Over the years, Kate Morton has turned into a must buy for me. She is a bit of a comfort read – family mysteries uncovered, slightly tragic stories with the potential for hope and better in future generations. There’s always a twist and turn, but she still manages to surprise and create interesting characters. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a bit of a break in the norm for her. While in most ways, it is like her previous novels, it is also more focused on a specific place than the others. Her other novels were very much about family, with a […]
Bingo Update: This is my Reading the TBR square. Kate Morton books automatically go on that list once their publication dates are announced! I’m on the record as a HUGE Kate Morton fan. So much so that I buy each of her books in soft cover so I can see them all on my bookshelf (which is a rarity these days in an age where I love the convenience of my Kindle). She has a way with prose, mystery, and history that I just can’t get enough of. I may have found the book that counts as “enough now.” The […]
I want to start by saying I loved this book. It was a wonderful journey through time as you see the inhabitants of a British country estate over the course of 150 years. It is beautifully written. The characters are well drawn. The interactions between characters over the years is wonderful. The plot is tight and I loved the various surprises, including the mysterious location of the priceless blue stone. I have not read any Kate Morton books before. I met her at a book festival and this book seemed intriguing. Lots of people gave it bad reviews saying it […]
I have a friend who likes to loan me sad books, and when I finish one and say “OMG that was sad!”, she’ll say, “I know, but wasn’t it SO well written?” I have a feeling that my friend and KatSings would get along well. My Book Exchange buddy got me this lovely, sprawling book, which is beautifully written and has an air of pervasiveness melancholy about it. I adored it anyway, and I appreciate that KatSings got me to read something that would not otherwise have made it to my radar! This book spans generations. When a four-year old […]
Thank you, whoever my Book Exchanger is! Neither of these was on my radar, and both of them sound awesome. I have to decide which one I want to start on my plane ride home for the holidays. I can’t wait to get started on them! Thanks oodles! UPDATE! Part 2 has arrived, with a bookmark (from The Strand, ooh aah!) and a lovely card from KatSings. Thank you, Katie!
I was ready to love this book from the moment I heard about it. The Secret Garden is one of my favorite books, and stories about family secrets and hidden rooms and stuff like that are like catnip to me. And the bare bones of this story is indeed pretty satisfying. Unfortunately, the execution of it ruined most of my enjoyment, and I decided halfway through that I wasn’t going to read any more of this author’s books. I’ve been really excited about two of her books now, and both have been completely underwhelming for the most part, and frustrating […]
I probably should have written my review of this book closer to finishing it, because as of right now, my reaction is pretty much just: Meh. The House at Riverton is a post-WWI gothic type novel that chronicles the life of the Hartford family through the eyes of young Grace Bradley, a servant at Riverton Manor from the age of fifteen. Grace is now ninety-nine years old and recounting the story of her time with the Hartfords (particularly with the two sisters, Hannah and Emmeline) just before and after the war. She is doing so on cassette tapes for her […]
This is the fourth novel available by Kate Morton, and as far as I’m tracking, I’m now completely caught up on her writing. While this novel displayed many of the same engaging plot twists, and secrets buried in the past, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as some of her previous efforts, though it was still an enjoyable and engaging read – especially towards the end. Full review.