This was one of those stories where you get so engaged with the characters that you hate to see the end come. The narrator was perfect, such a softness that she made the characters become real. I will miss Grace. This was my first Kate Morton book and I am glad I chose it. Will definitely get her other books.
The story is beautifully written and unfolds very slowly until the plot twist is revealed. Now that I know the ending, I would not have the patience to listen to it again, but will listen to other books by Kate Morton.
Wonderful story with excellent narration. The characters were superb! The story isof a society that is long-gone. It is told through one of the servants and her sense of duty is key.
All the times Grace would be in the present reflecting back on her life at Riverton - it was very real.
Great book to listen to and imagine what life would have been like in England in the 1910s and 1920s.
Loved everything about this story. One of the best listens of the year.
It is in some ways identical to the television show, "Downton Abbey."
I'd give this book 3 3/4 stars. I rounded it to four because I reserve 3 stars for books I would generally not recommend. I've read several other books by Kate Morton and really felt they were better than this one because they kept me guessing all (or at least most) of the way. This was still a good book by Morton, and had her usual haunting and "gothic" elements, wonderful descriptiveness, and depth to the characters. But I just didn't get the same level of mystery and suspense as I would come to expect from her novels. I pretty much had the mystery or secrets figured out early on -- not precisely, but close enough. So, while it was a good story and I would probably still recommend it to Kate Morton fans who want to read more from her, I would recommend her other books first. Also, I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the narrator. While she was talented and enjoyable to listen to, it was definitely strange that they chose an Australian woman to narrate a book told from the perspective of British characters. Did they think that we Americans can't tell the difference between the various accents?
Caroline Lee has done a great job with each of the books by Kate Morton that she has performed. She brings Ms. Morton's characters to life.
I really enjoy the movement between time periods that Ms. Morton uses to tell her stories.
The beginning of this book confused me a bit because it starts out talking about a screen play called "The Shifting Fog". At first I thought there was a huge screw up with the recording. This isn't normally the my type of book, however the story was nice, interesting and the narrator did an amazing job on all the various accents.
If you enjoy historical romances you will like this book. The story is told from the point of view of a house maid who served the family for many years and is now nearing death. She is telling her tale to a movie writer The story provides a look behind the scenes of the old English manor. It is well written with a great deal of detail.
I bought this book thinking it was in the crime/thriller genre. It turns out to be much more of a drama/historical drama. Maybe it isn't necessarily a bad storyline but it is very slow paced and long.
Kate Morton's books require effort of the listener– know this going in. Fortunately this one didn't require a map of the grounds of a mansion to dispel confusion as with 'Forgotten Garden'.
A great story and a great listen for fans of the genre. Fans of 'Downton Abbey' will love picturing the faces of the cast as they listen. The head valet is a dead ringer for Carson, and the maid Kate is basically Daisy. There's even a Violet. It's amazing how closely the novel resembles DA, although it was written prior to when the show first aired.
Fans of Ian McEwan's 'Atonement' will either love it or be annoyed that she borrowed so heavily from it. I am on the fence there.
Sure, but not until i finish the next two Kate Morton books.
Hanna, I can relate.
Her voice compliments all of these stories. As usual, she delivers Kate's words in the most addictive way leaving you listening for hours. They would not be same without Caroline.
Family, Mystery, Love, Faith & History
Just a well done story with all a lot of heart and soul poured into it. I cant wait to read the next one. Downloading it as I write this.