The House at Riverton

A Novel

Morton, Kate

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The House at Riverton
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--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2009
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416550532
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORTON 2009
Characteristics: viii, 473 p. ;,21 cm


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Jan 19, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Have read other Kate Morton's books - my favourite was 'The Secret Keeper'. Ms Morton writes great stories and uses the English language to perfection - I love her metaphors - totally appropriate for the scene she is describing ! Highly recommend this author !

Jan 15, 2015
  • gusmcrae rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really, really enjoyed it. Every time I picked it up, I wanted to stay with it for hours (though sadly, time does not permit). The characters, setting, and plot are all intriguing. The story features the changing society brought about by WWI and an old lady who is reliving her memories of her life during those times. She holds a secret, one she's held for 70 years that is quite heartbreaking. The book reminds me of a blend of "Downton Abbey" (though without the witty humor), "Fried Green Tomatoes" (the movie version with Jessica Tandy as the little old lady with a story to tell), and even "Titanic" (again, the little old lady looking back on her younger years).

I gave it a 4.5 stars because there were a few elements of the story that I felt were a little rushed or not fully explored/explained. But all-in-all, I wish every book I picked up was this satisfying.

Jan 09, 2015
  • x4053009162 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely wonderful, one of the best books I have ever read.

Nov 10, 2014
  • fictionrules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

1924 setting that is very similar to Downton Abbey. The narrator is Grace the ladies maid and her story covers many decades. As to her geneology, well she may be more of an upstairs girl than a downstairs girl. Great characters and story line in this book. Covers a lot of historical and social changes that took place at the turn of the century. Really enjoyed it and plan on reading more from this author. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans.

Jun 30, 2014
  • Lexxuss3o rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Could not put this one down! I was engaged from the first word and didn't want it to end as I turned the last page. This book will pull you into its depths and leave you bereft, yet satisfied. I cannot say enough good things about this book and its writing. I highly, Highly recommend!!

Nov 05, 2013
  • Liselara rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This author does a wonderful job at bringing history alive and blending it beautifully with modern day thoughts and actions.

If you like this genre of fiction then you will love Kate Morton. She has a particular talent of delving deep inside her characters and each person has his or her own voice and personality. Old houses/castles, mysteries and forbidden secrets are her forte but truly well written.

Mar 06, 2013

I thought it was a great read. I had already read a couple of books by this author that I liked. The Edwardian period isn't one that I have previously read a lot about, so I am enjoying the focus.

Feb 28, 2013
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Grace, a ladies maid in the early 1920's, bears witness to huge cultural changes during and after WWI. It's reminiscent of "Water for Elephants" in that the story is told in flashback and both Grace and Jacob come of age during catastrophic events beyond their control.

Dec 21, 2012
  • JDeyo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this tale of family, sisterhood, and passion! Intense

Dec 17, 2012
  • susarrey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good read! Grace is a very sympathetic and believable character. You feel for her losses, but she is by no means pathetic. Highly recommend!

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