Book review: All Together Now

Four strangers in the midst of difficult life transitions find friendship, purpose, and perfect pitch in in this heartfelt comic novel.

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 


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