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Oh, this is almost too gorgeous for words, thoughtful and full of emotion, it’s a simply wonderful story that connected to my heart and soul. Cate Morris has no option other than to leave everything she knows and move to Hatters with her son Leo, will they be welcomed with open arms? Anstey Harris writes with beautiful eloquence, her debut novel The Truths of Triumphs of Grace Atherton was one of my picks of the month and a LoveReading Star Book, and I’ll let you into a not so secret secret, Where we Belong is too. I was completely charmed by the first sentence, settled in with joy and then the end of chapter one caused me to take a deep breath. This is emotionally intelligent writing and perfectly timed reveals of information lay in wait. Hatters Museum of the Wide Wide World is just lovely, do I want to go there? Yes I most certainly do, so was captivated to learn that it is based on a real location. Where We Belong bewitched me with its secrets and beauty, Anstey Harris really is the most wonderful storyteller and I salute her.
One family learning to love again.
Cate Morris and her son, Leo, are homeless, adrift. They’ve packed up the boxes from their London home, said goodbye to friends and colleagues, and now they are on their way to ‘Hatters Museum of the Wide Wide World – to stay just for the summer. Cate doesn’t want to be there, in Richard’s family home without Richard to guide her any more. And she knows for sure that Araminta, the retainer of the collection of dusty objects and stuffed animals, has taken against them. But they have nowhere else to go. They have to make the best of it.
But Richard hasn’t told Cate the truth about his family’s history. And something about the house starts to work its way under her skin.
Can she really walk away, once she knows the truth?
'A perfectly crafted novel: beautifully written, insightful and tender - it's simply stunning' Fionnuala Kearney
'Such a beautifully written and engrossing novel. I felt I knew Cate and Leo as friends at the end of it. I will miss them' Jacqueline Ward
'A book as rare and exquisite as the objects in Hatters museum . . . I could not look away for a moment. Superb!' Kate Furnivall
'This beautifully written novel is not only absorbing and original, it will challenge preconceptions in the very best way' Katie Fforde
'An incredibly moving and atmospheric novel, as beautiful and complex and curious as the museum in which it is set' Beth O'Leary
'I loved these characters, especially Leo and Araminta, and I was completely swept along by the wonderful storytelling. This is an emotional story, heartbreaking in places, but joyful and uplifting' Susan Elliot Wright
'Absorbing, powerful and lovely. This book swept me away and then brought me home' Milly Johnson
'I so loved Where We Belong! I got completely sucked into Cate and Leo's world and it was a gorgeous distraction for a couple of days. Fabulous' Jane Fallon
'Anstey Harris doesn't flinch from shining a light on some of the most difficult situations anyone can face, but she does it with warmth and compassion . . . a beautiful story of love, loss and resilience' Woman & Home
'Gorgeous storytelling . . . I loved this joyful book about friendship, happiness and finding your passion in life' Good Housekeeping
'Full of heart and soul, this a beautiful, engrossing read' Fabulous
'Harris, with her crew of colourfully offbeat characters, navigates beautifully through the choppy waters of guilt, heartbreak and redemption' Daily Mail
'Tender and romantic' Sunday Mirror
'With a crumbling museum, a Mrs Danvers-like guardian and a simmering romance, it's a beautiful story' Woman's Weekly
'Moving and carefully crafted, this is a novel with true hope at its heart' Woman's Own
'A beautiful story' Bella
'Original and atmospheric . . . an enchanting tale of families, secrets and lies with an exquisite love story running through it' Daily Express
'A beautifully warm-hearted story for these times' Heat
Publication date: 27/05/2021
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 14/05/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||27th May 2021|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Feel-Good Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Adult & contemporary 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