The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris


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 …

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.

My thoughts:

I’ve had this book on my shelves since Christmas and finally got round to reading it after enjoying Anstey’s latest book, Where We Belong.

Initially I found myself not sympathetic with Grace, with her situation with David. However the more we find out about what happened during her time at the music college, the more I understood why she had continued to remain with him.

Loved the characters of Nadia and Maurice – how they helped Grace to help herself overcome some major obstacles and move forward with her life.

Grace is a flawed character, unable to play music in public after her life was turned upside down by one day at music college at the age of 19. I know some reviewers had no sympathy for Grace, but if you read the book to the end, then you discover the full story about what happened on that day at college.

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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