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 …
~ I received a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is one of the best debuts I have read. A story that is beautifully written, uplifting and full of musical themes throughout.
This is a book that will stay with you after you've read it. It is gripping from the start and you won't want to put it down till you've finished. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning as I wanted to finish it and I just couldn't stop reading it.
Grace adores music and also her boyfriend David, of 8 years. But, suddenly something happens and Grace realises things need to change and she has to take a look at her life to see where she wants it to go. The story goes between the past and present. About when she meets David and her life as a Luthier, someone who makes and repairs instruments. We get to find out about her life when she went to music school and some of the things that happened to her in her life. What happens when David goes into the public eye and Grace has to change her career path and considers leaving a competition she has been preparing so hard for.
Along the way in this story we meet Mr Williams, an older gentleman who comes to her music store to get an old violin repaired and has stories to share and Nadia. She works in Graces music shop and is having a tough time. Her parents argue and seem distant and she is dealing with some drama.
This a wonderful story of finding out who you are. Taking your time to heal and not only helping yourself but also, your friends. This trio are all dealing with something and this music shop brings them together. It helps having each other. They are all different and throughout time will hopefully help Grace put back together her life.
This is a beautiful story. It is charming and comforting. A story of surrounding yourself with the best people who can help you heal and support you.
A story of how encouragement and support can move you from the heartbreak path and move you to happiness. How actions can speak louder than words and trying to figure out the best thing to do after something happens that can break your heart.
A wonderful debut and a book that has been one of the best books I've read this year. The characters have so much depth that you will feel their emotions. I really felt for these characters, the love, the drama, the heartache, frustration...
A wonderful story that Anstey has brought to life with these characters and a story that will keep you gripped from beginning and you will just want to keep carry on reading and reading.
Do keep a tissue nearby! You are all in for a treat next year.
It's Christmas-time in the little Yorkshire village of Welford, and the first snowflakes are just starting to fall.
As far as Susan Collins is concerned, this Christmas is all about quality time with her family, especially her son Jack. After a string of terrible dates she's given up on love, and Susan's certainly got plenty to keep her busy.
That is, until she meets handsome children's author Douglas Macleod. Dishevelled in appearance with bright red hair he is the opposite of Susan's usual type, but an undeniable spark soon lights up between them. But then Michael Chalk, Jack's father, turns up on the scene wanting to be a family again - and Susan finds herself torn.
With snow settling on the ground and the big day fast approaching, who will Susan and Jack be choosing to spend Christmas at Moon Cottage with this year?
~I received a copy via netgalley - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - I really enjoyed the latest instalment in the Hope Meadows series.
We still get to hear from Mandy in this book but, this book is centred around her best friend Susan. Christmas is approaching and she is happy to spend the holidays with her friends and family and her 4 year old son Jack. She has given up on dating and finding someone after a bad dating history and all she needs is her Jack.
Until she meets children's author Doug. Doug starts to change her mind about giving up on love as she feels attracted to him. She hasn't felt this way in awhile and the attraction seems to be growing between them. But, suddenly Michael, Jack's father turns up, he wants to be a family again. He wants her and Jack back in his life and because of this, Susan is torn and she starts to doubt her feelings towards Doug. With Christmas getting closer Susan needs to decide what to do, not just for Jack but for herself, for her happily ever after and make this the best Christmas ever.
I really enjoyed this book. I had a smile on my face all the way throughout it and I just couldn't put it down as I had to find out what Susan was going to do. I love reading about all the characters in the village and reading more about the back story of Susan and Jack. I went from laughing to almost crying at times as I just felt for these characters and wanted them to have the best life.
A wonderful treat for the festive period.
Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House of Laurent is so over this princess thing.
After her fiance jilted her on their wedding day, she's back home, having spent four months in exile. Aka it's back to putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea's sick of duty, so when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change.
But just as she thinks she's found her Prince Charming, he reveals his intentions are less than honourable: he's a spy and he's not above blackmail. As they join forces to find out what happened the day her fiance disappeared, together they discover a secret that could change life as they know it.
Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.
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