Roux, August 7, 2015 (view all comments by Roux)
This is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever. The novel is full of secrets, some revealed, other hidden forever... It has a lot of changes that we didn't expect. It has a structure similar to The Forgotten Garden,it begins in our times and narrates the past, unlike The Fortten Garden, it doesn't have any dates, it is told in flashback by Grace, who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.
I had cried a lot at the end of the story, well, I know that evrybody have to die when they are old, but the end... Especially the letter of Hannah...
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.
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.
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.
bookish, June 28, 2011 (view all comments by bookish)
What an astounding author debut! Kate Morton makes the World War One era as vital as today's.Grace is a young housemaid who becomes a close friend to the eldest daughter of Riverton House.Hannah is beautiful and privileged but yearns for adventure.She makes a hasty but advantagous marriage that reduces her to a hostess for her staid husband.Hannah' s beloved brother had been killed in France ,and she is drawn to his surviving fellow soldier and friend.Robbie's love rescues her from her stagnant life but he has been emotionally damaged by the war.Grace tries to avert disaster but passion,jealousy and fate end in tragedy.I won't reveal more but I will say this is the best novel I have read in a very long time.It is one of the special ones you don't want to end.
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