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Publisher's 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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wonderful book

it's a great book, wonderful voice work. I loved the detail of Italy. great characters, immersing story.

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fantastic

narrator was amazing, the effort put in to even convey phone calls. best Audiobook I've ever listened to!

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struggled to finish

I realised pretty early on I made a mistake downloading this one. Parts of it were OK but I really struggled to stay interested. Not a fan of this one. it may have been partly the genre just not my cup of tea.

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Don’t hesitate to enjoy this story

I can’t say enough good things about this title!
The story itself is so engaging, and the narrator is fab!
Absolutely loved it!!

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really enjoyed the listen ☺️

I really enjoyed the listen... fell like it finished a bit abruptly.... but overall was a good story

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Just couldn’t finish it

Really enjoyed it until the storyline became just too unbelievable and I couldn’t finish it. Will return it.

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A must read

This is one incredible book. It takes you on one of the most beautiful adventures. You will laugh, you will cry but it will leave you wanting more from this author. Kristen Atherton is a fabulous narrator, switching between the characters. I absolutely loved this book - 5 stars!

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Easy listening

A story that’s simple and easy to follow along. Excellent description of emotions both good and bad. Wonderfully read .

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Beautiful

Loved this story. Easy to listen to. Interesting. A few twists and turns. Took me a few chapters to get into it but well worth the listen. Great author.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the ride

So pleased that I chose this one for my holiday listen. A mesmerising story and written so eloquently. I listened for hours on end and felt like I was missing out when I had to take breaks.

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  • 01-06-2020

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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  • 18-05-2022

Disappointed

Very slow story …. Hours of uninteresting waffle then all the action (way, way too predictable) at the end. Waste of money … narration grating accent.

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  • 01-05-2022

Loved it!

Really enjoyed this read, and hearing the story unfold across different timelines.

It was an interesting storyline, and well-narrated.

Would recommend, and look forward to more by Catherine Isaac.

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  • Shoshana
  • 17-12-2021

Wonderful

Wonderful story. Exquisite descriptions, realistic characters. Exceptional narration/performance. Thank you. Will happily revisit time and again.

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  • Jilly Ellard
  • 20-09-2021

Amazing

wow wow wow this book is phenomenal such a roller coaster ride. fanatically narrated too.

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  • Mrs
  • 19-08-2021

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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  • Janice Williams
  • 21-07-2021

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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  • deborah mcentee
  • 28-03-2021

Amazing!

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

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  • Catherine macari
  • 14-12-2020

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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  • Catherine Martin
  • 27-11-2020

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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