Publication: 14th May 2020 – Simon & Schuster UK
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?
Prepare the tissues and settle down because Anstey Harris’s new novel is AMAZING!!! Last year, I LOVED her novel The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton so I was delighted when I got my hands on her new book, Where We Belong, thanks to the amazing Sara-Jade and Simon & Schuster. It’s a beautiful and moving story and it got me out of the reading slump I got in during the lockdown.
The protagonist of the novel is Cate. She met Richard at university and it was love at first sight. They got married and they had a son, but Richard’s illness took him away and now Cate, jobless and homeless, has no choice but to move into Richard’s family home, at least temporarily. However, as Cate and her son Leo stay at Hatters Museum, they find out secrets about Richard’s family that they never knew.
Wow!!! This novel had me in tears quite a few times. The way the author, through Cate’s voice, describes Richard’s illness was really heartbreaking, as well as Cate’s grief over her husband’s death. There are also a few happy moments, moments that made me smile and lifted me up, especially when it came to Leo, Cate and Richard’s nineteen-year-old son, who was my favourite character in the story. Speaking of characters, they are really well-drawn. They feel realistic, with their insecurities and their flaws, and they are very likable. The more I read, the more I grew fond of them.
Addressing themes of mental health, love, and new beginnings and with a bit of family drama and secrets, Where We Belong is an engaging, inspiring, emotional, and unique story that will stay with me for a while.
Where We Belong is out next month, on May 14th, and you can already pre-order: https://amzn.to/3akiVxu