Where We Belong

Paperback edition released 27/05/2021

by Anstey Harris

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LoveReading Expert Review of Where We Belong

Emotionally intelligent writing, breathtaking secrets, and eloquent storytelling can be found in this gorgeous LoveReading Star Book.

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.

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Where We Belong Synopsis

The wonderful new novel from the acclaimed author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton.

One summer.

One house.

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?

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Anstey Harris Press Reviews

'Incredibly moving and atmospheric, beautiful and complex' Beth O'Leary

'This beautifully written novel is not only absorbing and original, it will challenge preconceptions in the very best way' Katie Fforde

'A perfectly crafted novel: beautifully written, insightful and tender - it's simply stunning' Fionnuala Kearney

'Such a beautifully written and engrossing novel' Jacqueline Ward

'Riddled with secrets and lies, the love story shines like a beacon in the darkness and gripped me utterly . . . Superb!' Kate Furnivall

'Utterly enchanting' Heidi Swain

'Having adored Anstey Harris’s first novel, I started this one with a mix of anticipation and trepidation. It couldn’t possibly be as good as The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, but I hoped I would like it anyway. I was soon drawn in, as I knew I would be, by Anstey’s assured and elegant writing. Gradually, the little hooks drew me in further, and before I knew it, I was thoroughly immersed in this mesmerising story of love, loss and friendship, set against a fascinating and unusual backdrop which is very much part of the clever plot. 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 in others. And what a great ending!' -- Susan Elliot Wright

'Absorbing, powerful and lovely. This book swept me away and then brought me home' -- Milly Johnson

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781471173868
Publication date: 27/05/2021
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781471173837
Publication date: 14/05/2020
Format: Hardback

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About Anstey Harris

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.

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