Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris

Goodbye, Paris

Jojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant in Goodbye, Paris, an utterly charming novel that proves that sometimes you have to break your heart to make it whole.Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn't been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she's built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long- distance...


Details Goodbye, Paris

TitleGoodbye, Paris
ISBN9781501196508
Author
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherTouchstone
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit
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Reviews Goodbye, Paris

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    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 h...
  • Fran
    1970-01-01
    Grace Atherton was a promising cellist. Her mother worked two jobs and her dad was a mechanic. Her parents paid more for 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 luthie...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    If you put Paris on a book, it'll catch my eye every time, especially if the cover is as charming as this one. That was enough for me to add this to my reading list and enter the giveaway, but soon after, I was contacted by a representative of the publisher, offering me a copy of "Goodbye, Paris." If it hadn't been for the speed and ease in which I had received this, I would have done a little research and most likely deleted it, thinking it was ...
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    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 m...
  • TL
    1970-01-01
    received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. 😊---I am not really sure what to say about this book. On one hand, I did enjoy the story but on the other hand, it didn't hit me as deeply as I wanted it to.I was side-eyeing Grace and David a lot during the first part of this (David more than Grace but still). Without saying too much, I've seen the song and dance before in books/tv shows/movies so I wasn't really surprise...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    To paraphrase Forrest Gump, books are sometimes like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going to get.From the brief synopsis I read about Goodbye, Paris, I had pegged it as typical chick lit: interesting woman character, personal growth journey, woman hits bottom and rebounds, ends up knowing more about herself.And yes, the structure is all there. BUT. And this is a big BUT. Anstey Harris can write and this story strains at its st...
  • Noemie
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Touchstone Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review! #partnerGrace Atherton is a lovely woman. She owns a stringed instrument shop, and makes/repairs beautiful instruments (cellos, violins, etc). She has a relationship of 8 years with her partner, David, whom she frequently meets in Paris for romantic rendezvous. One day, an unexpected event occurs, and she is faced with changes - what will her life look like now? How...
  • Beyondthebookends
    1970-01-01
    Thank you, Touchstone for my copy of this book.  It will be released in about a week.  This is a book about Grace a musician who has to come to terms with her life, her choices and find a way toward happiness. The beginning of the book was enjoyable but the book really develops as Grace comes to find herself.  Her inter-generational friendships really brought this book to life for me. 
  • Cindy Roesel
    1970-01-01
    After reading a barrage of thrillers and psychological dramas, it was more than satisfying to find the quirky GOOD-BYE, PARIS (Touchstone) on my to be read shelf. It's a delightful novel about having your heart-broken and finding happiness again. GOOD-BYE, PARIS is a cheery and incredibly satisfying read. Can you tell I liked it immensely?Grace loves the cello. Grace loves David. Grace loves Paris, her violin shop and the charming gentleman who r...
  • Trina
    1970-01-01
    Goodbye, Paris is a heartbreakingly, beautiful tale about relationships, the resilience of love, and the acceptance of loss all set to the backdrop of romantic cities and the arts.Grace, a former musician with a traumatic musical schooling experience, enjoys a quiet life repairing instruments in a small English town. After a chance meeting a man named David, Grace and David are mad for each other and enjoy a long-distance relationship. One casual...
  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Touchstone Books for sending me a free, advance copy of Goodbye Paris. I loved every page of this story about love, loss, friendship and elaborate details about the construction of cellos that never came across as boring. I found the entire book fascinating and my eyes were leaking towards the end. Just released on August 7th! If you picked this for your BOTM, you are in for a treat!!
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This book will very much appeal to people who enjoyed ELANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE. But more importantly, anybody who loves stringed instruments will find this to be one of the few books that can accurately tap into the experience of being both a musician and an instrument-maker. I don't know how Harris did it, but she nailed it. Having been trained as a cellist and also having worked in a stringed instrument repair shop for 5 years, I foun...
  • ♡Kαyleigh♡
    1970-01-01
    "'They believe in the coup de foudre,' he said, 'the lightning bolt. The French say that it will hit everyone once in a lifetime. It could be someone you see on the other side of the street, maybe only one time, and never even speak to. It could be when you're a child or seconds before you die.'" The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris is quite literally the best romance book I've read all year. Grace Atherton is a mistress; bu...
  • Leigh-Anne
    1970-01-01
    This is between 3-4 stars for me! I won an advanced reader's edition from a Goodreads Giveaway from Touchstone books! Grace is a former cello player turned expert instrument builder in her small English town. Grace is also in a relationship with a married man; a long-lasting, pretty much going nowhere, relationship. Throw in Grace's support system, including an elderly violinist and an angry teenage girl, who both have complicated love affairs, d...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    This could have been such a wonderful tale of female empowerment, unlikely friendships, resilience, and music. Could have been...The storyline was solid. I loved the way music was interwoven, and there was at least one completely lovable supporting character (Mr. W). There were twists I didn't see coming and nothing wrapped up perfectly in the end. However, I still finished the book feeling disconnected and unsatisfied. I wanted the characters to...
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    1970-01-01
    This book was so different from anything I've read before, in a good way I hasten to add, it was beautiful, uplifting and really taught me a thing or two about the world of stringed instruments!I warmed to Grace as a character straight away and definitely wanted the best outcome for her as the book progressed. She definitely has some skeletons in her closet and keeps herself pretty closed off from other people so it felt wickedly intimate as I go...
  • Moorhead Public Library
    1970-01-01
    *Review copy received while attending the conference Book Expo America.*Reviewed by: ChristinaAt first glance, debut novel Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris has all the stereotypical points you would expect from a women’s literature novel – friendship, romance, career, and self-revelation. However, for Grace Atherton, the novel’s heroine, that is only the beginning. Harris’s exquisite novel gracefully examines how one woman copes with a sho...
  • Lisa Guzman
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this but I’m not sure everyone would. Grace is a woman in her 30’s who is an accomplished maker of string instruments. She plays cello but due to some traumatic experience in her youth struggles to play in front of anyone, even David, the love of her life. David is married and has a whole other life, but she knows they will be together once his children are grown.A brave act of kindness tilts their world on its axis, and suddenly Gr...
  • Literary Soirée
    1970-01-01
    I LEFT MY BROKEN HEART IN PARIS I love the City of Light and fiction depicting complicated relationships. And I love even more when resolution comes for a strong deserving talented woman, such as GOODBYE, PARIS’ protagonist Grace. A cellist who no longer publicly plays since a trauma at music school, she creates a quiet life restoring stringed instruments until she meets married David, who encourages her and dangles a carrot of marriage once hi...
  • Alina
    1970-01-01
    Goodbye, Paris is a bittersweet love story. I was debating between 3 or 4 stars, but the 4 starts won because of a very not typical ending.Grace is a music instrument repair/building store owner. Twenty years prior to that she was a promising cellist, but an incident that has happened in college has ended Grace's cellist career once and for all.Now, Grace is living a wonderful and happy life. Her business is blooming. She even hires a young stude...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    I got an ARC of this book, and while it took me a couple months to get around to it, I really enjoyed it! The protagonist of the book is Grace, a former prodigy cello player who now just makes stringed instruments of all sorts! Her life is juicy AF though - and as the book begins you learn she's been dating a married man for 8 years. Girrrrrl, whaaaaat. No. Get out of there. But then an incident occurs that puts her life in a dizzying, downward s...
  • Anna Walker
    1970-01-01
    I'm a fan of charming romance novels, and while Goodbye, Paris was delightfully charming, it was no thanks to the romance. Instead, this book was made by the sidekicks, emotional breakdowns, and musical notes. Sometimes the dreams that die are the dreams we wanted most and the dreams that come true are the dreams we didn't know we had, and quite frankly, sometimes I need a reminder that I can't, in fact, plan out my entire life to the minute. Thi...
  • Amalia
    1970-01-01
    Well-written and poignant, but also lightweight and short!
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books that is kind of "light" reading, yet when you look back on it, you realize there's a little more substance than meets the eye. A nice variety of compelling characters.
  • Alyssa
    1970-01-01
    This book really surprised me. I was expecting a lighthearted beach read and what I got was a thoughtful nuanced story about love and music. I breezed through it because I couldn’t wait to see what happened to the cello-creating protagonist. I really enjoyed how it was told from her perspective- nativity and all.
  • Crystal
    1970-01-01
    Regular readers of my blog know that I'm not a big fan of Contemporary Fiction. This, however, blew me away. Goodbye, Paris, is one of August's Books of the Month, and as usual, it is outstanding. I don't know how they consistently pick amazing books, but month after month they bring a bit of magic.I started this book thinking "oh, she's a musician, I can get into that," but I didn't know how much the author was going to explore that facet of her...