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Messy, Wonderful Us

By: Catherine Isaac
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
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Publisher's Summary

From Richard & Judy Book club author Catherine Isaac comes the emotional and uplifting story of love, loss, friendship and a letter that changes everything.

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.

©2019 Catherine Isaac (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • 06-01-20

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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  • Mary
  • 10-01-22

Great book

Really enjoyed this book. I like long books and took a while to get through it as I dip in and out. The narration was excellent.

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  • C watson
  • 05-18-22

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-22

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
  • 12-17-21

Wonderful

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

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  • Jilly Ellard
  • 09-20-21

Amazing

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

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  • Mrs
  • 08-19-21

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
  • 07-21-21

A wonderful read

This story had me hooked from the off and kept me engaged the whole time.

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  • deborah mcentee
  • 03-28-21

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
  • 12-14-20

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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  • 06-17-20

wonderful book

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-20-20

fantastic

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

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  • Florence
  • 09-14-20

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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  • Linda D.
  • 08-24-22

Lovely

And awesome story I felt it could’ve gone on a bit further the ending was a bit abrupt!bI guess that leaves room for a second book I hope to see one soon

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  • natsarstedt
  • 06-25-21

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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  • Wendy Clarke
  • 05-30-21

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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  • Michelle
  • 03-23-21

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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  • Jussy
  • 03-02-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-21

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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  • Laura Pearce
  • 11-11-20

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.