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Thursday, 10 January 2019

#BookReview The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris


About the book

GRACE ATHERTON HAS FALLEN OUT OF LOVE ... AND INTO LIFE

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 …

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things, 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.

Published by Simon & Schuster

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MY REVIEW

I found the beginning of this book to be quite dramatic - I started to think one way abut a character and then that illusion was shattered to leave me feeling rather torn as to how I felt towards certain characters, including the main character Grace! 

On the face of it she has a pretty amazing life.  She is smart, has an astonishing talent and ear for music and a glamorous lifestyle. BUT underneath it all you find that all is not what it seems and when her past becomes clearer you begin to understand a little of why she is the way she is, and how she has allowed herself to be put in certain positions instead of standing up for herself!

She has a lovely supportive friend network, Nadia a young girl who works in the music shop alongside Grace, and Mr Williams who is a regular visitor to the shop.  And this is the part of the story I enjoyed the most - the fact that they were there for her, even when she overstepped the line of friendship, and it showed how having people there to believe in you can help you to start having faith in yourself.

The link to music and instruments was a really fascinating side to this book and had me captivated more than the personal life of Grace.  Why had she become so reluctant to perform in front of people?  And what made her become so reliant on others who didn't have her best interests at heart?  There were times I wanted to shake Grace after the way she was living her life!  She is a smart woman but seemed to be so blind to what was actually happening to her and would always justify the behaviour of others!

An enjoyable story of a woman who learns the hard way that life and love doesn't run smoothly!

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