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.