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It All Comes Down to This

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Although there was much to like about the book, especially that it’s about sisters and their relationship, but the characters did not resonate with me.  The three sisters, Beck , Claire and Sophie, were too self-centered and spoiled.  Personal growth only came to one at the very rushed ending of the book, although it was slow going through most of the way.  Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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Three sisters are tasked with dealing with the family vacation home upon their mother's death. The sisters each have their own drama in their personal lives that plays into how they want to handle the home. As they uncover their mother's secrets, they are forced to deal with their own secrets. Will this bring the sisters back together or drive them apart forever?

As one of three sisters who has lived through the process of dealing with a family home after the death of a loved one, this book spoke to me on so many levels. The situation that unfolds between the sisters is definitely more dramatic than mine with my own sisters, but the dynamics of how the sisters work through the drama is very familiar and real. The emotions felt by each sister about what to do with the family vacation home are all ones I have seen played out in my own life. Some of it felt so real it made me emotional. While some of the circumstances throughout the book seemed overly dramatic, I enjoyed how realistic many of the emotions felt. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, easy family drama.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this book.
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Marti Geller is dying of cancer. She leaves a will with a few unexpected surprises for her three daughters. In a video she tells her daughters about her past and is very specific about her future wishes concerning her estate. Readers learn how inheritance, tumultuous relationships, secrets, betrayal and dysfunction can alter a family dynamic. Can the three sisters maintain their bond and follow through with their mom's last wishes? Beck is the oldest of the sisters and also a mother who's a writer on the side. She loves her husband, but they have never really ‘connected’ in a deep way, or sexually. They are polite and caring, but the distance is growing and their marriage is on shaky ground. Her heart was broken as a teen with a summer romance in Maine. Middle sister Claire is a recently divorced doctor who juggles her career and child and dog, adding up to tension and high blood pressure. Sophie, the baby, has a glamourous lifestyle and a huge following for SimplySophie! on social media. She wines and dines artists and prospective art buyers, but has a massive credit card debt and no permanent home. She is hovering on the edge of disaster.Each sister is dealing with their own issues they must face and try to overcome. Secrets are uncovered as the book progresses. This is a slow but good character driven novel dealing with relationships, betrayal, loss and regrets. I especially loved CJ & Arlo. I enjoyed this book a lot.
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I struggled with this book. With a story like this, that is so character-driven, I need to be interested in at least one (hopefully more) of the main characters, and in this book that was not the case. I did not care for Beck, Sophie didn't have much of a personality, and Claire was fine but boring. I thought there would be so much more to the relationship between the three of them, but most of the book is focused on them as individuals and they only come together towards the end - and by that time, it is apparent that they spend very little time together as sisters. They seem to barely know each other. It felt like the book was heading toward some major conclusion but the end fizzled and was extremely predictable. I have to give it more than one star, though, because something in me wanted to keep reading and find out what would happen in these women's lives. I think I may be done with Fowler after finishing this book, however, as I really didn't like her most recent one. Perhaps I'm more a fan of her historical fiction than her family dramas.
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I know some people love these kind of books: the ones that are just a mundane look at life where literally not much happens but everyone is messy but it's all okay because of LOVE. But I really need to stop reading them at all because they are definitely not for me. 

Everything about this just felt so flat. There's no plot but I hardly even consider it character-driven because I didn't feel any sort of connection for any of them. It didn't feel plot or character felt like a freaking parked car. 

I expected a lot more grief to be dealt with when the synopsis mentioned a dying mother. I never once felt a twinge of sadness for the loss of the 3 sister's mother, though one of them would mention it was hard not to be able to call her every now and then. There wasn't even too much drama over the will...if you aren't going to make me feel anything, can you at least entertain me with spiteful drama? No...oh okay.

And then the whole baiting in the synopsis of "the ex-con with a mysterious path who changes everything"? That was obviously something that could have been great, hence the urge to try to bait us all in by putting that right in the synopsis. I didn't feel like he really fit at all. His own story, past and present, was super intriguing and fascinating but give him a whole book; not a weird side plot that is being forced into a story that doesn't even genuinely need it. 

Overall, I just feel that the multiple perspectives took away from the whole story, but I didn't like how we dropped 3/4 of the perspectives and focused solely on one in the end. Simply because everyone else completed their character arc, and one just took a tiny bit longer.
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In her newest book, Therese Anne Fowler shares the story of a trio of sisters who must reunite in order to sell the family’s summer cottage in Mount Desert Island, Maine as required by their mother’s will. While working through their grief, Beck, Claire, and Sophie each realize that they are unhappy with their lives and are seeking solace and change. When ex-con C.J. Reynolds arrives with his own set of secrets, he creates waves between the Gellar sisters and their mission. 

From the first sentence, It All Comes Down to This starts off with bang that instantly piqued my interest. After the Gellar sisters receive their instructions to sell the family’s summer cottage, the story shifts between each, unleashing a bevy of misgivings about the lives they’ve chosen. The secretive C.J. Reynolds seems to hover in between chapters. As as reader who throughly enjoys emotional family dramas, this one just missed the the mark for me. And it all comes down to this—miscommunication as a plot device. 

Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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It All Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler is about secrets and family.  This is my first book by Ms. Fowler and I can truthfully say that she creates strong, caring, insightful characters, male and female both. However, this novel does center around three sisters with strong differences between all three.  The chapters alternate between each sister in order to create a well rounded view of each one.  

I believe what intrigued me the most about the story was why the main characters were behaving they way they were.  Each is living with a secret about themselves reminding us that just below the surface each family has their own issues.  The evolution of the sisters relationship depends on them finally acknowledging their own past and being honest with themselves.  It is then that is possible to reconnect with not only themselves but others that play an important role in their life. As you read the story you find the reoccurring theme of finding your own passion, being authentic to ones self and ultimately how that changes one for the better. 

The setting is also a major character.  It takes place on Mount Desert Island in Maine.  Ms. Fowler does a great job of making the reader see the cottage, the town and most importantly the sea.  Each sister’s future revolves around the family summer home located here.  

Thank you to Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.  I look forward to reading more from Ms. Fowler.
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As a fan of family sagas and Therese Anne Fowler's writing, I was excited to hear about IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! After matriarch Marti dies, sisters Beck, Claire, and Sophie must sell their family's summer cottage in Maine. 

Their messiness is quickly put on display: Beck is unhappily in a sexless marriage and can't seem to make headway on her long-dreamed-of novel, Claire wants a man she can't have and is diagnosed with high blood pressure, and Sophie's in steep credit card debt. 

I think this book may be a hit for those looking for a light yet dramatic read, but it doesn't seem to be for me. The first quarter hasn't been enough to reel me in, and a weird passage made me want to put the book down. (After saying he supports a colleague exploring their "nonbinary identity and ungendered pronouns," the character flubs the difference between female and woman, and makes some gross comments regarding their server's body.) I so wanted to root for these characters but it feels like they keep giving me reasons not to (I'd already continued past a comment about there being a first for everything, including "unwanted sex"). I don't necessarily need likable characters to find a book worth reading, but in the absence of those, I need a more engaging plot. 

Credit goes to narrator Barrie Kreinik for bringing me this far. Her narration is well done and really carries the book along. 

DNF at 27%
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I’ve read one of the author’s previous books. I though that one was three stars so I was very interested to see how I’d like this one! 

Each sister had their own big issue that steered them through the book. Sophie’s needed more energy to it, I think the could have made work way more dramatic especially with her all or nothing personality. 

I liked Beck, thought she was relatable in the way that most men and women have a middle life crisis and shake up their life. I wish they would have talked about Martie’s secrets more. We get an overview that Martie had some huge secret, they touch on it one time like it was a big deal only to never to return to it. I feel like they revealed it so slowly and weirdly that I barely understood it. 

This book gives me similar feeling to the other one I read. I feel like it had good bones and was decently fleshed out but there were a few parts that could have been emphasized more that would have made it a more dramatic and better story. Thank you Netgalley & the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review!
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Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an early read of this book!

It All Comes Down To This by Therese Anne Fowler is the tale of three sisters trying to navigate their way through life and relationships in the wake of their mother's death.  Beck is the oldest, a freelance journalist afraid to write the novel she knows she has inside herself.  Claire is the middle child, a doctor and achiever, newly divorced, in love with a man she cannot have.. Sophie is the youngest, trying to make her way as an art influencer, perpetually house sitting because she has no home of her own.  With their mother Marti gone, they all find themselves at a crossroads.  Marti has left instructions in her will that the family's summer home in Maine should be sold and the proceeds split between them all. This final instruction will cause ripples - both major and minor - through the lives of all three sisters and nothing will be the same again.  I did like this book, though was not wowed by it.  All three sisters are well-drawn and sympathetic,  I can't give examples without giving away a few plot points, but I did think that the ending was a little too feel good to be realistic.  That said, it didn't stop me from being glad that each sister got a happy ending that suited them!  This title would be good for fans of titles that feature the complex relationships between women, be they sisters or friends or both.
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This story started out strong. You could feel the devastation when mom, Marti Geller passes away leaving her 3 daughters to grieve . For me the theee daughters went flat .I didn’t like their characters and it made the story difficult to flow organically at times.  Filled with lots of sex the story got lost among the pages  Sadly, I was unable to connect with any part of the story and it dragged for me.I have enjoyed other books by Fowler and will confide to support her writing! 

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this novel for my honest opinion. It is published now so go get yourself a copy of this great book.

"It All Comes Down to This" is a slow burn of a family drama that centers around three sisters who are trying to follow their mother's final wishes. As in real life, their own lives sometimes get in the way of honoring their mother.

Not super fast paced, but that is OK. That is real life. I enjoyed this novel and recommend it for your summer reading.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read this novel. It was not for me so I won't be leaving a full review.
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Dramatic, sentimental, and sweet!

It All Comes Down to This is an intricate, engaging tale that takes you into the lives of the Geller sisters, Beck, Claire, and Sophie, as after the death of their mother, they must confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, take chances, repair fractured relationships, and embrace the future.

The prose is smooth and fluid. The characters are stubborn, troubled, and independent. And the plot is a tender tale about life, loss, forgiveness, secrets, responsibilities, familial drama, friendship, hope, second-chance romance, and sisterhood.

Overall, I found It All Comes Down to This to be an optimistic, nostalgic saga by Fowler that drags slightly in parts but overall does a lovely job of reminding us that life is messy and complicated, especially when it comes to family.
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“It All Comes Down to This” is a perfectly fine book, but not one that I think will be particularly memorable.  It started off well, but I think it got bogged down in the middle of the story and became rather boring.  This was a decent read, but not one that left me excited or likely to recommend, Accordingly, this is a 3 star ⭐️ rating for me.  Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.
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The characters on this family drama, kept my attention. I liked the sisters' dynamic and the storyline.  I would recommend.
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This was my first time reading Therese Fowler's work. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I think I did like her writing style and will try her previous book Good Neighbors. In this book, I thought the plot and basic storyline were good, but I just didn't connect with any of the characters - they all fell flat to me. With a little more character development, or maybe just more likeable characters?, I think this would have been much better. There are some great bones here though.
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If you were to look up the word dysfunctional in the dictionary you would probably find the names of the three sisters featured in Therese Anne Fowler’s IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS. First there’s Beck, 44, eldest daughter and freelance journalist whose all-consuming ambition is to write the great American novel.  Next we have Claire the pediatric cardiologist, successful in her profession but not in her love life. Third is Sophie the beautiful blogger who survives in her lavish lifestyle by utilizing her charm and wits, not to mention her over-used credit cards and the hand-outs and support of friends…..when they can afford to be generous. All of the sisters have secrets they’re not going to share with the others since none of them has ever been particularly close………. much to the chagrin of their mother Marti.

When Marti, a widow, succumbs to her stage 4 cancer she leaves the family beach cottage in Maine to the girls instructing them to sell the property and split the money between them. Of course, one sister is anxious to get her hands on the cash since she views it as the solution to all her financial problems while another insists on keeping the property but does not have the cash to buy out the other two.

Needless to say, there are the predictable sibling dynamics and love interests in the lives of all three women and the resolution of the tale can also be categorized as predictable. 

An okay read, but nothing to lose sleep over.
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This book was well-written, but I found a lot of it seemed a bit too coincidental, particularly in the romance storylines. Still it was an enjoyable read.
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This multigenerational family drama is about three grown sisters that are coming to terms with the death of their mother and the sale of their family summer house on an island in Maine. 

My only criticisms are, that the story did take a while to get moving, and that I felt disconnected not only to the characters, but to the plot. Nothing overly interesting happens, it just meanders. I can see why Fowler's writing is compared to Ann Patchett's, but it lacks the intrigue.
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