The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
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Ranked #764 out of 960 in Books

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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. 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.

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June 26, 2016


I really enjoyed this book. It is semi-historical, and entirely enjoyable. The characters are fantastic, and the settings even better. This book is a complete escape, easy to jump into and get away. I had a really hard time putting this book down. After reading it, I read everything else Kate Morton has written!

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June 13, 2014


Kate Morton books are a guilty pleasure. This is not the best book she has ever written but it is good. Its a entertaining book by a worth while read but The Forgotten Garden is a better book.



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June 05, 2012


I happened upon Kate Morton's books last summer and bought all of them.

This one I've read twice. And it's such a beautiful, alluring and rich story. The characters are layered and interesting, and the mystery builds with an alarming suspense.... It's amazing storytelling, you can hardly believe it's her first novel. Highly, highly recommended. You may find it a slow start, but you'll find it hard to put down.

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December 29, 2010


I really enjoyed this book I got it at an event otherwise I probably wouldn't have looked twice at it on the store shelf. It's the story of a woman named Grace in her 90s who was once a handmaid at a grand mansion called Riverton where she witnessed a terrible tragedy in the 1920s. A filmmaker making a story about the incident tracks her down to learn about her experience there, not realizing what a pivotal role she played.

It's richly, beautifully told and I was drawn in right from the beginning. It flashes back and forth between present day and the past but not in a confusing way.

After I finished reading it I shared it with my mom.

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