The House at Riverton - Kate Morton Reviews
Description:ISBN 0330448447 / Author: Kate Morton / Genre: Fiction / Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand ... more
The House at Riverton - Kate Morton ... English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long-consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could. A thrilling mystery and a compelling love story, The House at Riverton will appeal to readers of Ian McEwan's Atonement, L.P. Hartley's The Go-Between, and lovers of the film Gosford Park.
Newest Review: ... joys and regrets including those of the servants. Each character is described just enough to give you a taster of their true ... more
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by - written on 15/04/08 (Very useful, 231 readings)
"Within its four walls lay a secret that would last a lifetime" The House at Riverton is, as described on the back, a book of love, mystery and a secret history that are revealed. The novel is set in two worlds; the 'present' day and memories. Memories of a servant/maid who worked at Riverton, for the Hartfords, and is now at the age of 98with memories resurfacing of her early life due to the production of film about events that happened there. "On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other ... Read the complete review
by - written on 03/02/12, updated on 08/02/12 (Very useful, 69 readings)
I had never heard of The House at Riverton when a colleague lent it to me. She was so enthusiastic about it that I couldn't wait to start reading it and have since found out that it was nominated for the Most popular Book in the British book awards back in 2007 and was in the Sunday Times best sellers list too. Strangely this book has also been printed under the title The Shifting Fog which I don't think sounds very appealing at all. The story is narrated in the first person by Grace Bradley. This 98 year old, fiercely independent, lady has lived an interesting life and as a girl she had been a housemaid at Riverton Manor which became renowned after the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 27/03/12 (Very useful, 144 readings)
In my opinion the best fiction books are those that draw you into the story and that leave you feeling like you know the characters within it. However, they should also contain an element of suspense hence why I often buy a good thriller or crime fiction as opposed to getting a romantic novel. Being that I was going on holiday last week I was lent a copy of 'The House at Riverton' and whilst it did not appear to look like my usual read the front cover promised of a 'secret that would last a lifetime' which sparked my initial curiosity and left me not wanting to put the book down. ===History=== This book revolves around the early years of World War 1 ... Read the complete review
by - written on 11/10/08 (Very useful, 50 readings)
Like the majority of people I first heard about this book on Richard and Judy's Book Club. At the time I was at university studying English Lit, and the fact that this book was set around the First World War immediatly struck a chord. I am immediately drawn to anything war related and even wrote about war literature in my dissertation. After hearing Richard and Judy and the guests talk about the book I had decided that this was my kind of book. The next time I was out shopping I went and bought this book and was even more optimistic after reading the blurb. When I got home I started to read the first chapter - and it was good. However life got busy and I had ... Read the complete review
by - written on 08/02/10 (Useful, 48 readings)
I LOVED this book - it is one of the best books I have read in a long time. A friend lent me this book shortly after I had read Atonement (another story where something which has happened in the past has long reaching consequences). I was a bit wary of reading it as I didnt enjoy Atonement - I felt it took too long to get to the point. This book though was wonderful and so very different. It was a great story of upstairs downstairs life, very realistically described. It is written as a series of modern day sections interspersed with "memories of the past" sections (although I must admit the "present day" sections were nowhere ... Read the complete review
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