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It All Comes Down to This

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Great book. I enjoyed Reading it. The characters and plot were interesting life like and easy to connect with.

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This is a good character driven novel that centers around three sisters. I enjoyed the family dynamic that Fowler explores and the dysfunctional nature of it all kept me turning the pages

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Meet the Geller sisters: Beck, Claire, and Sophie, a trio of strong-minded women whose pragmatic mother, Marti, will be dying soon.

Beck, the eldest, is a freelance journalist whose marriage has long been devoid of passion, and she's recently begun to suspect that her husband, Paul, is hiding something from her. Though middle sister Claire is an accomplished pediatric cardiologist, her own heart is a mess, and her unrequited love for the wrong man is slowly destroying her. And while Sophie, the youngest, appears to have an Instagram-ready life of glamorous work and travel, her true existence is a cash-strapped house of cards that may fall at any moment.

But Marti’s will surprises them with its provision that the family’s summer cottage in Maine must be sold, the proceeds split equally between the three sisters. While there’s a ready buyer in C.J. Reynolds, he’s an ex-con with a complicated past and a tangled history with one of the women.

Choices and consequences, mistakes and misapprehensions, obligations and desires: before long, everyone in this cast of indelible characters will have to come to terms with the ways their lives have turned out differently than they expected, as well as the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other––and themselves.

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It All Comes Down to This is a story about the Geller sisters, Beck, Claire, and Sophie, in the aftermath of their mother’s death. The adult sisters learn of their mother’s wish that they sell the family’s summer cottage in Maine. Claire doesn’t mind and Sophie welcomes the influx of cash they’ll receive, but Beck is not happy. She doesn’t understand her mom’s reasoning and works to create a plan for how she can keep the cottage.

As Beck works through her plan, also wondering about the blasé state of her relationship with her husband and her long-paused pursuit of writing a novel, Sophie tries to keep calm as her funds and career plans continue to falter, and Claire grapples with feelings for someone who is definitely off limits. A familiar face resurfaces in Maine too, with plans for his own future.

I remember seeing mixed reviews when It All Comes Down to This was published a couple of years ago. While there is a progressing plot, it leans character-driven. Listening to the audiobook, narrated by Barrie Kreinik, enhanced my enjoyment of the story.

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As a cherished family summer home in Maine goes up for sale, love, lies, and buried truths resurface, prompting the Geller sisters to confront their personal struggles and secrets. Beck, Claire, and Sophie navigate their contrasting lives and desires while grappling with the loss of their mother, Marti, and the impending sale of their inheritance. Beck, a journalist, seeks solace in the cottage to pursue her writing dreams and escape her stagnant marriage, while Claire finds distraction from unrequited love and Sophie faces unexpected upheaval in her life. As secrets unravel and past connections resurface, Fowler's narrative delves into complex family dynamics and romantic entanglements, culminating in resolutions that offer closure and satisfaction for the characters.

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I’ve had a few Therese Anne Fowler books on my “to read” list but this was the first one I picked up. The narrative started out strong and sucked me in but I slowly started to lose some interest as I worked my way through the book. The characters were unique and well developed, I just struggled to connect with them personally. Ending was a little cliche too.

Not the book for me but I guarantee it’s the perfect book for someone out there.

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Thank you @netgalley for a couple of this book for my review. I loved this book! I enjoyed all the characters. The storyline was great. I love a story about a family and this book delivered. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a family drama and fun characters to read.

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This story is reminiscent of stories already told involving a dying parent with plans to reunite their children with plans in the will to sell a jointly owned inherited home. The story is different yet the same anticipated plot. The cast of characters here has the matriarch, Marti planning her funeral after her death from stage 4 lung cancer. Her husband Leo had already passed away at 66 years old. She has a secret, of course, which will only be disclosed after her death and the reunion of her 3 daughters.

Beck is an unhappily married freelance journalist married to Paul, an editor for 25 yrs with 2 adult children and a granddaughter. She has aspirations of writing a novel in the scenic Maine cottage. Claire is a pediatric cardiologist who is recently divorced but still holds a torch for an unrequited crush for years. Sophie is living the Instagram-ready life spending more money than she has to fit in with the glamorous, fashionable celebrities. She struggles to keep her IRS "irregularities" a secret. The Geller sister all seem to have drifted apart from each other and this reunion just adds stress to their already chaotic lives. They each have "secrets" or situations for which they feel embarrassed and try to present themselves as successful adults.

The façade is soon exposed when CJ Reynolds, a southern with a hidden past of his own, appears as the buyer of their family Mount Desert Island, Maine cottage. The sisters never expected their mother would want them to sell it when she died. It becomes more complicated when his relationship with one of the sisters is exposed. Again, the family need to share their secrets and lives in order to move forward and possibly reunite the family again.

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The Geller sisters Beck, Claire, and Sophie are facing significant life challenges in their personal lives when they must come together upon the death of their mother, Marti. Marti's will stipulates that they must sell the family's summer cottage in Maine, with the proceeds divided among the sisters.

What follows: family drama! sisters with secrets! a man with secrets! sisterhood!

It's all very complicated. But as the sisters confront their problems, the reader also gains insight into how all the pieces fit together by the conclusion. This wasn't my favorite Therese Anne Fowler book, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read her next book.

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I attempted this book but did not finish. I just could not attach myself to any of the characters, could not develop empathy for any of them. Very boring.

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I really enjoyed A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler, so I had high hopes for IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS. It’s such a different story than AGN and while I can’t say I loved it quite as much, I had a good time reading it. It follows 3 sisters, which is enough for me to really enjoy it already, as I am one of three sisters myself. It’s a very entertaining sibling group, let me tell you. The three sisters in this novel are no different. We follow them as they grapple with their messy lives and learn important lessons along the way. Highly recommend! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy!

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i found myself flipping through to get this book done. unfortunately there was just so much going on and i found it difficult to follow. not every storyline was interesting to me, and it seemed like the author tried to fit in too much.

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I have enjoyed other books by Fowler so I thought I would like this one. It was decent. Thanks for the review copy

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Another gem from this author. A slow burn, character driven family saga that I loved every page of. All three sisters: Beck, Claire, and Sophie all pulled me in and I liked each of them differently and for different reasons. Beck, the oldest, felt to me like the main character and as such I was most invested in her story. I felt so much like her - middle aged, feeling like you're so close to your dreams but constantly having to be the one to give it up for the benefit of everyone else, feeling suck, feeling like the universe is laughing at you ...
I oscillated between listening and reading this book and find myself preferring to read vs listen in the second half to give my full focus to the story and savor it as much as possible. I very much enjoyed this and would recommend for readers who enjoy slow burn character driven family drama novels and authors like Mary Beth Keane or Celeste Ng

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review another beautiful novel by this author. She's becoming an automatic read for me!

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This book started great but boy was it a slow burn. The storyline was okay. Overall it didn't hold my attention very well.

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Highly recommend this novel - with a fun surprising twist !will be recommending to others ! A new author to me - will def be planning to read more books by her .

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A mom is sick and has 3 daughters. This is their story. We get to know each daughter pretty well. I have daughters and wonder what their relationship will be when they are older so this book definitely spoke to me. Overall, I liked it but not as much as I had hoped.

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It All Comes Down to This takes place after the death of matriarch Marti Geller. The Geller sisters are directed to sell their “camp” in Maine. Beck Geller wants to keep the camp in the midst of her changing midlife. Dr. Claire Geller is fine with selling, she’s overwhelmed after her recent divorce. And Sophie Geller just needs the money.

Enter CJ Reynolds, looking for a fresh start, who is willing to buy the house and free the women from their ties to Maine.

I love a family drama. But this one just wasn’t working for me. Sophie and Claire were not in Maine and I think that’s why I didn’t connect with this family. It was so disconnected.

And there were secrets that, honestly, just did not interest me.

I did love the Maine setting. I loved the second chance, mid-life, renewal stories. But overall, I just wasn’t connected much to this story and found myself skimming towards the end.

Thank you to #netgalley and the publisher for tgecafbaced e-ARC of #itallcomesdowntothis..

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Family drama and a setting in Maine - two of my favorite things in a novel! In It All Comes Down to This, we meet Marti and her three daughters: Beck, Claire, and Sophie. As the book opens, Marti is dying. She’s been. sick for a while and has had time to fully arrange her affairs. Your heart will be sad as she goes through this transition.
Marti’s death and subsequent revelations push the sisters together and forces them to face their own personal challenges.
There were many emotional and relationship issues floating around in addition to what you might expect after the death of a parent. They weren’t all fully developed and doing so might have added to the depth of the book. Each of the sisters did have an interesting life on their own, but my favorite character was CJ Reynolds. He played the role of interloper - a Southerner who returns to Maine to settle down and rebuke his life. The relationship I found most genuine and fully portrayed was between CJ and Arlo.
Ms. Fowler always does a good job with developing interesting stories and characters and I look forward to her next novel. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s press for the opportunity to read It All Comes Down to This in exchange for an honest review.

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Marti Geller is dying. Her three daughters have all chosen wildly different paths, but Marti hopes her final wishes as outlined in her will brings them together. I liked Fowler’s previous book, A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, and expected this to be a story about family dysfunction. It was that, but I have to say it packed very little punch. There were secrets revealed, but the stakes felt so low and the plot moved so slowly that would-be dramatic revelations felt tepid at best. Simply put: this wasn’t emotionally messy enough to be interesting even though it really should have been since it’s ultimately about righting wrong decisions and creating the life you want.

Thanks to @stmartinspress for this ARC. Out now (and for the past year lol 🥴😆).

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