Blurb: One summer.
One family learning to love again.
Cate Morris and her son, Leo, are homeless, adrift. They’ve packed up the boxes from their London home, said goodbye to friends and colleagues, and now they are on their way to ‘Hatters Museum of the Wide Wide World – to stay just for the summer. Cate doesn’t want to be there, in Richard’s family home without Richard to guide her any more. And she knows for sure that Araminta, the retainer of the collection of dusty objects and stuffed animals, has taken against them. But they have nowhere else to go. They have to make the best of it.
But Richard hasn’t told Cate the truth about his family’s history. And something about the house starts to work its way under her skin.
Can she really walk away, once she knows the truth?
Review: I loved The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, it was a novel that sucked me in from the beginning. I was lucky enough to have my quote in the gorgeous hardback of this novel. A story that I loved and felt all encompassed by and one that stayed with me long after the final page.
In having that dramatic a feeling towards this gorgeous debut I was over joyed at the sound of her second novel Where We Belong. Long before I even knew what it was about there were grabby hands from me. I had to be back in Anstey’s world.
At the Simon & Schuster Spring blogger event which thankfully just happened just before the world went completely bonkers, Anstey read about the museum I was enthralled and you could literally hear a pin drop as us bloggers waited with baited breath. I knew then that this book would be another special read. It had been arranged seemingly ages ago that I and Catriona would buddy read this and what a week I had with this.
So Where We Belong….where do I start. From the off I was enthralled Anstey has a fantastic eye for descriptive detail and I was instantly mesmerised lapping up each and every detail.
In finishing reading this I’m extremely sad that the world is the way it is right now as I feel like wandering around a museum now would have such a different feel. I’ve always been interested in history but I don’t feel like I’ve always truly appreciated it. There’s lots of local history that I’ve been to but once life returns I may have to revisit with a new eye. Sorry for the ramble back to it.
Cate Morris is a truly exceptional woman, one that I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with. I mean hate is probably a harsh word but I didn’t always like or agree with her. Seeing her life change for a number of reasons was intriguing and kept me turning the pages. I wasn’t expecting her story to go the way it did. What I will say is deep down she loved the ones who meant the most to her, her family meant the world to her.
Leo is an interesting character and I wasn’t sure on his age to start with. There are lots to this young man and I loved seeing the change in him from the beginning to the end of the novel it’s like we watched him grow.
Araminta is another interesting lady I couldn’t read her to start with but in turning the pages I knew there was more to the eye. I loved seeing the change in her.
There are a number of supporting characters that add so much to this story I don’t want to mention them as I want you to read this novel as I did with fresh eyes not knowing where the historic tale would take you. Depression and mental health are major factors to this novel but they are woven to that of daily life. They aren’t an issue they are a reality which Anstey has created with Grace and empathy.
I was swept away by the description and in even saying that I want to explain more but I don’t want to ruin the story. A truly beautiful tale of love, loss, friendship, families and secrets. If you don’t find yourself in tears as this novel comes to a close then do you even have a heart. Not all the drama is concluded but never ever make assumptions over family life, Secrets or that of a seemingly solid venture.
Once again Anstey has written a novel that will stay with me long after I’ve closed the book. I’m truly in awe of her eye to detail and in weaving a tale that keeps you guessing and changing your opinion along the way. My question now is how long must I wait for book three…