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My thoughts…

Some Kind of Wonderful was Catherine Isaac’s first book under her real name (usually writing under the name Jane Costello) and I fell in love with it. Nothing would ever amount to that incredible book but I was excited when Messy, Wonderful Us came out. It’s not a five star read – because it’s brilliant but not ‘as’ brilliant as her first book but it is a firm four stars and you will absolutely love it. It’s full of family, secrets, beautiful scenery and romance.

About the book…

What if loving someone means keeping a secret that will break your heart?

In late 1983, a letter arrives from Italy, containing secrets so unthinkable that it is hidden away, apparently forever. More than three decades later, it is found . . . by the last person who was ever supposed to see it.

When Allie opens an envelope in her grandmother’s house, it changes everything she knows about her family – and herself.

With the truth liable to hurt those she loves most, she hires a private detective to find out what happened to her late mother in the summer before Allie was born. Taking leave from her job as a research scientist, she is led to the sun-drenched shores of Lake Garda, accompanied by her best friend Ed. But the secrets that emerge go far beyond anything they were expecting. Now, Allie must find the courage to confront her family’s tangled past and reshape her own future.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication: March 5th 2020

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