It All Comes Down to This; Therese Anne Fowler
Macmillan Audio - 2022 - Library download
(Barrie Krenik - narrator - very good)
This is a story about family and sisterhood that had great potential but, fizzled out fast for me.
The story begins with the not unexpected death of Marti Geller who was dealing with cancer. Marti was a planner and had all her final wishes clearly spelled out with few surprises. Her modest estate is to be split equally among her three daughters: Beck, Claire and Sophie. One puzzling provision is that the Maine family cottage must be updated and sold. The sisters do not understand why and are not looking forward to selling the property. The sisters are quite different and not close and each is dealing with their own issues. When a southerner named CJ Reynolds enters the story as an interested buyer for the Maine cottage, things get a bit more tense and interesting.
It All Comes Down to This, is a character driven novel which I usually love. Unfortunately, for the life of me, I could not connect with any of the characters. They felt flat and their issues uninteresting to me, This was a story about family secrets, past betrayals and regrets. It had a convenient ending as well. I'm giving this one a generous 3/5 stars but, it clearly isn't a book I can recommend. Other readers may feel differently. Barrie Krenik, a favorite audio book narrator, couldn't even help save this one for me even though she did a great job.
Rating - 3/5 stars