Set in the French countryside over one hot summer, You Me Everything is a tender novel about finding joy and love even in the most unexpected places.
Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend and William’s father, Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam connect with his own son. Jess can’t allow Adam to let their son down because she is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.
By turns life-affirming, heart-wrenching and joyful, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman’s fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has and never let go, and a romantic story as heady as a crisp Sancerre on a summer day.
This book was way more than I ever expected. Its a hard review to write as there is so much I want to say but fear it would be a spoiler for others as I had no clue at the direction this story would go in and what an emotional roller coaster of a read it would end up being. It’s one though where the characters are going to stay with me for a long time to come.
It’s hard not to get caught up in the fabulous setting in France where the author whisks us off to along with single mum Jess and her son William. What I loved is that things seem pretty straight forward in Jess’ life when we first meet her but as the story goes on, we find out more about her and her family. The story really played on my heart strings and had me ponder all the what if’s.
Jess has some great friends around her in Natalie and Becky. I so enjoyed reading of the closeness that these women have and how each woman is quite different in personality. The thought of going away and having these type of people with you made it feel so homely. Adam to start with comes across as a bit of a jerk, well quite a big one but for me he more than redeems himself and I was slightly, okay a lot in love with him by the end.
You Me Everything is a story with all the feels. I was swept away with the authors writing who had me fully engrossed and it was a novel that I didn’t want to end. I loved it for so many reasons but mainly because it made me feel a heap of emotions. At one point I hadn’t even realised I was crying until the tears started dropping on my Kindle. It’s very much a bitter sweet read. To know exactly what I mean, you really do need to read this gorgeous book for yourself. A book that deserves way more than 5 stars.