I’ve swooned over all but one of Kate Morton’s books. So a release of a brand new one, which happily coincided with my holiday, made for an exciting event in my reading life.The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
Published by Atria Books on October 9, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
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A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day.
My real name, no one remembers.The truth about that summer, no one else knows.
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.
First Line of The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
“We came to Birchwood Manor because Edward said it was haunted.”
My Thoughts on The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
Kate Morton has changed her style and taken some risks with this book. It’s a lot more whimsical than previous titles, but I don’t like when authors churn out similar type books. So this change excited and intrigued me.
What hasn’t changed though is:
– mysterious flashback and flash forward scenes
– vibrant characters who reach up from the pages and hug you in to their lives
– gorgeous thoughtful perfectly phrased writing to ponder over
– evidence of meticulous research that shines a light of authenticity on the plot
– a book that lured me in from beginning to end
With a theme of belonging and how wrongs from previous generations can linger in till they get resolved, it was a book that made me speculate happily for hours.
I think she can do no wrong. Well ok I didn’t like The Distant Hours but that was the exception that proved the rule for me.
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Who Should Read The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton?
Highly recommend to those who like historical English settings, family secrets and memorable characters. Fans of authors such as Monica McInerney, Maeve Binchy and Diane Chamberlain should also enjoy.
Talk to Trish: Are you a fan of Kate? Do you like when a favourite author changes up her writing style?