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This is not a great love story. This is a story about great love.On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually does. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way tThis is not a great love story. This is a story about great love.On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually does. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie's actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret - one they will do absolutely anything to protect.Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes's Me Before You, David Nicholls's One Day and M L Stedman's The Light Between Oceans....

Title : Together
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ISBN : 9781409171744
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Together Reviews

  • PattyMacDotComma
    2019-06-30 10:39

    5★“‘We’re the only people left alive who know it.’ ‘Yes,’ she said. ‘Yes. Just you and me.’‘Then we’re free,’ he said. ‘Finally, you and I are free.’”I’m not a great fan of romance novels. I like character and plot and tension that isn’t just flutterings of “be still my foolish heart”. There is plenty of weak-kneed shock and overwhelming compulsion to flout the rules (and current commitments), but there’s quite a story here as well.We meet Robbie and Emily in Maine in 2016 as they celebrate their 43rd anniversary and are now facing Robbie’s increasing forgetfulness. He’s a life-long sailor, and many passages in the book use sailing terms and analogies to great advantage. You don’t need to know beans about sailing to appreciate how Robbie describes his failing memory:“It was like the fog that came in silently and out of nowhere, and socked you in so solid you couldn’t see a single thing, not even your own sails. . . . You were in waters you knew like the back of your hand, but you couldn’t tell where you were.”Emily absorbed his world, just soaked it up as she spent time around the boats and workshop.“He’d built this boat. He hadn’t said so, but she could feel Robbie in the curve of the bow, the blunt end of the stern.”The author works her way back in time to Emily’s medical school days in Cambridge when she and Robbie first crossed paths accidentally a couple of times in a couple of days. They both felt an instant attraction, but he’s sailing a yacht around the world for an American businessman (Robbie is American), and she, of course, is studying hard for her degree, to be a good English doctor like her adored father. We jump a bit back and forth in time, but it’s not confusing, as it’s quite obvious from the storyline where we are and why. Her family has disowned her, he has a bitter first wife who moved away with his son and cut off all contact, so Emily and Robbie have been together alone much of the time. We are reminded often that “their love could only last if silence held it together in certain places.” The story moves between England and Florida and Maine, and there are just enough characters for us to sympathise both with their family situations and with their desire to commit to each other and be together. He has flashbacks to Vietnam while she feels guilt for not practicing medicine in third-world countries where she could make such a difference.It’s a compelling story, beautifully told. It comes full circle and the gaps are eventually filled in. You’d think the obstacles in their way, the hurdles, and the complications would make their getting together impossible. You’d think. You’d be wrong. Whether others could overcome these as they did will be the subject of much discussion, I imagine. But no spoilers here!Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for the preview copy from which I’ve quoted, so quotes may have changed.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-07-09 15:41

    I don't really do love stories. This one I did.Told backwards and utterly compelling first word to last (sob fueled) moment.Review nearer publication.

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-07-12 12:51

    Love stories are not usually my thing. But I did enjoy this one as I do like this authors books.Robbie and Emily have been married for several years. Two sons and grandchildren have blessed them in their latter years. Robbie was a boat builder and Emily and daughter did love to spend his hard earned money. Emily was an obstetrician to both well paid jobs.An OK life, a good life, or so it seemed. Age has now kicked in and Robbie has developed dementia. I thought then it was going to be based on that and his deterioration however I was wrong. There is a huge secret they both share that if it comes out will change all their lives. This is written in a kind of reverse order, it made a good change and kept me on my toes. I need to thank Orion Publishing group for providing my copy via Net Galley.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-07-17 16:53

    Having read and enjoyed Dear Thing by Julie Cohen, I was looking forward to reading this new one, especially with such a gorgeous cover and having read some positive reviews. It started well and I was thinking this would be a great love story about Robbie and Emily. From the moment Robbie walks out the door, leaving Emily a letter and a rose, the story spools backwards. This interesting technique didn’t work for me. The longer it moved backwards filling in the gaps of this couple’s story, the less interested I became. I never liked Robbie at any point and I liked him even less as the story went back. This was supposed to be a great love but I was never convinced about that love at all. It seemed to me the person Robbie loved most was himself and getting what he wanted. As the story spiralled backwards toward the secret that shaped their lives, I had a sneaking suspicion I knew where it was heading. Surely not! It would be so hackneyed and a plot already done to death in books and TV soaps. I read on hoping I was wrong. Sadly, I wasn’t. This is a story about two people, who ended up getting their life together and in the process hurting a lot of other people. I was extremely disappointed. I know I am going to be going against popular opinion here, as a lot of other people have seemed to like this book. But I wasn’t one of them. My one star is for the gorgeous cover. I expected so much more.

  • Michelle Ryles
    2019-07-12 12:52

    I received a copy of Together along with an envelope stating that it should only be opened when instructed. Needless to say, with such an intriguing package, Together didn't have long to wait on my TBR pile before curiosity got the better of me. Once I opened the book, I became lost in Emily and Robbie's story and would have raced through it at the speed of light even without the added intrigue of the mysterious envelope.The story of Emily and Robbie is told in reverse from 2016 to 1962. Now anyone who knows me would think that I would struggle with this back to front timeline, but Julie Cohen's writing is so flawless that the story flows so effortlessly and it feels completely right to start at the end. In 2016, Emily and Robbie have been together for 54 years, although they aren't married. Robbie wakes up one morning and makes a difficult decision that will break Emily's heart, and left me wide eyed with shock. You find out early on in the book that the pair are hiding a secret, although you have no idea what it could be, and I wondered if Robbie's decision had something to do with this. I couldn't have been more wrong.As time flips backwards, we go back through 1990 when we find out that Emily is estranged from her family, through 1975-77 when Emily and Robbie adopt their son Adam, through 1972 when they are both married to other people and back to 1962 when their eyes meet for the first time across a crowded train platform. Then finally, it was time to open the envelope containing the final few missing pages that I read in stunned silence as tears welled in my eyes. I feel privileged to have shared such intimate moments with Emily and Robbie. They haven't had a smooth ride in their life as the drove down several rocky roads but what they did have was each other. When reading Together, we are asked whether we think this is a great love story or a story about great love. I can't choose one over the other so in my opinion, it is both.Together is completely mesmeric and totally unique in its telling of this beautiful love story. I urge you to read this book, even if it's not your usual genre. A beautiful captivating story of love against the odds. It's certainly not your traditional love story of moonlight and roses, more warts and all under the microscope on the front page of the newspaper. With shocks at the beginning and the end, read it and weep; I certainly did.I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Agi
    2019-07-01 09:39

    OK guys. Confession time. "Together" is my first book by Julie Cohen. So there. I do admit, I have some of her previous books on my bookshelf, it's just that I've never succeeded to read them. However, after hearing so many brilliant things about Ms Cohen's books, it's no wonder I was so looking forward to reading "Together" and now, after reading this brilliant, unique new release I am going to make it my priority to read the other novels as soon as possible. So we meet Emily and Robbie in 2016 in Maine and then we go backwards, to 1962 in Cambridge and it bothered me a little how the story was constructed. I didn't find the book being written backwards confusing but I had one issue. We start in present and go back in time, so it's written in a kind of reverse order, so we actually know what happened, and we are only finding out about facts and details about the characters' lives and their interweaving ways. I'll be honest, there came a moment, and it was when we were in the 1960's, that I lost my interest a little, as I had a feeling that I've read about it already, I know what's happened - but it was then that my review copy suddenly ended at such a cliffhanger that I truly came to know the meaning of the word frustrated. Luckily, I was allowed to open the envelope with the last torn away pages and continue reading, and this is when I've seen that the book couldn't be constructed in a different way. It may make us wonder but this way the things that we were asking ourselves about on the previous pages get a great clarity. The story is not dominated by descriptions - a huge part of it is dialogues and conversations, and I have to say that they are flawless, they fly easily and effortlessly, there is nothing pushed or forced in those conversations, they just feel so realistic and honest - and let me tell you, creating such great dialogues doesn't happen a lot in the books that I read. They just feel so natural, just like conversation between me and you.The characters of Robbie and Emily were lovely - they were full of heart and love and such love as theirs probably happens once in a hundred years. They are not only soul mates, but also friends and lovers - a unit. Robbie loved Emily unconditionally and with fierce passion but also Emily fell head over heels for him and her feelings have never changed. This is a story about secrets, yes, but it is also a story about unbelievable love. It is a story that tugs at all the right heart - strings and makes you wonder. It's thought - provoking and a little controversial, written in a beautiful, emotional way, examining family dynamics and relationships. It shows the power of love. There are some twists and turns in the novel, with the biggest one at the end. One that I haven't seen coming. I might have had some inclinations to guess the truth but THE revelation didn't cross my mind. It is a very cleverly designed and organised plot, and suddenly everything seems to made sense and all the puzzle elements fall into their places. There are some shocking revelations but altogether the whole tone is calm and down - to - earth. You actually have to wait almost till the end to see why Emily was estranged from her family and why there were such strong feelings about this what's happened, and really, when you get to this point everything will become so clear. I have actually read "Together" in one day. It was unputdownable, it swept me up, and guys, I am sure you're going to have such mixed feelings about this whole situation! But it is a good thing, and I love when I finish a book with my head buzzing with thoughts, wondering and examining, looking into. It was a powerful, moving read, a real must - read this summer! Highly recommended!Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    2019-07-01 16:36

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  • Deborah
    2019-07-21 15:36

    Eighty-year old Robbie Brandon, the lead character of Julie Cohen’s Together, seems to have suffered a far quicker decline. But it takes us the whole book to understand why its full impact would be even more devastating for him, his beloved Emily and their family.As is probably obvious from the blurb, this book works backwards. It starts with something devastating and I was in messy tears within pages. My own family’s experience with my father’s dementia (his inability to remember anything new and slow erosion of his long term memory) remains fresh enough that – for a while – I wasn’t sure I could continue reading.I should mention however – for those similarly affected (by dementia / alzheimers etc) – the book is not about Robbie’s decline, so after the first few chapters we are on safer ground. Cohen reintroduces us to Emily and Robbie at key moments in time. In the 1990s when we learn more about the complications around Robbie’s relationship with oldest son William; then the 1970s around the time of the arrival of their youngest son Adam and when Robbie and Emily’s life together begins. And then back to the 1960s when their paths first cross.This book is well written and brilliantly paced. We’re offered complex and interesting characters via Robbie and Emily, but – unusually (for me, anyway) – the strength of this novel is in its telling. Cohen really nails the pivotal points in the Brandons’ lives and offers up a very balanced and blunt account of each.It reminded me a little of the TV show This is Us, which moves about in time, showing us how (and why) family members became the people they are. And like that show, in this book we ‘see’ the results before we learn about their origins.4.5 starsRead the full review of this book on my site: https://www.debbish.com/books-literat...

  • Donna Irwin
    2019-07-06 16:41

    A stunning emotional read. A story of great love and secrets told backwards and it really works. Beautifully written, starting with the end, and going back to the beginning.One of my top reads of the year.

  • Rhoda Baxter
    2019-07-01 12:42

    Robbie and Emily have been together for a long time. They clearly love each other very much. But what is the secret they are keeping? What was so bad that they've lost contact with friends and family over it?I'm not totally sure how to review this. As a writer, I loved it. The book is written backwards - given the story, it was probably the only way you could tell the story. At a technical level, it's fascinating. You start with the day Robbie dies and go back in steps, each section revealing a part of the story, but raising more questions than were there before. There is a twist at the end that makes everything fall into place. The writing is beautiful (as always).As a reader, I found it difficult to engage with the characters. Both Robbie and Emily are nice enough, but it took me a long time to get into it. I found I didn't care as much about the why of their relationship as I'd expected to. In general, the start of the story (end of the book) was more interesting than the end (start of the book). For me, Julie Cohen's books tend to be the sort where I burn the supper because I can't bear to put them down and try to read and cook at the same time, so I'm a bit puzzled by this. Perhaps it's the fact that you know where they end up. In general, this book is unusual (both in structure and in subject matter) and a very thought provoking read. I'm still thinking about it.My thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for sending me a review copy. I know Julie, but I was a fan of her books well before I met her.

  • Sassy Brit
    2019-07-15 15:48

    I am reviewing Together: An epic love story with a secret you won't see coming by Julie Cohen. This is a review of a free book supplied to me by the Amazon Vine Programme. Here are my thoughts: ^^ This book starts as a real tear-jerker and I was instantly hooked; I had to know what could have possibly gone on in their lives for Robbie to go and do what he did. (I know, I don't want to be the one who spoils it for you, so I am trying to be subtle here!) ^^ The story opens in the year 2016 and is split into five parts following the lives of Robbie and Emily through the 1990s, 1975-1977, then 1972 to finally 1962 right back to the day they first met. ^^ As the book evolves I'm drawn into their world, as their lives are unravelled, meanings are explained and the final twist is revealed. Should you do what is right, even if it means hearts are broken? Or should you go with your heart and be happy? What if they are both bad choices? If you don't make the decision, how will you ever know? ^^ Was I shocked by this epic love story's secret? Did I not see it coming, as promised in the hype? Yes! I can honestly say I did NOT see that one coming. Afterwards my mind was awash with questions and I found myself re-reading parts out of curiosity.Overall: Well worth a read! This certainly got me thinking long after I'd finished the book. All I can say is - I would not wish this to happen to even my worst enemy. But you do hear of this happening, so it's not as rare as you may think. How we'd deal with it, well, that is the true question. One that is thoroughly dissected within the pages of this book. When you read the blurb you will see we are asked: "Is this a great love story? Or a story about great love?" To be honest, I still cannot decide. Just like Robbie and Emily's secret, I'm torn.

  • Claire
    2019-06-29 16:56

    Review: Together by Julie Cohen Published by: Orion (13 July 2017) ISBN: 978-1409171744  Source:  Publisher Rating: 4.5* Synopsis:Is this a great love story?Or a story about great love?You decide. On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually would. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie's actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret - one they will do absolutely anything to protect. Review:Together is the hauntingly beautiful tale of Robbie and Emily and their love for one another. Told backwards, this heartbreaking and deeply moving story is original, gripping and all-encompassing. I really like that out begins when the couple are older and works its way back, so we get to find out what it was like when they first met. I became so engrossed in Robbie and Emily's story, I was only vaguely aware of my surroundings. The couple's secret, when it is revealed, is quite shocking. If I hadn't already guessed what that secret was, this book would have got a big 5 stars from me. I usually read crime, so perhaps that stood me in good stead for detective duties in uncovering the secret here! Although this is the first book by this author that I've read, it certainly won't be the last. I am really impressed with her ability to draw the reader in and hold their attention. Special thanks to the publishers for providing an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Rae
    2019-07-17 09:42

    From the outset of Together we know that Emily and Robbie have secrets. Secrets so incendiary that even their beloved sons haven't been told. We meet them in Maine in 2016, when health worries during their twilight years threaten to reveal all they've kept hidden for so long. From coastal Maine, Julie Cohen then takes us on a beautifully clever, tightly spun trip back in time to leafy England during 1962. Each chapter a perfect vignette, a snapshot in time, gradually revealing the true strength of the couple's love and devotion. The structure of Together is novel (reading the story backwards works brilliantly!) but it was the strength of Cohen's characters that ensured I devoured Together in a couple of sittings. Emily and Robbie are flawed - human - from different sides of the track, making the reader desperately hope that the couple's secrets aren't as bad as they fear. One of the best books of the summer. Enjoy!

  • Carol Cooper
    2019-06-23 14:58

    A moving love story with an intricate plot, this book genuinely made me put my life on hold until I reached the very last page. But I'm sad to say that it's over-written in places, as well as under-researched. Someone's favourite book in 1962 cannot be 'Watership Down' (published 1972), and so on.

  • Helen
    2019-07-22 13:36

    https://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogsp...‘He thinks about you every day. He doesn’t talk about you every day, but sometimes we don’t talk about the most important things to us. Sometimes we can’t.’Do books often come along at a poignant time in a person’s life? This is such an interesting little book on so many platforms. It is well written and thought provoking, as it shines a light on relationships and family dynamics. However, let me say right from the outset, this is not a soppy, teary book because of romance - there is so much more involved in this little story that really packs a punch.‘No. I think it’s most likely Alzheimer’s.’ She was brave. Her voice didn’t waver at all when she said it.’‘Sometimes people just have to stay distant,’ she said.’‘Emily stepped forward, feeling, for the first time, a stirring of anger at her own family.’It took me a little while to get into this book. I had to put it down and come back to it a week later, as I did not think I was in the right frame of mind to read it. Starting with a devastating event, I was unsure if I was up for the journey. However, it all changed after a couple of chapters and I shall tell you why.The book is written backwards. Highly unusual and requires flicking back and forth as the brain does not really compute that way. But really, when you think about it, it is probably the only way this tale could be told. From a writing perspective, it is quite incredible and most definitely unique - at the end you want to go back to the beginning and read it over with fresh eyes. The author presents Robbie and Emily at key stages of their lives, commencing at 2016 until the final date of 1962 - which is of course, the beginning and when they first met. Each stage reveals a little more of the story, but also leaves with you with questions. There are twists and turns along the way, and the ending .... wow .... I did not see that coming. Then, and only then, do all the pieces fall into place regarding Emily and why she is estranged from her family. The ‘mystery’ that had been hovering over story up until this moment is revealed. Overall, this is an unusual book, for both the way it is set out and the issues it tackles. Try not to let that distract you from what is in fact, a most thought provoking tale.‘Sometimes we don’t know the moments that are going to be significant to us, not until later when we look back and reflect.’This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release

  • Elizabeth Moffat
    2019-06-25 17:02

    First of all, the hugest "thank you," to Lauren Woosey and the lovely team at Orion books for sending me a copy of Julie Cohen's new novel, Together in exchange for an honest review. I've only read one other of Julie's novels, Dear Thing which was selected as part of the Richard and Judy Book Club here in the UK a little while ago and both myself and my sister, Chrissi Reads absolutely loved it. When I saw the advertisements for Together going around on Twitter (especially with this STUNNING cover), I knew I had to have it and am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to tell you all how madly I fell in love with these beautiful characters and their fascinating story.The story is essentially a love story between Robbie and Emily which begins when they are older and going through some difficulties health-wise. The most brilliant thing about this narrative is however that the story begins here and then goes backwards in time so we see the entirety of their relationship, all their struggles and triumphs in reverse. We, the reader, find out very early on that there is a huge secret that the couple have kept throughout their time together, something that no one else knows and if anyone else finds out it has the potential to destroy them. As a result, Robbie and Emily keep quiet about the shadow in their past and just live each day together as a happy couple as their love continues to strengthen and grow. Of course, we eventually find out exactly what the secret is and it's just as mind-blowing, devastating and heart-breaking as I could have anticipated that it might be.Obviously, I'm not saying anything about the "big reveal," but I just want to talk about how this book was presented to me by Orion Books which was completely wonderful. I read until a certain point in the narrative (perhaps about twenty pages from the end?) and then was asked to tweet how I felt at this period. The rest of the pages in the novel had been placed in an envelope and I then eagerly ripped it open, desperate to discover how the story would end and just what on earth was going on with our characters and their lives. Let me just say, it's a goodie. No, that's not even the word for it - it's phenomenal, suck-your-breath in, gasp and hold it for a little while before you can breathe normally kind of good!Throughout this novel, I completely fell in love with the characters of Robbie and Emily and the hardships they have been through as a couple. Of course by the end I was gaping in disbelief but in no way, shape or form did it change what I felt about the characters at all. I'm afraid they had already stolen my heart and I still continue to think about them and their story weeks after finishing the novel. I'm certain that one of the signs of a brilliant author is how much the narrative sticks with you after you've finished reading. If Together is anything to go by, I'm going to be thinking about Robbie and Emily for a long, long time. Julie Cohen's delicious characterisation and beautiful writing style had me hooked from page one and I'm glad I had a day off when I began this novel as I didn't put it down until I had finished it!For my full review please visit my blog at http://www.bibliobeth.com

  • Nicola Smith
    2019-06-25 13:39

    Having read and enjoyed two of Julie Cohen's previous novels I was so looking forward to reading Together. I freely admit that when I started reading it wasn't quite what I was expecting and I found it confusing but believe me when I say that those feelings soon vanished and I found this the most wonderful, heartbreakingly beautiful story.The reason I found it confusing is because this story is told backwards. We meet Robbie and Emily in 2016 in Maine and we go right back to 1962 in Cambridge and so events that are referred to in the first, yet later, sections had a greater clarity once I read on. I found myself flipping back looking for those important bits throughout the first third or so until the book got into its stride. And when I got to the end I flipped back through the whole thing just to remind myself of certain parts.I realise this plot device may not appeal to everybody but it works so well. We know from the blurb that this couple have a secret but the point is that this is a not a book about a secret but a book about the most amazing love between a man and a woman.I don't want to say any more about the plot but what I can say is that from the first page I had a feeling it was going to be a heartbreaker of a story and I was right. The writing is beautiful and understated, yet full of emotion and passion (just what I would expect from Julie Cohen).I had no idea what the secret would be and only worked it out just before I read it on the page. It's a cleverly designed plot which suddenly all made sense. And I loved Emily and Robbie - this is very much their story, with all the other characters being only supporting ones.This is such a gorgeous story and I heartily recommend reading Together this summer.

  • Lucy
    2019-06-29 11:56

    Together couldn’t have started better. I cried on the first page - which I think is a first in my reading career, and an amazing accomplishment by Julie Cohen to pack that emotional punch into so few words. But perhaps it’s appropriate to start sobbing, as this is a book written backwards. You meet Robbie and Emily at the end of their long romance, then follow the tale back to its shocking beginning. You’re invested in them from the start, as you can see how much their love has weathered storms, and in that respect there’s a touch of The Notebook to it. But it’s clear from early in the book that this lovely couple are keeping secrets. There’s a certain jigsaw puzzle delight in working out how everything fits together and it’s very skillfully done. But while the backwards timeline works well as a breadcrumb trail of clues, I found the dangling of the ‘big secret’ slightly heavy handed. At the end I felt more a sense of intellectual satisfaction as the last piece clicks into place, than the emotional climax I’d been expected - the tears of the first page didn’t return at the end. But it’s a delightful story, with some original and wonderful characters, and the unusual format makes it a fun read.

  • Saarah Niña
    2019-06-27 15:48

    Love is always right.... right?Emily and Robbie, a couple still very much in love. The two of them together, compatible. They have secrets, the big stuff they don't really talk about. They have children and grandchildren too, now comes the big question: can their secrets remain secret?None of the twists and turns could have been foreseen. A story told backwards, the characters sharing and recalling a lifetime's worth of secrets, hopes and dreams. The story of love, togetherness and faith in destiny and promises. A beautiful story that glosses over the bitterness, the burden that comes with keeping secrets and the regret that engulfs one completely when one even begins to contemplate such choices. No- this is a book that embraces life, stories and memories- it's the story of a determined, once in a lifetime, kind love between two of the most self assured people. A story confidently and lovingly told. I enjoyed it in spite of myself- I didn't think I could, seeing as I didn't agree with any of the choices the couple made.I received this book through NetGalley.

  • Melanie Vout
    2019-06-28 13:01

    This book starts at the end then works its way backwards. It's the story of a relationship with heartbreaking complications and a secret that reveals itself at the very end. Robbie and Emily have to make choices and sacrifices throughout their years together and its up to you to decide if they made the right ones. It's thought provoking and would make a great book club read .

  • Mia Prasetya
    2019-06-25 16:00

    Unputdownable! Trus pas balik bali baca apa doong yaaakk. *dibaca hampir habis dalam sekali duduk*

  • Fiona Harper
    2019-07-16 14:51

    I've read most of Julie Cohen's book, but with Together, she has taken her already superb writing to a new level. This is a beautifully crafted, cleverly constructed book and I couldn't stop reading.

  • Carolyn Jury
    2019-07-11 15:34

    I didn’t want to put this book down. The story is written in reverse which was interesting as you knew the outcome. However we didn’t find out until near the end what happened in 1962! A good summertime read.

  • Karen
    2019-07-04 11:33

    The plot was good, however, I found the last 25% to be protracted and boring.However, I did enjoy the reveal of the secret

  • Maddy Cordell
    2019-07-14 16:55

    I really enjoyed this book and from about half way though I couldn't put it down. This is one of those stories that is told from the end backwards. Initially I found it a little confusing, and couldn't understand why a happy man, albeit with the start of Alzheimer's, would walk into the sea and kill himself. Reading the book all becomes clearer.The initial premises is a little 'unusual' but it makes for a good story.

  • Linda Wilson
    2019-07-20 12:37

    I really enjoyed this book. Robbie and Emily are an elderly couple who are clearly very much in love. It quickly becomes apparent that they share a very big secret, which has caused Emily to be estranged from her family. The story is told backwards with all the details of the relationship gradually being revealed. It will keep you guessing right til the end. Thanks to NetGalley for a preview copy.

  • Sue Hopkins
    2019-07-23 18:02

    I wasn't sure after the first few chapters if this book would be for me. I didn't particularly warm to the writing style, it was too simple for me. There was a secret and I was a little irritated, was this another one of those books, that had a secret and you realised very early on what it was?. Well I didn't!!! I was very pleasantly surprised. There was a secret and I didn't guess it until almost at the end. I cared about the characters and I wanted to find out what happened to them. I liked that it was written backwards and I liked that the author didn't dwell on the ending. The writing got better, a little more mature. I did in fact end up enjoying this book. I would recommend.

  • Cassie Holland
    2019-07-02 16:34

    This is a well-written book with a very interesting story to tell.It opens in the present day and introduces the main protagonists, Robbie and Emily, who have been married for 40 years. I like the way their stories are told backwards. This means questions about the why or how were answered in later chapters. It is an interesting examination of family dynamics and how love can ride roughshod over the disapproval of families. In fact, the main transgression is still controversial today.Thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book in return for a review.

  • Joanne
    2019-07-15 13:32

    Together is the emotional, beautifully told story of the great love between Robbie and Emily. They are desperate to keep hidden some great secret from their past and from the off the author had me speculating what it could be. What were they hiding, why was it so bad that Emily's family had disowned her and the couple considered themselves safer when people from their past died? It is a very cleverly constructed novel, working backwards from the present day, moving through significant periods in their relationship. Each part reveals just a little more of their story, adding understanding to what the reader has founds out before. I admit to being stunned by the final and heartbreaking reveal, I would never have guessed. Together is the first book I've read by Julie Cohen and I loved it - it certainly won't be the last. 

  • Lewis
    2019-07-21 09:50

    Another review courtesy of my better half - Ive loved all of Julie Cohens previous novels and I love this one just as much. She is a brilliant writer, brilliant story teller. Will continue buying her novels