I consider myself equals parts Bibliophile and Francophile. I love books and I love all things French. So set a story at a chateau in the French countryside and I’m all in. When I discovered that the new book, You Me Everything by Catherine Issac was set during a five-week vacation in the French countryside, I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, that’s where my excitement for this story ended.
The story of Jess, her son William, and William’s estranged father, Adam, was a simple one. Things hadn’t worked out for the parents, William only seeing his father occasionally. Jess decides one summer to vacation for five weeks at Adam’s chateau to encourage the father-son relationship. However, there is a small twist. Jess’s mother is suffering from Huntington’s disease and even though very few people know it, (slight spoiler here) Jess has tested positive for the genetic marker for the same disease. If you’re already predicting what might happen between Adam and Jess, your prediction is probably correct.
I found this book to be a quick, easy read making it a good summer read. It’s a book that is easy to read by the pool or on the beach as it does not require deep focus to understand what is going on. I found the plot and the characters very predictable which was disappointing. Only halfway through I could already see what was coming for both the characters and their relationships. I hate it when that happens. I prefer a story that keeps me wondering what is going to happen next. Ultimately, this is romance novel. Even though it was predictable and didn’t excite me, the story was interesting enough for me to continue to read.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Viking for gifting me with an advanced reader’s copy for my honest review of this book. Featured image courtesy of Viking Books can be found here.
You Me Everything by Catherine Issac
Publish Date: May 1, 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Where I read it: here and there
Goodreads Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars