Thursday, July 22, 2021

Review of All Together Now by Matthew Norman


Read for: Enjoyed other books by the author/ Requested Review/ Netgalley

Synopsis: "A dying man brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout in this witty, heartfelt novel from the author of Last Couple Standing.

At just thirty-five, reclusive billionaire Robbie Malcolm is a renowned financial prognosticator, a celebrated philanthropist, and a mathematical genius. Also, he’s dying, which is a fact he’s carefully concealing from the world.

As he takes stock, Robbie realizes that his wealth means nothing if he can’t help the people who matter most. So he invites his oldest friends—Blair, Cat, and Wade—to their beloved Fenwick Island on the coast of Delaware to share his secret and to reveal plans for each of them that he believes will change their lives forever.

However, Robbie isn’t the only one with secrets. The bonds the friends formed as teenagers still exist, but adulthood has brought a whole new set of complications, like unrequited loves, marriages on the brink, and so much unfulfilled potential. Robbie’s plans may look good on paper, but are they any match for the utter disaster that is real life?

As everything comes to light over a wild weekend full of surprises, Robbie learns there are still some things money can’t buy, and a group of friends who thought their best years were behind them realize just how much they have to look forward to."

My Review:  I first read a book by Matthew Norman last year and really enjoyed it and appreciated how relatable it was at this point in my life, so when I saw a new book coming out I was excited to try it. I have to say this one was a much more emotional journey but still had those great comic relief moments. Once again the characters were so relatable, real life issues and situations (well for the most part). I loved that this story brought it all back to friendships and those we have let slip a bit in the craziness of life. I laughed and cried throughout this book and I really enjoyed every minute of it, now I need to go call a few friends I haven't seen in the past year and a half.

My Rating: I am definitely going to be tracking down more of Norman's books, I so enjoyed this one.  It is also a great summer read, setting on a small island town, on the beach at the end of summer. It definitely is a great book as people are reconnecting after the past year in lock down.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws!

I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley. The above is my honest review and opinion.

You can find out more about Matthew Norman and his books on his Goodreads Page or Website.

All Together Now was just released on June 15th, 2021 so you can pick up your own copy now in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or request it from your favorite bookstore or library.

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