Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘All Together Now’ by Gill Hornby. ‘All Together Now’ is a Fiction novel that was published on June 2nd, 2016.
About the Book:
A hilarious and heart-warming new novel about a small-town singing group, by Sunday Times bestseller Gill Hornby.
The small town of Bridgeford is in crisis. The high street is half empty, businesses are closing and the idea of civic pride seems old-fashioned to the commuters rushing home from work. Somehow, it seems to have lost its heart.
But there is one thing that might just bring the town together: music. The Bridgeford Community Choir has a chance of winning the county championship. First though, the small band of singers must find a lot of new members and a whole new sound. Enter Tracey - one of life's soloists, and hiding a secret past; Bennett - a church choir refugee, baffled by the modern world. And Jazzy - who sees her voice as her passport straight out of town to a future of fame and fortune. Can they really fit in with dependable old regulars like Annie? Can they learn to work together, save their singing group and maybe even their community?
All Together Now is a funny, sharply observed and moving novel about the joys of singing, about living in harmony, about falling in love... and about the importance of finding your own, true voice.
June 2nd, 2016
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A view weeks ago I was approached to read ‘All Together Now’ by Gill Hornby, for the blog tour. I haven’t read any books by Gill Hornby before, and this book sounded different than the books I normally read. Since getting out of your comfort zone is definitely a good thing at times, I decided to participate in the tour.
Well, ‘All Together Now’ definitely was a different read for me. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance novels lately, and ‘All Together Now’ is definitely not that.
It took me a long time to really get into ‘All Together Now’. I don’t really know why. For one, I had some trouble with keeping up with all the characters of which we get to read the point of views. I don’t mind reading different point of views, but when there are more than two point of views, and from the very beginning on, I always have trouble keeping everyone apart. The other problem at the beginning of this book was definitely the whole choir part. All the talk about a choir just wasn’t very interesting to me and it took a while to really get my attention.
Half way through the book I began to like this story more. The characters started to interest me, and I enjoyed the way of writing more and more. There definitely were a view very funny parts in this read. And what made it even more funny was how different all these characters were. Most characters only had one thing in common and that was the choir.
What I really liked about this book was the little town it took place in. Although it was forced at times, everybody seemed to want to help out and there was a huge sense of community. I loved that. Especially since I’ve never known that little town vibe myself. I love to read about these little towns.
And not to forget, I really love the cover of ‘All Together Now’ by Abacus. That cover can really cheer you up.
So, this read wasn’t perfect. But in the end I definitely liked it.
The Blog Tour:
Praise for 'All Together Now':
‘Witty and brilliantly observed, with a passion for the pop song and an undertow of real warmth’
– Kirsty Wark
‘Warm and gently satirical All Together Now offers a light-hearted take on small-town life’
– Sunday Times
‘A sparkling comedy of manners . . . a treasure trove of bittersweet comic moments and wonderfully sympathetic creations, social satire and the lightest of touches’
– Daily Telegraph
‘This gloriously fun tale about a community choir group is packed with drama, love, and brilliant characters’
– Heat Magazine
‘A great idea, written with heart and humour’
– Daily Mail
‘Hornby’s writing can be very funny indeed, and she’s as sharp as a lancet when it comes to group politics’
– The Times
‘I devoured this well-observed, amusing feel-good story about small-town life in a sitting’
– Woman & Home
‘Charming and very funny’
– Good Housekeeping
‘Loveable characters provide some laugh out loud moments in this charming novel’
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.