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Summary

You never know what life will throw at you. 
You just need to know who to turn to for help.

One morning in early summer, a man and woman wait to board a flight to Italy. 

Allie has lived a careful, focused existence. But now she has unexpectedly taken leave from her job as an academic research scientist to fly to a place she only recently heard about in a letter. Her father, Joe, doesn’t know the reason for her trip, and Allie can’t bring herself to tell him that she’s flying to Italy to unpick the truth about what her mother did all those years ago.

Beside her is her best friend since schooldays, Ed. He has just shocked everyone with a sudden separation from his wife, Julia. Allie hopes that a break will help him open up.

But the secrets that emerge as the sun beats down on Lake Garda and Liguria don’t merely concern her family’s tangled past. And the two friends are forced to confront questions about their own lifelong relationship that are impossible to resolve.

The dazzling new novel from Richard & Judy book club author Catherine Isaac, Messy, Wonderful Us is a story about the transforming power of love, as one woman journeys to uncover the past and reshape her future. 

©2019 Catherine Isaac (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Caroline

Wow....I absolutely LOVED this book from beginning to end, brilliant, a must read. The narrator was fantastic and gave each character their own personality. As for the story it will stay with me for a long time, friendship is a powerful emotion.

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Something a bit different

Tear jerking romance and frienship stories across several generations. Love the way it's set in a detective style novel.

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A wonderful read

This story had me hooked from the off and kept me engaged the whole time.

Really enjoyable and well narrated.

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Amazing!

Such a lovely read. Even better that its written by a scouser, made me love it even more.

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Loved it

This was a lovely story I’m so glad I downloaded it the narrator was good and thought she suited the characters well. Will be downloading more from Catherine

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Great story, couldn't listen to the full thing

I absolutely loved this story but the narration ruined it, I couldn't listen past the halfway point. had to download and read instead

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brilliant story even better than her first book a

after reading me you everything I purchased this book hoping it would be as good .it was even better an exellent story and not pedicable