In the small English village of St. Ambrose, the members of the Bridgeford Community Choir have little in common. But when their singing coach dies unexpectedly before a big contest, the motley group must join forces — and voices — in pursuit of an impossible-seeming goal. Featuring an eclectic cast of characters — including a mother suffering from empty nest syndrome, a middle-aged man who has just lost his job and his family, and a 19-year-old waitress who dreams of reality TV stardom — ALL TOGETHER NOW is a poignant and charming novel about small town life, community, falling in love, and the big rewards of making a small change.
What I thought: I was excited to read this book as I loved the cover, I enjoy stories set in village communities and also, Gill Hornby is the sister of Nick Hornby.
I got into the story, and whilst some of the characters are harder to warm to than others, I wanted to keep reading and know more about them. There are a lot of characters in this book, which I would have found hard to keep up with if I hadn’t read it over the space of a couple of days. However, Tracey and Bennett were the focus of the story and I was very intrigued by them, particularly what Tracey was hiding from her past.
Overall, this wasn’t the fastest paced book I’ve ever read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I’d definitely read another book by Gill, and would also like to read more about the town and characters of Bridgeford. I found the ending a bit of an anticlimax, but enjoyed reading about how the choir got to know one another and the various musical references.
My rating: A solid four stars
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for review as part of the blog tour for this book in June. I was unable to post my review at the time due to my personal circumstances