesn’t just have to worry about her 10 year old son William growing up without his Dad but also her Mum who is in the latter stages of living with Huntingdon’s Disease and her Dad who is caring for her. Urged by her Mum, Jess travels to France for a holiday to reunite William with his Dad Adam. Jess doesn’t think for one minute that Adam will change his ways to become the Dad she wants and needs for William. William adores his Father and circumstances arise that takes Jess by complete surprise.You, Me, Everything is a lovely story that had me laughing and in tears. It is a tale of family, friendships, heartache and the unknown. I enjoyed being transported to France with the characters during their summer break and felt a warm connection with most of them.I have read and thoroughly enjoyed books written by this author but under the name of Jane Costello and I am happy to say that Catherine Isaac’s story telling is just a good. A well-deserved 5 star rating.My thanks to Net Galley for the digital ARC, these are my own thoughts for this review.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a five star for me, with everything from a summer vacation in the Dodogne, to complicated family relationships, friendship and so much more. Jessica is raising her son, William, alone when her boyfriend Adam leaves Manchester for France after a falling out. Jess’ mother encourages her to spend the summer with Adam so William can get to know him. There is a reason behind this , but no spoilers, suffice it to say this is a heartwarming and moving book that was hard to put down.
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