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Romance | The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton | Anstey Harris

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The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris is one of those stories that takes you by surprise.  I was hooked in by the first chapter …

Book cover for The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

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 published by Simon & Schuster UK.  Digital, hardcover and audiobook formats are available to purchase (10th January 2019) with the paperback publishing 25th July 2019.


There are so many emotional tugs in The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton.  The two things that bring Grace joy and contentment, her relationship with David and her passion for music and the ‘cello, have undercurrents of pain and turmoil.  If you feel that deeply about something then you do open yourself to pain don’t you … however, the events that cause the deepest hurt are things out of her control.  I wasn’t shocked at Grace’s reaction. I could feel that destruction bubbling up in me too.  It was cathartic and led to reality, ultimately giving Grace strength enough to turn away onto a new path.

Nadia and Mr Williams are also catalysts in their own ways.  It has to be said that the three of them break boundaries of societal expectations about friendships.  I loved watching their bond develop through the medium of music.

Grace’s passion for music felt as if it were mine as I was reading.  I experienced that feeling of getting totally lost (almost like a meditation) when you become nothing and the world doesn’t exist.  Nadia being in the right place at the right time is a force for change which sweeps Grace along. 🙂  

Cremona was the perfect setting for Grace to learn something from her college days that sets her free, to face her not so distant past and make decisions about her future.  Inspiring and healing. 

If I had to give you one item that summarises this story it would be the Cremona ‘cello.  It’s more than a musical instrument in Grace’s story.  It’s a symbol.  Not pure or perfect but whole.

Highly recommended.

You can listen to the first chapter here.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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