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Grace Atherton was a promising cellist Her mother worked two jobs and her dad was a mechanic Her parents paidfor her cello than they did for the family car They dreamed Grace s dreams In her first year of college, Grace was traumatized Criticism and humiliation destroyed her confidence Her overly critical professor asked her to leave his music program She never played cello in public again.Grace found her calling She became a luthier, a restorer and maker of violins and violas She Grace Atherton was a promising cellist Her mother worked two jobs and her dad was a mechanic Her parents paidfor her cello than they did for the family car They dreamed Grace s dreams In her first year of college, Grace was traumatized Criticism and humiliation destroyed her confidence Her overly critical professor asked her to leave his music program She never played cello in public again.Grace found her calling She became a luthier, a restorer and maker of violins and violas She soon started to craft cellos as well She played her cello alone in her house using it as a coping mechanism She practiced for herself A chance meeting at a party hooked her up with David, a married man They had an instant connection, were head over heels in love They visualized their future marriage and family when his young children were older In the meantime, he lovingly showed Grace, by his thoughts and actions, that she was loved and highly valued He surprised her by entering her in the Cremona Triennale Competition in Italy Held in Cremona, the birthplace of Antonio Stradivari, the judges would determine the top violin, voila, cello and bass The winner in each category would find the prices of their instruments soar as a result of this recognition Grace must now craft a flawless cello Winning could fulfill her promises and dreams.Recently, Grace and David had returned from a getaway in Paris After attending a concert, they walked to the Metro As the train approached, a young woman fell on the tracks Without a second s thought, David jumped onto the tracks and was able to whisk her away moments before the train entered the station Trying to avoid recognition, David and Grace went up the escalator to leave the Metro station The public had other ideas They wanted to acknowledge the gallant hero CCTV footage revealed the mystery man, David and arguably proof of his dalliance with Grace She was devastated Back in England, Grace had been able to cultivate two friendships Mr Williams, a customer and eighty year old violinist and Nadia, her eighteen year old angst ridden shop assistant Their support of downtrodden Grace helped her heal from her heartbreak.Grace s job as luthier was fascinating I learned that a cello never sounds as good on the first bowing If a great instrument has been crafted, it will continue to sound better over the years of playing The depth of sound will be conveyed through the rings and knots of the wood Goodbye,Paris by Anstey Harris is ultimately a novel showing that disappointment and heartbreak must not prevail Support and encouragement can change a narrative and create a different path to happiness.Thank you Touchstone and Anstey Harris for the opportunity to read Goodbye, Paris in exchange for an honest review The marketing for this book stated it was for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which was a favorite of mine So, I had to give this a try At the beginning, I didn t see the connection Grace is already in a relationship, albeit with a married man But while they are together in Paris, he saves a woman in the metro and their lives are changed The book is told from Grace s perspective and she paints David in a wonderful light But I disliked him from the get go Call it my personal q The marketing for this book stated it was for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which was a favorite of mine So, I had to give this a try At the beginning, I didn t see the connection Grace is already in a relationship, albeit with a married man But while they are together in Paris, he saves a woman in the metro and their lives are changed The book is told from Grace s perspective and she paints David in a wonderful light But I disliked him from the get go Call it my personal quirk I ve got a real problem with adultery I never buy the whole staying together for the kids BS But I loved the relationship between Grace and Nadia And with Mr Williams It is like Eleanor in that these friendships are not the standard Their initial bond is music I am always in awe of writers that can translate making art or music onto the written page Harris has that ability We are an engine, the three of us, and we play with exactness, precision We play like we are making a pact with the devil Harris also has the ability to describe the instruments The music this instrument makes warrants real, heavy words It keeps making me think of food of chocolate, of treacle, of dark burnt toast and melting yellow butter I read this as a real paper book and I have to say, I missed being able to highlight sections on my kindle This for example Isn t that the beauty of life, Grace Those unexpected moments where a turn that feels so wrong , so awkward at the time, blossoms into opportunities like this Or this We are two adults with a brief episode of shared past he s not a monster and I m not a failure The past is mostly harmless I can t say I understood Grace s actions I don t know that I ve ever felt that amount of pain that I would do something like that But the book ultimately is about learning from your mistakes and finding the strength to move on It kept my interest and was a fascinating book And keep the hanky nearby, you ll need it Another favorite for 2018 Five big sweet stars My thanks to Touchstone for an advance copy of this book 4 stars to Goodbye, Paris Wow, Grace, the main character in Goodbye, Paris is leading a complicated life She had once been a prominent cellist, but something happened in college that has kept her from playing in public since Grace leads a somewhat hidden life while she has a long distance affair with a man named David who is married with children She is tied to David and waiting for him to leave his marriage for her, but he openly refuses until his children are grown And until that 4 stars to Goodbye, Paris Wow, Grace, the main character in Goodbye, Paris is leading a complicated life She had once been a prominent cellist, but something happened in college that has kept her from playing in public since Grace leads a somewhat hidden life while she has a long distance affair with a man named David who is married with children She is tied to David and waiting for him to leave his marriage for her, but he openly refuses until his children are grown And until that time, Grace waitsDavid gains unplanned public attention when he heroically saves a woman on the Metro However, the fame comes at a cost his privacy Grace is left broken hearted and is considering bowing out of the her cello making competition into which she has put all of her energy Grace s saviors come in the forms of two unlikely friends, an eighty year old man and a teenage girl How will this quirky pair help Grace put the pieces of her shattered life back together Goodbye, Paris is a charming, comforting story of overcoming obstacles and pain through friendship and how a heart can mend itself with the bolstering of steadfast companions Thank you to Touchstone for the complimentary ARC All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com A wonderful, uplifting tale about finding friendship in the most unexpected of places Grace is a violin maker that has her own shop in rural England and is in a long distance relationship with David, who lives in France She has dreams of winning a prize in a prestigious violin making competition, but after a fateful night in Paris with David, her dreams come crashing down in the aftermath With her soul at rock bottom, her friends rally around her, a lonely old man and an angst ridden teen bec A wonderful, uplifting tale about finding friendship in the most unexpected of places Grace is a violin maker that has her own shop in rural England and is in a long distance relationship with David, who lives in France She has dreams of winning a prize in a prestigious violin making competition, but after a fateful night in Paris with David, her dreams come crashing down in the aftermath With her soul at rock bottom, her friends rally around her, a lonely old man and an angst ridden teen become Grace s unlikely allies, as she tries to rebuild her life and make it to Italy in time for the competition.I was enchanted by this book, the characters are all too real, and I learned a lot about the making of stringed instruments, something that wasn t even on my radar before But don t get me wrong, this book isn t overloaded with technical detail, it s a very interesting part, as is the competition in Italy itself, where makers of stringed instruments from around the world get together This novel is full of charm and will delight even the most jaded reader Recommended.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Anstey Harris choose the feel good novel format for Goodbye, Paris, her first novel She fully embraces this genre Every person involved in this story has problems or issues or woes And in the feel good format, all are neatly resolved by novels end.Grace Atherton has her life set She repairs musical instruments in her shop, tends her home, and friends Nadia and Mr Williams Most importantly she waits patiently for the children of her married lover, David, to come of age so she and David c Anstey Harris choose the feel good novel format for Goodbye, Paris, her first novel She fully embraces this genre Every person involved in this story has problems or issues or woes And in the feel good format, all are neatly resolved by novels end.Grace Atherton has her life set She repairs musical instruments in her shop, tends her home, and friends Nadia and Mr Williams Most importantly she waits patiently for the children of her married lover, David, to come of age so she and David can marry and live happily ever after Life interferes with her plan.Now crisis after crisis occurs Drugs, pregnancy, damaged instruments, retaliation by David s other mistress, and stage fright are some of the problems.For me the weakness of the novel is that every issue is resolved Not only resolved but resolved neatly, kindly and efficiently It is too perfect It is too neat.The book was eminently readable especially the descriptions of lovingly restoring the damaged instruments.If you suspend reality, you will love this book But if reality creeps in, you will still enjoy it I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley netgalley goodbyeparis 4 Lovely and Sweet Stars Grace is a cellist and a luthier She owns a shop where she repairs violins and violas She loves her place in life and she loves her boyfriend David, though neither have brought her the fulfillment she imagined After getting kicked out of music school, she no longer plays the cello in public and David happens to be married and has never given her the illusion that he s planning to leave his wife, at least not while the children are little Grace has big plans however, 4 Lovely and Sweet Stars Grace is a cellist and a luthier She owns a shop where she repairs violins and violas She loves her place in life and she loves her boyfriend David, though neither have brought her the fulfillment she imagined After getting kicked out of music school, she no longer plays the cello in public and David happens to be married and has never given her the illusion that he s planning to leave his wife, at least not while the children are little Grace has big plans however, she has entered the Cremona Triennale Competition, for which she is building a cello It is her masterpiece Mr Williams, an aging a customer of her shop, who is kind, caring and gives sage advice, and Nadia, her energetic and sassy, teenage employee, support her fully through this endeavor When a catastrophe happens putting David in the public eye, Grace s life is torn to shreds Will she be able to recover enough to play in the competition What makes a life From the start of this novel, until its end, the answer to that question is different for Grace Atherton, who discovers what s in her heart, her own sense of self and the simple fact that friendship is what makes the world go round This is a book where the characters have such heart and such depth that you feel what they feel, their feelings of anxiety, frustration, heartache, jubilance and love every ounce of it oozes from these pages and into the hearts and souls of its readers That is what Anstey Harris has accomplished with Goodbye Paris My favorite is character Nadia She is bright, bold, brilliant and oh so funny Kudos to Anstey Harris for bringing such incredible characters to life I loved them all.Thank you to Touchstone for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads,and Twitter on 9.16.18 Anstey Harris gives us the delightful and moving story of the lonely Grace Atherton whose life revolves around her passion for music, although unable to play music in public after traumatic events in her past She has settled into repairing stringed instruments at her violin shop, helped on Saturdays by the 17 year old Nadia, a girl with her own issues but an incredible musical talent, and sustained by clients, such as the elderly, compassionate, and kind Mr Williams Grace s secrets keeps her d Anstey Harris gives us the delightful and moving story of the lonely Grace Atherton whose life revolves around her passion for music, although unable to play music in public after traumatic events in her past She has settled into repairing stringed instruments at her violin shop, helped on Saturdays by the 17 year old Nadia, a girl with her own issues but an incredible musical talent, and sustained by clients, such as the elderly, compassionate, and kind Mr Williams Grace s secrets keeps her distant from other people, but Grace has another passion, her 8 year long distance relationship with David, who lives in France, the love of her life, a man she trusts implicitly However, David lives in France and is a married man, married to a lawyer, a couple that are only staying together because of their children whilst each pursues sexual relationships with others.Out of the blue, David is hailed a hero on social media in a story that goes viral when he saves a life on the Paris Metro However, this pushes a spotlight on David s life, throwing a light into its darkest corners, revealing him to be a liar, a man with other secrets Grace is shattered at the heartbreak, a broken woman as her love lies bleeding, smashed into pieces It is barely surprising she go offs the rails when the music within her crashes to a tumultuous halt But Grace is not as alone as she imagines, as she picks up the vital elements of her life, helped by stalwart friends Mr Williams and Nadia, and music, her joy, once again takes flight within her Music has not forsaken her as Grace once believed Harris gives us wonderful characterisation, the need for friends, love, heartbreak overcome, amidst a vibrant backdrop of music and instruments throughout the novel A lovely emotional read, an immersive read, completely engaging and absorbing Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC *DOWNLOAD BOOK ↡ Goodbye, Paris ☠ International Bestseller A Book of the Month Club Pick The Little Paris Bookshop meets Jojo Moyes in Goodbye, Paris, an utterly charming novel that proves that sometimes you have to break your heart to make it wholeFrom the simple melody of running her violin shop to 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 kick start a new song 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 Filled with charming and lovably flawed characters and illuminated with the undeniable romance and magic of Paris Goodbye, Paris is a poignant, compulsively readable novel that shows us that when it comes to love, there s than one way to find happiness In Goodbye, Paris , a woman whose life is shattered finds the strength to turn everything around, thanks to two unlikely allies The only way I am going to start to rebuild my life is on a ladder of honesty This is where I start this naked vision of me Grace is a talented luthier the musical instruments she makes and restores are praised by musicians and collectors around the world At one time she had a promising future as a musician herself, until a traumatic incident led to her departu In Goodbye, Paris , a woman whose life is shattered finds the strength to turn everything around, thanks to two unlikely allies The only way I am going to start to rebuild my life is on a ladder of honesty This is where I start this naked vision of me Grace is a talented luthier the musical instruments she makes and restores are praised by musicians and collectors around the world At one time she had a promising future as a musician herself, until a traumatic incident led to her departure from music school and her inability to play in front of anyone Alone she can play forever the minute someone steps into view she has a panic attack.Grace has been in a relationship with David for eight years, shuttling back and forth from her home in the UK to his apartment in Paris Everything has been arranged to fit David s life she has kept everyone else at bay while they re together She knows there will come a time when they can be together always, and she just needs to be patient But in a split second, with a single reaction, everything changes, forcing Grace to push everything and everyone away, and to destroy the things she cherishes so much.It will take the love and support of her teenage shop assistant and an elderly customer to find her passion again, to embrace the things she should and say goodbye to the things that hurt That will involve reopening some old wounds and finding the courage to move on Goodbye, Paris was a really good story and I even got choked up a bit That should be surprising and yet not surprising at all It has some slow moments but Anstey Harris has created some tremendously memorable characters, and things unfold slightly differently than I expected It s always nice to have a surprise or two when reading a romance novel, which are never that big on surprises.My greatest criticism isn t of the book, it s of the marketing of it The blurb refers to this book as Jojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant I m never keen on comparing books to the latest thing, because most of the time it either sets up expectations or makes people who didn t like the books it s being compared to shy away Suffice it to say, there s not a trace of Oliphantishness in this book, and I m not even certain where the Moyes comparison comes in Goodbye, Paris is a good book in its own right It s a poignant, thought provoking story worth reading.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at Find all of my reviews atJojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant A note to all publishing houses, blurbists, whoever else lends a hand in writing things like the above hoping it will sell a lot of books earn high ratings simply due to the namedropping I mean, I bought into it enough to request this from NetGalley, sure, but I wouldn t hand over my hard earn dollars on a comparison like the above ever mainly because I m well aware t Find all of my reviews atJojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant A note to all publishing houses, blurbists, whoever else lends a hand in writing things like the above hoping it will sell a lot of books earn high ratings simply due to the namedropping I mean, I bought into it enough to request this from NetGalley, sure, but I wouldn t hand over my hard earn dollars on a comparison like the above ever mainly because I m well aware that there is a snowball s chance in Hades that there could even be something that resulted in a successful JoJo Moyes and Eleanor Oliphant mashup Making statements like this backfires nearly 100% of the time Stick with appealing to users via cutesie covers and titles like this one has You ll find many of us are pretty much whores easy sales This one gets a meh amount of stars for the simple fact that I am not a music lover and this is a lot about music Playing music, building instruments, music music music It also didn t help that the leading lady was supposed to beA fucking trainwreck of a forty year old who reads people s diaries and shags other women s husbandsWhich would normally have me saying But in this case only had me feeling annoyed that there was so little keeping my interest And this was a story that should have really kept my interest A woman discovers everything about her longtime relationship is not what she thinks, befriends her snarly employee and an elderly patron of her store and finds herself Sadly, after finding myself lost in all the cello speak there was no hope for me ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reiew Thank you, NetGalley