‘All Together Now’ is Gill Hornby’s second novel. It was published on the 2nd June 2016 by Abacus Books. I am one of a number of book bloggers taking part in this blog tour. Read on for my review.
Bridgeford is a small town in crisis. The high street isn’t what it used to be what with businesses closing. It seems to have lost its heart. But there is one thing that might just bring the town together: music. The Bridgeford Community Choir have a chance to win the county championship but they need more members.
Enter Tracey Leckford and Bennett Parker, two new recruits. Tracey who sounds like a pop star is hiding a big secret. Bennett is the perfect tenor but he is baffled by the modern world. Both of them feel rather lost and alone. Can Tracey and Bennett learn to work together, save the choir and maybe even their community?
One of the first things that attracted me to this book was the cover which I think is lovely. I liked the sound of the story too although joining a choir is something I personally would never do as much as I enjoy music. It just wouldn’t be my cup of tea.
I thought ‘All Together Now’ was beautifully written. It’s about a small community coming together, trying to breathe some life back into their town. Whether they actually succeed though is another thing. It took me a while to get into the story and I felt it was a bit too slow at times, but later on it got really interesting.
There were lots of characters in this story, many of them facing their own personal battles. The choir was a good way for them to get out and socialise with others. Tracey was one of my favourites, as was Bennett.
‘All Together Now’ is a feel good, light-hearted and at times funny read.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
About Gill Hornby
Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children in Kintbury, Berkshire. Her first novel, The Hive, was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller.
‘All Together Now’ is available from Amazon UK:-