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You, Me, Everything By Catherine Isaac

You, Me, Everything‘You, Me, Everything’ is Catherine Isaac’s debut novel.

Sick of her boyfriend Adam’s lying and cheating, Laura throws him out only months after giving birth to their son. While she brings up William with the help of her mum, Susan, Adam moves to France to follow his dreams. But ten years on, Susan is battling a debilitating disease, aged just 53, and she convinces her daughter that William needs his father in his life. So, in their first trip abroad in years, Laura and ten-year-old William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, in the sunlit hills of the Dordogne, where Adam now lives. Laura is determined is to make Adam fall in love with his own son. But the problem isn’t only that he’s an unwilling participant in this game. It’s that Laura is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.

If you haven’t heard of Catherine Issac then I’m sure you’ve heard of her other writing name, Jane Costello. Jane has written nine novels, all filled with humour and charm that make for the perfect escapism read.

In her first book, writing as Catherine Issac, although there is the sharp injection of Jane’s humour, there is also a beautiful tenderness to this love story that made the book a struggle to put down.

In this story, we meet single mother Jess and her son, William who head off to France as Jess wants William to bond with his father. Even though, Adam broke Jess’s heart, she wants them to have a relationship and spend more time together despite the distance.

Jess isn’t entirely happy about this situation, but goes ahead with the plan, more so to keep her mother happy. Her mother, is terminally ill with Huntington’s disease, an illness that is rapidly taking over her body and one of her wishes, is that William has a relationship with his father.

The story is written in the first person and is seen solely through Jess’s narrative. She’s a kind hearted woman, who never really got over the heartbreak that Adam caused her and tries to hide her resentful feelings from William. Meanwhile, William is wildly curious about life and loves nothing more than sharing random facts. I loved the scenes with William and Jess, where they argued over ownership of the iPad and he battled with his occasionally embarrassing mother.

The main subject of the story is Jess’s mothers ongoing battle with Huntington’s Disease and regularly flashes back to when Jess was a teenager and her mother began to show symptoms of the illness. What’s terrifying to read is that in all the advancements in medicine and technology, there is no known cure for the illness and once contracted, the illness has a 50/50 chance of being passed onto a child. Catherine has thoroughly researched the illness and provides background information for those who have never heard of it.

To say that this story is beautifully written would be an understatement and it’s no surprise that it’s already being adapted for film.

It’s gentle, flows at a lovely pace and for every tearjerking moment, there’s a gentle joke to lighten the mood.

A story that stays with you long after you reached the final page, ‘You, Me, Everything’ is an enchanting tale about love, new beginnings and most importantly, hope.

You can pre-order You Me Everything from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th September 2018.

Book News – You, Me, Everything By Catherine Isaac

You, Me, EverythingCatherine Isaac has revealed the cover to her debut novel called ‘You, Me, Everything’ which excitedly is being adapted for film, even though it won’t be out until 2018.

But for people not in the know, Catherine Isaac is actually Jane Costello, who already has nine books under her belt.

What the back cover says:

Sick of her boyfriend Adam’s lying and cheating, Laura throws him out only months after giving birth to their son. While she brings up William with the help of her mum, Susan, Adam moves to France to follow his dreams.

But ten years on, Susan is battling a debilitating disease, aged just 53, and she convinces her daughter that William needs his father in his life. So, in their first trip abroad in years, Laura and ten-year-old William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, in the sunlit hills of the Dordogne, where Adam now lives.

Laura is determined is to make Adam fall in love with his own son. But the problem isn’t only that he’s an unwilling participant in this game. It’s that Laura is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.

With a beautiful cover and a heartbreaking synopsis, ‘You, Me, Everything’ sounds like a stunning story.

You can pre-order You Me Everything from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th September 2018.

Jane Costello Returns With A New Book And New Name

Jane CostelloWhen you think of Jane Costello, you think of fun and romantic stories with humour throughout, but after ten years of writing as Jane Costello, the Sunday Times bestselling author has decided to release a new book under the pseudonym of Catherine Isaac.

In 2017, Catherine Isaac will be coming to our bookshelves with her debut book,’You Me Everything’.

The story of ‘You Me Everything’ is –

Sick of her boyfriend Adam’s lying and cheating, Laura throws him out only months after giving birth to their son. While she brings up William with the help of her mum Susan, Adam moves to France to follow his dreams.

But ten years on, Susan is battling a debilitating disease, aged just 53, and she convinces her daughter that William needs his father in his life. So, in their first trip abroad in years, Laura and ten-year-old William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, in the sunlit hills of the Dordogne, where Adam now lives.

Laura is determined is to make Adam fall in love with his own son. But the problem isn’t only that he’s an unwilling participant in this game. It’s that Laura is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.

In a statement revealed on her website, Jane aka Catherine wrote about the exciting times surrounding the book, as it will be released around the world and even Holywood is interested in bringing it to the big screen.

For more updates on Catherine Isaac, check out www.janecostello.com

Jane Costello Reveals New Book – Summer Nights At The Moonlight Hotel

Summer Nights At The Moonlight HotelJane Costello recently revealed the cover to her 2016 novel called ‘Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel’ and it’s so pretty!

The story of ‘Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel’ is –

LEARN TO SALSA DANCE,’ the card in the shop window read. ‘Experience the red-hot vibes of Latin America right here in the Lake District. Beginners and singles welcome.’

Lauren Scott lives in ‘The most romantic place in Britain’, but her love life is about as successful as her mountain climbing skills. The man she’s obsessed over for two years has proposed to someone else – and her only solution is to save up for six months to go travelling, so she never has to set eyes on him again.

But when her friends sign her up for a dance class – in the same historic hotel where her beloved dad worked and her most precious childhood memories were formed – Lauren makes a horrifying discovery. It’s been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has depressing plans in store. Worse, the entrepreneur behind it all turns out to be among a group of guys her friend Cate roped in to join the very same salsa class they’ve signed up for….

‘Summer Nights At the Moonlight Hotel’ sounds like a great book to look forward to in 2016.

You can pre-order Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th March 2016.

Books And The City Spring Blogger Event

Books And The City Spring Blogger Event
Photographed from left to right: Myself with Milly Johnson, the wonderful Books and the City goodie bag, Iona Grey, me and Jane Costello and myself with Andy Jones

It was a bright and breezy St Patrick’s Day when I returned to London for the Books And The City Spring Blogger event kindly arranged by Sara-Jade Virtue and her team.

The event promised to be a treat packed with some of our favourite authors, cupcakes and of course books! I took my cousin along for the event and we were warmly greeted by Sara-Jade, our hostess of the evening.

Eagerly we took our seats which were already occupied with exciting goodie bags but before we had the chance to explore their contents, the event began.

With a welcome from Sara-Jade, we were introduced to the authors who would be hosting the evening. There was Jane Costello, Iona Grey, Milly Johnson, Andy Jones and Heidi Swain. All authors gave us a taster of their books and I was particularly amused by Andy Jones’ extract from ‘The Two Of Us’ a book that has already been readily moved up in the TBR pile. As well as the authors present, Books And The City, Claire Hey was on hand to field questions to the authors as well as answer questions from the floor about writing.

The tables were packed with books from the Books and the City authors but as I was travelling light, I only took a copy of ‘Still Alice’ by Lisa Genova as it was a book that caught my eye over the recent months.

We were then invited to chat to the authors for book signings and whilst that was going on, in another room there was an array of treats for us to get stuck into, I sampled a carrot cake cupcake made by Dawn Burnett it was simply divine and I enjoyed it immensely leaving a crumbly mess behind me.

With food consumed, I approached the authors and asked them all to sign the sample chapters book that was in the goodie bag. I met the charming Andy Jones, who’s book I have promised to read next, Iona Grey and Jane Costello posed for a photo and finally I met the lovely Milly Johnson, a bubbly character with a great sense of humour, it was great to finally meet the leader of #TeamMilly.

With our literary thirst quenched and our taste buds delighted with cupcake goodness, my cousin and I left but not before discovering what was hidden in our goodie bags.

The Books And the City team were certainly generous with their treats. In the bags, we found
Bookish and Proud of It notebook, it that will go perfectly with the same mug
Great British Summer Pudding chocolate bar
Teapots teabags
Packet of tissues
Kose Cell Radiance,
All the treats are the perfect accompaniment to the books that we all enjoy and will no doubt leave us in blubbering messes.

A huge thank you to the Books And The City team for organising a fabulous evening, which was most certainly worth the flight over.