4 out of 5

Contemporary-Historical Fiction 

The House at Riverton is a stunning and very suspenseful debut by Kate Morton. It kept me wondering right up until the end. I love the way she intertwines the past and present in her novels.

The book alternates between the youth and elder years of Grace Bradley, who worked at Riverton House as a maid prior to World War I and became close to the distinguished Hartford family—particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.
While in their service, Grace was swept up into the drama and trauma of their young lives as her own became intertwined with the Hartford family and Riverton forever.

In modern day, ninety-eight-year-old Grace is approached by a young film maker, who whisks her back to Riverton House and reawakens her past and these secrets she has guarded for decades.
Since I have read all of Morton’s other novels, I have to admit this is a great debut—though each release has gotten better (which I didn’t think was possible).

Recommendation: I recommend reading this one, but Morton’s latest—The SecretKeeper—is quite fantastic and highly recommended. Read my review here.


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Carole writes inspirational fiction for lovers of tea and scones, castles and cottages, and all things British.


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