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The House at Riverton

A Novel
Morton, Kate (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The House at Riverton


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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.
Authors: Morton, Kate, 1976-
Uniform Title: Shifting fog
Title: The house at Riverton
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Washington Square Press,, 2009
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: viii, 473 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kate Morton
Notes: "Originally published in Australia in 2006 as The Shifting Fog by Allen & Unwin"--T.p. verso
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9781416550532
1416550534
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORTON 2009
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  • 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.

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.

Report This 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.

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  • JDeyo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • 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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  • BTVS rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting plot,as previous reviews have commented, but the "old Grace" is not really well drawn. She seems like a cantacerous old woman, entitled and judgemental of her daughter. There is no indication as to how Grace grew into her old self after being such a dedicated and naieve house maid. The Victorian/Edwarian family is decrepid and self centred and few of the characters are worthy of saving [and fortunately none of them are in the end]. It's a good read for a long weekend but not memorable.

Report This May 18, 2012
  • kawboodle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting story line, similar to "Downton Abbey" ... unique use of uncommon descriptive words and phrases.

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  • azor rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this but.......her stories are all too similar. I like more variety in an author.

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  • kgillo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sad but good.

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  • kathrynhodgson rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found this novel by Kate Morton difficult to get into and it became quite tedious.

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