Title: You Me Everything
Author: Catherine Isaac
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Romance, family
Is this part of a series? No.
Publish Date: May 1st, 2018
Jess has a lot on her plate. Her mother is slowly fading due to Huntington’s disease and the one thing she wants is for Jess’ son, William, to have a real relationship with his father Adam. After they broke up when William was a baby Jess was… less than encouraging. That didn’t mean he had to move to France! Still, knowing what may be in her own future she understands that her mother may have a point.
Jess and 10 year old William set off for Chateau de Roussignol, the restored castle-cum-hotel that Adam owns. With friends coming along later as back-up, she has just one thing on her mind this summer- make Adam fall in love with William. There’s gorgeous countryside, wonderful food and wine, good friends- it should be great right? There’s also the current girlfriend, the fact that Adam has a bit of trouble prioritizing William, a dwindling marriage and too many suitors; and you’ve got yourself a bit if a situation.
I am in love with this book. It was sweet and charming, heartbreaking at times and hilarious in others. I loved the dynamics between Jess and her girlfriends, and the crazed but most likely honest portrayal to the married couple- Becky and Seb- against two boys and a toddler. Most of all, I loved William with his odd (sometimes macabre) facts and complete addiction to the I PAD. It is absolutely impossible to not fall madly in love with Jess and crew. Natasha is another character I love- funny, kind, hard working and ready to settle down. She finds a man that checks all her requirements. Forget the fact that funny, gorgeous, and intelligent Ben is also interested. Then… there are Jess’ parents. I adored her mother in all of the flashbacks, and I loved the woman struggling with a life threatening disease that could still be strong and, let’s face it, damn funny. Her father was a loving man with a past that was less than perfect. I loved that each character had their own issues.
Adam was a hard sell for me… I hated the Peter Pan vibe I got off him. I hated that he didn’t try harder to be there for William. More than anything I hated flash-back Adam. It didn’t help that he had a girl friend and was obviously interested in Jess again. There was also the fact that he allowed Simone to take priority over William at least once. Toward the end, I got more insight into past- Adam; but it just didn’t save him for me.
The plot was good and the story line had a good flow. I loved the book in it’s entirety! For me it was a five star book.
On the adult content scale, there was a lot of language- some of it sexual. There was sexual content as well, but not too graphic. Oh, and there was booze. Lots of booze. I think this one, while mostly tame, was definitely geared toward adults.
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. My thanks. *Side note, if you haven’t checked these guys out, you definitely should.*
The book comes out 5-01-18! Be ready!
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