My summer reading list this year has included some seriously hard hitting books. I wanted to lighten things up, so this week I’m bringing you three great beach reads! So pack your bags with these three books, and get ready to be drawn in to the drama!
Author: Catherine Isaac
Published: May 1, 2018
Genre: General Fiction
FLW Rating: 3.5/5
Tell me this: what sounds more like a vacation read than reading about a mother and son on vacation in the French countryside? Not much, right? Trust me, this story has a lot more depth than the beautiful cover would lead you to believe, but the airy setting definitely adds to the atmosphere and keeps the plot light and beachy!
You Me Everything tells the story of Jess and her son, William’s, vacation in France at a resort owned by Alex – Jess’s ex-boyfriend and William’s dad. The book opens on the night of Williams birth, when Alex is mysteriously missing, and then skips ahead 10 years to a time when Jess is trying to reunify the father and son for all of their best interests. This story has components of love, friendship, and family and makes for a good quick read that will give you a sense of the importance of those relationships in your life.
What gave this book some depth was the condition of Jess’s mom. Jess’s mom has a rare disease called Huntington’s Disease which is kind of like ALS, but actually a whole lot worse. Between Jess coping with seeing her mom in that condition, to wondering about the genetic effects on her life, a lot of the focus of the book was spent on discussing life with a chronic illness.
I truly enjoyed reading this story and thought the plot had just enough twists to keep it interesting, without putting my emotions through the wringer. The best word to describe the plot is comfortable, which is great for a beach read. To me, the best part of this book was watching the relationships unfold – I loved watching Jess and Adam reconnect, and also seeing Adam build his relationship with William.
Overall, this book was exactly what I needed it to be – a quick and relatively light book with love, romance, friendship, and family. While the writing was nothing to write home about, I don’t have any real criticisms about it. As I was reading it, someone messaged me on bookstagram and said that this book was “fine but not memorable”, and a few weeks later I would say that sounds about right!