I’ve been meaning to read The Truth About You, Me and Us by Kate Field for simply ages and on my recent (curtailed early because of Typhoon Mangkhut) holiday I finally got to it. I’m so glad I did and am delighted to share my review today – especially as it is publication week for Kate’s latest book The Winter That Made Us and I hadn’t been able to participate in that tour as I was expecting to be away.
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The Truth About You, Me and Us
Five years ago Helen Walters walked out on her ‘perfect’ life with the ‘perfect’ man. Wealthy, glamorous and bored, she longed for something more.
Now a talented artist with a small business, Helen creates crazy patchwork crafts to support her young daughter, Megan. Penniless, content and single, she is almost unrecognisable.
But when her past unexpectedly collides with her new life, Helen finds herself torn. She knows what the easiest choice is, but is it what she wants?
My Review of The Truth About You, Me and Us
When Helen thinks she sees Daniel, her perfect man from five years previously, little does she realise what life has in store.
Oh, I just loved The Truth About You, Me and Us. I kept asking myself why I hadn’t read Kate Field before and wondering why she hasn’t yet reached the stellar heights of huge household names because if The Truth About You, Me and Us is anything to go by she deserves her place amongst the very best. I thought this story was utterly delightful and a perfect example of truly romantic women’s fiction. There’s such an ease in Kate Field’s style that reading her work is like touching silk or satin. It’s smooth, high quality and oh so satisfying.
I thought the plot was deftly constructed and completely tantalising. I was desperate for Helen to find happiness and I certainly had a personal preference between the two male protagonists as possible partners for her. I really appreciated the way in which Kate Field wove themes of relationships, trust, secrets and loyalty into her narrative so that she kept me guessing how the story could be resolved. I also adored the way the narrative was constructed so that Helen’s past was gradually revealed without recourse to time slip in an incredibly skilled way.
I have mentioned before that I’m not keen on children and frequently find their depiction contrived in fiction, but Megan was perfectly created. The catalyst for so much of the action, she felt realistic and important without dominating. Helen too felt real, warm and vivid so that I was on her side from the very first sentence to the final full stop. But for me it was Daniel and Joel who really took centre stage and I actually forgot that they are not real men so that I thought about them when I wasn’t reading The Truth About You, Me and Us and I had several things I wanted to say to both of them to help life along for Helen. I think it takes a highly skilled writer to convince a reader they are witnessing real life.
The Truth About You, Me and Us is completely wonderful. It’s difficult not to sound clichéd but I found it heart warming, romantic, and, cleverly, equally realistic and escapist so that it is perfectly balanced and the kind of novel I want to return to time after time. The Truth About You, Me and Us made me happy and gladdened my heart and what could be better than that? It’s a gorgeous read and I recommend you add it to your reading pile immediately!
About Kate Field
Kate Field lives in Lancashire with her husband, daughter and cat. Her debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.