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If ever there was a book to fall completely in love with, this is it. Grace Atherton keeps certain parts of her deeply buried from everyone, yet it is the revelation of a joint secret that causes her life as she knows it to stop, how can she possibly restart it again? The first few sentences told me I was in for a real treat, I was intrigued, delighted in the style of writing, and then the end of first chapter… it was completely unexpected and caused my stomach to squirm. While this is a book to read with joy, it isn’t a gooey ride, it made me flinch, question and delve into thoughts. Anstey Harris has conjured such beautiful descriptions, they created a fully realised and vivid picture in my mind. Music and friendship pay a hugely important part in this book, the joy of each deeply embedded in the page, the words releasing themselves into my soul. I will admit to knowing next to nothing about cellos and violins, yet somehow I felt as though I did, I understood, I felt, I loved each instrument. I absolutely adore The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, it is completely magical and I suspect that each time I read it (it is a book to return to), a slightly different story will await me. Highly recommended and one of my picks of the month.
The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is the story of a woman who has her heart broken, but then puts it back together again in the most uplifting and exquisite way. Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music. Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace's own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace's life upside down, and the music seems to stop. It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about...
Closing date: 31/05/2019
'Full of hope and charm' Libby Page, author of The Lido
'A hymn to friendship, to getting back up and finding happiness where none seemed possible' Katie Fforde
'Brilliantly and movingly written' Dorothy Koomson
'An impressively powerful debut' Claire Frost, Fabulous Magazine
'As elegant and uplifting as a classical sonata, with added kick from its unforgettably quirky characters. I was both engrossed in and moved by this fabulous debut' Catherine Isaac, author of R&J Book Club pick You Me Everything
'A moving, beautifully written, uplifting debut about mending broken hearts through friendship. The twists and turns make it impossible to put down' Sarah J. Harris
'What a total joy!' Fanny Blake
`This book was so different from anything I've read before... it was beautiful, uplifting and really taught me a thing or two about the world of stringed instruments... The characters are diverse, the setting beautiful and the subject matter unique' Fabulous Book Fiend
'An absolutely beautiful read' Heidi Swain
'I adored this book! Exquisitely crafted, it's a compassionate, heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale of Grace and David's complicated love that will keep you turning the pages. Read it. Like some of Grace's decisions, it's an absolute triumph' Fionnuala Kearney
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||10th January 2019|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance,|
Anstey Harris teaches creative writing for Canterbury Christ Church University and in the community with her own company, Writing Matters. She has been featured in various literary magazines and anthologies, been shortlisted for many prizes, and won the H G Wells Short Story Award. Anstey lives in Kent, UK and is the mother of the singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan.More About Anstey Harris