Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand 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".
About the Author
Kate Morton was born in 1976 and grew up in the mountains of South East Queensland, Australia. She has degrees in Dramatic Art and English Literature, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and young son in a hundred-year-old house in Brisbane. The House at Riverton is her first novel.
So many tragic stories interwoven- the many sadnesses of the Hartford family, the family tragedies that lead to Frederick and his children moving to Riverton, the impact of war on life in general, and the life of the society families.
Grace is an endearing character- and through her eyes you meet and walk through lifes ups and downs with Hannah, Emmeline and David, Grace's family below-stairs ar Riverton, and the twists of life's journey- and the ripple effects seemingly small decisions have into the future.
Another good read from Kate Morton- in her usual style, so if you enjoyed her other books, you will no doubt like this one too!
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