Item description for The House At Riverton: Library Edition by Caroline Lee Kate Morton...
The House at Riverton is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.
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. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever.
The novel is full of secrets -- some revealed, others hidden forever, reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. It is also a meditation on memory, the devastation of war and a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history.
Originally published to critical acclaim in Australia, already sold in ten countries and a #1 bestseller in England, The House at Riverton is a vivid, page-turning novel of suspense and passion, with characters -- and an ending -- the reader won't soon forget.
Outline Review Amazon Best of the Month, April 2008: In her cinematic debut novel, Kate Morton immerses readers in the dramas of the Ashbury family at their crumbling English country estate in the years surrounding World War I, an age when Edwardian civility, shaken by war, unravels into the roaring Twenties. Grace came to serve in the house as a girl. She left as a young woman, after the presumed suicide of a famous young poet at the property's lake. Though she has dutifully kept the family's secrets for decades, memories flood back in the twilight of her life when a young filmmaker comes calling with questions about how the poet really died--and why the Ashbury sisters never again spoke to each other afterward. With beautifully crafted prose, Morton methodically reveals how passion and fate transpired that night at the lake, with truly shocking results. Her final revelation at the story's close packs a satisfying (and not overly sentimental) emotional punch. --Mari Malcolm
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.77" Width: 6.55" Height: 1.08" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2008
Publisher Bolinda Publishing
ISBN 1921415029 ISBN13 9781921415029
Reviews - What do customers think about The House At Riverton: Library Edition?
The House at Riverton Sep 20, 2008
Oh if the walls could speak! This entire tale is a flashback told by Grace, who was a young maid and a discreet observer of the behind-the-scenes life of the Ashbury family. Grace, now 98 years old and dying, reminisces during interviews with a young filmmaker who wishes to get the details straight about the mysterious occurrences that took place behind the closed doors of the family mansion. Slowly, the story of her life as the family maid unfurls. Gradually, we discover the secrets that she has discreetly kept throughout her entire lifetime. This chilling and electrifying story takes place through many transitions in our country's history. From the decaying Edwardian era, to the tragic First World War, and then to the roaring twenties, we follow Grace and the family members through struggles, conflicts, lovers, tragedies, and even through murder! This debut novel by Kate Morton possesses brilliant character development and compelling settings, and is impossible to put down.
Not my type of book.... Sep 18, 2008
The House at Riverside is well written and has a great sense of atmosphere, but I just did not really enjoy this book. I've never liked the idea of duty being allowed to ruin lives, or of destructive family secrets. This book is about the secrets of an elderly woman Grace, who recalls her life for a film-maker. She worked as a servant for a wealthy family, and becomes privvy to a doomed love affair between one of two sisters, Hannah (who is married), and a friend (Robbie) of the girls' brother. Robbies dies of an alleged suicide, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what happened.
Anyway, the book is a quick and easy read, and if you like this kind of gothic romance tale, then you are sure to enjoy House at Riverside.
Loved this book Sep 15, 2008
Why can't there be more books like this one? It was an easy read that totally kept your interest. I was hooked from page 1. It reminded me of "The Thirteenth Tale," but I actually thought this one was a little better. Highly recommended!
Disappointing, Disappointed Sep 9, 2008
I rarely begin a book without finishing it. This one went back to the library within a day. I really wanted to like it; the flyleaf description sounded heavenly - right up my alley. The characters were walking cliches.
Couldn't put it down Sep 8, 2008
This is such a good book and you can not guess the ending. I came across with this book by chance, then found out that it is a bestseller in Europe. It deserves that.