Happy Tuesday book lovers!
Delighted to share with you my review today for this beautifully told story from Kate Morton. Another wonderful discussion with my BOOK BESTIES 💕💕💕
A beautifully told story about a house, a love, and a ghost….
This is my third Kate Morton book and just as her previous books were this book was a slow burn… some books are a quick little getaway this book was a journey… The journey of a house and it’s ghost, through many decades and many eyes…. an old-fashioned love story, a contemporary mystery, and so much inbetween… This story really is like a complicated and beautiful weaving… at the beginning there are so many threads none of them seeming to be connected…. but as Kate Morton begins to work the loom and weave the story together, a beautiful picture is formed… just remember when you pick this book up sometimes weaving takes some patients and effort, but the end result is so worth it!
A love story, a ghost story, a murder, a theft, a complex plot…. this book is crammed full of interesting characters with interesting lives and if I’m being completely honest sometimes we did not get to explore those lives as thoroughly as I would have liked…. The two constant characters in this book were unlikely, the house and the ghost… both were extremely engaging and intriguing, and both had a story of their own… and as the characters traveled in and out of this house through time we really saw them through the eyes of the House and the ghost… an extremely well done go story, it will make you a believer, it really was never over the top…. a perfect addition to an October read….
As much as I appreciated this book when I finished… I have to admit it was a little tough to get into in the beginning… there are a lot of characters and it seemed a little jarring and disjointed, but I had to trust… trust that Kate Morton would bring this all together and at about 30% she really did, The picture began to come together…. and at the end of the book it was quite an exquisite picture indeed!
Absolutely recommend to fans of this author and to those of you who have the patience and passion for a complex book that spans many lives and a century and a half …
*** A huge thank you to Atria for my copy ***
About the Book
A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860’s until the present day.
My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.
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