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It All Comes Down to This

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This book was not for me. I forced myself to finish it for the NetGalley review. I found the characters all unlikeable, especially Beck. Beck was very selfish and I could not root for her at all during this book. <spoiler> I strongly disliked the storyline of Beck’s husband and sister being in love with one another. <spoiler> I felt like Sophie was 25 years old, the way she was living her life, instead of 38! I love a family drama and really wanted to like this book.

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It All Comes Down to This is one of my favorite types of books. I love a good family drama and this one delivered. Looking forward to more from this author.

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It All Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler is a gripping novel that explores the bonds of sisterhood, the power of secrets, and the role of marriage in the lives of women. Sisters Beck, Claire, and Sophie have unique personalities that come to bear on the pages, and seeing how their lives are impacted by their mother's death (CW: cancer) provides for a captivating story.

Many thanks to the author, publish, and NetGalley for sharing this book with me. All thoughts are my own.

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This was an excellent, 5 star read about family and the messy, glorious complexities they contain. I enjoyed every word of this book and didn't want it to end. Will definitely read more by this author!

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It All Comes Down to This is a very character driven novel about a family whose mother has died. These characters have their flaws but I was drawn to them. I love her writing style and thought she moved along nicely. Great work!

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I really enjoyed A Good Neighborhood so I was thrilled to start reading It All Comes Down to This. It's been done before. Mom has secrets and when she dies all is revealed and she has three daughters pursuing different careers and they have to sell a piece of property. In this case the property was a camp on Mount Desert Island in Maine and, of course, Beck wants to keep it but Claire and Sophie want to sell. Beck is a free lance journalist and hopes to write a book. Claire is a pediatric cardiologist in Duluth newly separated from her husband and Sophie leads a nomad existence, making connections, being an influencer and working in the art world. They weren't particularly close and even though they didn't seem to have conflicts there didn't seem a lot of sisterly love. The sisters gather at the camp to prepare to sell and a mysterious man from Beck's past would love to buy it.

There are all these hints of secrets in the first chapter and yeah I knew there would be and it's fun to read the reveal but all the hints of things like CJ was in prison and had to go back to Aiken to apologize but for what or Marti, the mom, had a secret past just felt like I know something and I'm not telling didn't pique my interest but annoyed me. Maybe just get on with it.

I kind of liked CJ and maybe Claire but I didn't like Beck at all. She was full of excuses about why she couldn't write her novel and blamed it on others. Her husband seemed like a good guy and I felt a bit sorry for him. Beck wasn't totally happy but instead of talking to him about an essential part of the marriage you just assume his interests lie elsewhere, that he is gay, and tell others without talking to him first. Sophie's life was just chaos and again of her own making as she tries to capitalize on her looks but how long can that happen. Beck is the one I liked the least. She jumps to conclusions, makes excuses and is rude. There just wasn't a lot of depth to the characters and then the ending was just strange with a lot of questions unanswered.

I did enjoy her writing and the book wasn't a total miss that I won't read her again.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with a digital copy.

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Heartwarming journey from beginning to end. Really enjoyed this emotional, fun, highly entertaining and engaging adventure filled with exciting charters, witty dialog, interesting twists and thrilling turns. Great reading!

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Family drama that includes mothers, sisters and loss always make for the very best reads.

A dying mother wonders how her children will live after she has left this earth; the children have to learn to come to terms with their loss, their acceptance, and their love for their family during the course of the book.

This is my favorite genre, and the author truly didn't disappoint.

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If you're looking for a family drama, It All Comes Down To This fits the bill. Marti, the mother of Claire, Sophie, and Beck, is dying of lung cancer. Instead of actually telling them her wishes, she revises her will with her last demands and tries to "help" her daughters find their way from beyond the grave. She leaves Beck's husband in charge of her will (which, odd?). One of the biggest points of contention in the will is that she wants her daughters to sell her Maine beach house and divide the proceeds three ways. Beck doesn't want to do this; her sisters do. (And this is where the odd storyline with C.J. gets brought in, although that could have been left out and the story have been a bit cleaner).

Sophie is traveling the world, but unable to settle down with anyone or anything. Claire is in love with her sister's husband, which caused the demise of her own marriage. Beck is unhappily married and thinks her husband may be gay. There are other bits of drama, but this is the main one. This could have been more focused if each sister actually showed growth and character development.

The plot was interesting, but it could have been cleaner (and I wish Beck had been more likeable).

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It All Comes Down To This is a family drama. Marti, the mother of three girls, knows she is dying - soon - of lung cancer. She decides to continue to orchestrate what happens with her daughters after her death via her will. One of the biggest items is that she wants the girls to sell her Maine beach house and divide the proceeds three ways. Beck doesn't want to do this; her sisters do.

The three sisters have their own drama, their own storylines, and they don't really seem to go anywhere except for the drama involving Beck's husband Paul. I think this book could have been a little more focused, instead of adding to each storyline with other pieces that aren't fleshed out, focus more on the characters. I wanted to see how they develop, not how they squabble with each other. Beck is the most unlikeable, as she seems very stuck in her own ways and willing to just complain that life isn't fair.

Overall, I was interested enough to want to keep reading, but I think this could have gone in different directions and been even better.

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While I have enjoyed this authors previous novels I just couldn’t get into this one. I might try it again at a later date but every book cannot be for everyone.

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I was expecting this to be a heartwarming and drama filled story of family antics, but I found the book very slow moving and I DNFed at 48%. There were dual story lines that clearly would eventually cross, but at nearly halfway through the book, there were still two distinct storylines. Just when I would get invested in one, focus would switch to the other. I wasn’t feeling connected to any of the characters or what happened to anyone, despite being so far into the book.

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It All Comes Down to This was enjoyable enough. While reading, it felt a little like a soap opera with the range of personal problems the sisters were experiencing. I did the like the multi-generational family drama aspect but something felt a little unfinished towards the end. However, it was entertaining and I'm glad I read it.

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It All Comes Down to This is a good, not great, book about three sisters navigating life and loss after their mother's death. This is a genre I love, the writing was good and the premise was believable. That being said, a character driven book needs to have characters I care about and this book did not.
The author sets us up initially to be interested in the lives of the Geller sisters. She paints detailed pictures of each woman and we begin to see where the story will go. The issue is the middle part. It drags. The problem has been revealed, but we spend so much time reading about it that when the book finally concludes we feel the ending is rushed. Or perhaps the ending was just not really an ending.
I am a bit surprised by my reaction at the end of this book. I wanted to, and periodically did, like the book very much. I don't take issue with how it ended. I do take issue with the sporadic or choppy execution of that ending.
This is a talented author that I enjoy and will certainly read again. This was not my favorite of her offerings.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's press for the ARC of It All Comes Down to This.

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I love a multi-perspective family drama. I didn't necessarily like a few of the characters but I was interested to see how everything played out and I enjoyed Fowler's writing. Overall, an enjoyable read.

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while this novel was well-written, i found it a bit difficult to empathize with any of the characters. additionally, the plot was simultaneously implausible and predictable,

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Thanks to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for the advanced reader copy. I think this book just wasn't for me, I tried to start it several times and just couldn't get into the story. I am sure others will enjoy.

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I did this one on audiobook a while (few months) ago and I thought I had reviewed it and apparently I had not. My review will be more of a grasping through memory of the book and it's events. Now that I'm thinking about it all, I remember the conflicts between the sisters after the death of their mother and I remember the need to keep a property and I cannot remember the ending. However, interesting enough, I do remember potential affairs or love interests that kept me intrigued. I also remember that I wasn't blown away like A Good Neighborhood. A few months later, I'll say it's a solid book, with good characters and enough tension and intrigue to keep you interested.

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This novel rotates between the perspectives of five characters - sisters Beck, Claire and Sophie whose mother dies at the beginning of the book leaving instructions for them to sell her vacation house in Maine, Beck’s husband Paul, and CJ who has just arrived in Maine after prison and whose story takes a little longer to intersect with the rest.

There is a plot to the book, but I’d say it’s more a character driven dysfunctional family novel - more about how the characters re-define themselves and their relationships to each other in the wake of the mom’s death (or getting out of prison in CJ’s case). Fans of family dramas from authors like Emma Straub and Laurie Frankel should enjoy this one. It wasn’t a 5 star book for me like Fowler’s previous book A Good Neighborhood, but it was still a great read.

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Really enjoyed this one. The family dynamics were surprising and interesting throughout. Would reco.

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