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The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
The House at Riverton
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The House at Riverton is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades. Grace Bradley went to... show more
The House at Riverton is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades. Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline. In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they -- and Grace -- know the truth. In 1999, when Grace is ninety-eight years old and living out her last days in a nursing home, she is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer. She takes Grace back to Riverton House and reawakens her memories. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever. The novel is full of secrets -- some revealed, others hidden forever, reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. It is also a meditation on memory, the devastation of war and a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history. Originally published to critical acclaim in Australia, already sold in ten countries and a #1 bestseller in England, The House at Riverton is a vivid, page-turning novel of suspense and passion, with characters -- and an ending -- the reader won't soon forget.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781416550518 (1416550518)
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 473
Edition language: English
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 The House At Riverton
Very enjoyable mystery/gothic history novel largely set in the 1920s. (I feel ike Julien Fallows probably owes Morton money). I liked how the storylines intertwined and how each person's interest in the history changed how they saw it. The love triangle at the centre was probably the least interesti...
Ani's Book Abyss
Ani's Book Abyss rated it
3.5 Thoughts: The House at Riverton
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton Grace Bradley was just a girl when she began working as a servant at Riverton House. For years, her life was inextricably tied up with the glamorous and eccentric Hartford family's daughters, Hannah and Emmeline. Then, at a glittering society party in the s...
Blue Cat Review
Blue Cat Review rated it
4.0 The House At Riverton
This was interesting and I will post a full review soon.
The Primroses Were Over
The Primroses Were Over rated it
4.0 The House at Riverton
This was lovely and elegant and I think Kate Morton has a new fan over here. The pacing was slow and on some level we knew at least most of how the book was going to end--we're told up-front that there was a death and even who it is--but this was a book about getting to that point, and in that it ...
The Primroses Were Over
The Primroses Were Over rated it
4.0 The House at Riverton
This was lovely and elegant and I think Kate Morton has a new fan over here.The pacing was slow and on some level we knew at least most of how the book was going to end--we're told up-front that there was a death and even who it is--but this was a book about getting to that point, and in that it was...
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