It All Comes Down To This by Therese Anne Fowler
St. Martin’s Press (June 7, 2022)
Family Saga/Sister Fiction/Contemporary Fiction
Meet the Geller sisters: Beck, Claire, and Sophie, a trio of strong-minded women whose pragmatic, widowed mother, Marti, will be dying soon and taking her secrets with her. Marti has ensured that her modest estate is easy for her family to deal with once she’s gone––including a provision that the family’s summer cottage on Mount Desert Island, Maine, must be sold, the proceeds split equally between the three girls.
Beck, the eldest, is a freelance journalist whose marriage looks more like a sibling bond than a passionate partnership. In fact, her husband Paul is hiding a troubling truth about his love life. For Beck, the Maine cottage has been essential to her secret wish to write a novel––and to remake the terms of her relationship.
Despite her accomplishments as a pediatric cardiologist, Claire, the middle daughter, has always felt like the Geller misfit. Recently divorced, Claire’s secret unrequited love for the wrong man is slowly destroying her, and she’s finding that her expertise on matters of the heart unfortunately doesn’t extend to her own.
Youngest daughter Sophie appears to live an Instagram-ready life, filled with glamorous work and travel, celebrities, fashion, art, and sex. In reality, her existence is a cash-strapped house of cards that may crash at any moment.
Enter C.J. Reynolds, an enigmatic southerner ex-con with his own hidden past who complicates the situation. All is not what it seems, and everything is about to change.
A story of three sisters who did not grow up particularly close to one another. Each has issues in their private lives. As secrets are revealed, none are who the others thought they were. The author writes the characters with many layers and has you turning the page to see what will be discovered next. This was an okay read for me. The writing is wonderful, I just didn’t connect with the characters though as the story continued, I did find myself more vested in their lives.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (June 6, 2022)
eBook ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley
Print copy bought via Brenda Novak Monthly Book Club Box for August 2022
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Therese Anne Fowler (pronounced ta-reece) is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author whose novels present intriguing people in difficult situations, many of those situations deriving from the pressures and expectations of their cultures as well as from their families.
Her books are available in every format and in multiple languages, and are sold around the world. Z has been adapted for television by Amazon Studios.
Therese earned a BA in sociology and cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing, both from North Carolina State University. She has been a visiting professor and occasionally teaches fiction writing at conferences and workshops. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and PEN America, she is married to award-winning professor and author John Kessel. They reside in North Carolina.