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The House at Riverton

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ISBN13: 9781416550532
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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 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.

Review:

"An extraordinary debut...written with a lovely turn of phrase. [Morton] knows how to eke out tantalizing secrets and drama." The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Review:

"This novel will challenge your definitions of friendship, family and, most of all, trust." Hallmark Magazine

Review:

"An extraordinary debut...written with a lovely turn of phrase. [Morton] knows how to eke out tantalizing secrets and drama." The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

About the Author

Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.

Table of Contents

PART ONE

Ghosts Stir
The Drawing Room
The Nursery
Waiting for the Recital
All Good Things
Saffron High Street
In the West
Until We Meet Again

PART TWO

The Twelfth of July
The Fall of Icarus
The Photograph
Bankers
The Dinner
A Suitable Husband
The Ball and After

PART THREE

Catching Butterflies
Down the Rabbit Hole
In the Depths
Resurrection
The Choice

PART FOUR

Hannah's Story
The Beginning of the End
Riverton Revisited
Slipping Out of Time
The End
The Tape
The Letter

Acknowledgments
Author's Note

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Gary Becker, March 31, 2013 (view all comments by Gary Becker)
Kate Morton is a wonderful writer...she's able to waft you back and forth to another time and era making her stories a delight to read. In the House at Riverton she intertwines parallel stories of families and the effects of events on each of the individuals and their ability to deal with the happenings. I was lost in the details and on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down.
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diane Trafton, December 28, 2012 (view all comments by diane Trafton)
The unforgettable characters in this book will long be remembered by me. Flashbacks to 1920's England and an aristocratic family, are told through the eyes of ninety eight year old Grace. During her last years in a US nursing home, she opens up a world of secrets and mystery only to be revealed in the very last pages of the book. This a memorable story which shows the reader the deep division in classes in the 1920's. As with several of Kate Morton's books, I found the first quarter of the book to be a bit slow moving but well worth the read, as action, interest and mystery soon appear and captivates.
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Autumnseer, September 19, 2011 (view all comments by Autumnseer)
A lovely English tale from the point of view of one of the staff's maid, Grace, who works at Riverton House in the English countryside. She starts as a young girl working in the lowest positions downstairs and eventually moves up and becomes the private maid to the daughter, Hannah, whereupon they become quite bonded as they share several secrets throughout their lives. Eventually Grace is taken with Hannah when she marries, though in the long run she is living back at Riverton House. Along the way we get to know all the interesting characters of Riverton's family and the answer to a death that no one knows the truth about except Grace, Hannah and her sister, Emmeline. A lovely book, drawn out in interesting detail that you can take your time deliciously reading and enjoying to the last page.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416550532
Author:
Morton, Kate
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
England
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 14.28 oz

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"Review" by , "This novel will challenge your definitions of friendship, family and, most of all, trust."
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