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Summary

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 ThingsThe 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.

©2018 Anstey Harris (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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I just wanted to keep walking until the end

omg. This was the equivalent of the book you carry around under your nose until you've finished it. A fabulous story, visually stirring. True to life and moving. I loved it. Will now have to download all of Anstey Harris's other books before withdrawal sets in. Reader was perfect!

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Definitely listen

Loved it really enjoyed it definitely worth a read/ listen. Different to anything I’ve listened to before I was sad when it was finished it was so good

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Lovely listen.

This is a life affirming book.
Listening to it is an emotional rollercoaster as the amazing highs and horrendous lows of Grace’s life are unfurled. Sometimes I felt I knew what was coming next, but still I was shocked or thrilled as the detail was revealed by the story. Recommended.

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It grew on me.

This book grew on me.
I spent the first quarter of it wanting to shake Grace to make her realise what an idiot she was. I didn't think I'd make it to the end, but then the story got a whole lot better.
I loved the cello references and the information about building and restoring them, I also really like the friendship between Grace, Nadia and Mr Williams.

It was well read by Tania Rodrigues and well worth a listen.

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  • 01-08-19

Pleasant but not remarkable.

Although the narration was pleasant, I found parts of the book long winded; particularly the extensive descriptions of feelings and actions. Grace irritated me slightly but came through in the end I felt.

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Brilliant Book

I read this book when it first came out and thought it was wonderful. I then decided to give it to my dad on audible., I ended up listening to it again . You really feel like you are in Graces life, the twists and turns of fate and the unusual trio friendship of 17 yr old teenager Nadia , elderly Mr Williams and Grace makes the read all the more dynamic. I completely imagined myself in the Workshop with Grace and with the three Grace, Nadine and Mr Williams in Italy..
Very well read by Tania Rodregues. Can't wait for Ansey Harris's next book.

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Predictable

I had high hopes for this book given the other reviews. Perhaps I’m missing something but I found it to be very predictable, I lacked sympathy for Grace and the narratives regarding the instruments were frankly lengthy and boring. I had to really persevere to even complete it.

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Wonderful story

I loved this book from beginning to end! A story of love, adversity and triumph, beautifully narrated by Tania Rodrigues.

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Great Story & Performance

One of the best fiction books I listened to in a long time - looking forward to the author’s next novel.

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Average

Average storyline. Average characters... Glad it was an audible as I would prob not have continued reading it.
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  • 21-02-19

Absolutely delightful in every way

Authentic, charming characters with whom I’ve shared tragedy and triumph. A journey woven with descriptions and present moment by moment awareness that delights the senses