This book, like many of Kate Morton's books, is beautiful. I really enjoyed it from first to last, because of the atmospheric but very realistic painting of life in the early twentieth century. The characters are very vivid, the story gripping and completely believable and Caroline Lee's voice brings it all to life beautifully. Don't miss this one, and then read Kate Morton's other books. She hasn't disappointed me yet!
I had just finished reading Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden" and was blown away by it when I started "The House at Riverton". I guess my expectations were too high in expecting another masterpiece.
Although I do agree with others that the Aussie accent while reading English characters is slightly off-putting, it could easily have been overlooked if the story had developed better. It was indeed very slow to develop, but then it never developed, and it ended without there ever being much of a story to tell. For as long as the story was, she could have gone into more detail about Grace herself, especially her life post-Riverton.
I give it 3 stars as it was well-written, but withhold the extra 2 stars because the story was lacking.
Hoping her third book is as good as "The Forgotten Garden"...or at least better than this one.
I was very intrigued with the story line, but did not feel a particular attachment to the characters.
I've listened to two of her books--The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden. I enjoyed both for different reasons. The Forgotten Garden was a little more predictable but it was also a little darker, which I liked. The House at Riverton I felt was more suspenseful and mysterious. Others listeners may think the reverse.
Kate does a fantastic job of taking the reader between present and past without creating too much confusion, I think. Excellent books. Can't wait to download the next one.
Narration is great as well. Caroline Lee does a tremendous job.
I really loved this book. I wanted to stay in the car and keep listening. If you like Downton Abbey you will love this book. Some people didn't like the choice of narrator. I thought she did a great job.
After loving Kate Morton's outstanding The Forgotten Garden, I was disappointed in The House at Riverton. The book is unevenly paced; at times it is very plodding, at other times, interesting. The apex of the story is reveled right in the beginning, but it takes 19 hours of listening to get to it in the story. I am guessing that the abridged version is actually better, as hopefully the plodding parts have been cut.
Well rounded story showing both sides of the social hierarchy
Seemed realistic in its portrayal of its characters
When the grandson finally arrives
I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!
Intrigue, romance, discovery, scandal. This book has a serving of delicious plot points. It wet my appetite and sustained me, but didn't quite leave me craving for a return visit. I think this may have been due to my listening to the audio rather than physically reading the book.
There were beautiful time changes from our lead character's present day into her past, but the transitions were a bit funny in the audiobook where I think they may have been seamless in the written form. Sometimes I found it difficult to determine if I was with the character in present or reliving her memories from the past. The present day into the past method of story telling reminded me greatly of Water for Elephants, but didn't carry off as smoothly for me.
There was enough intrigue in the plot to keep me guessing right up until the big reveal, which happened much later than I had anticipated (definitely a good thing!). I cared for the lead characters and was invested, but don't know that I'll be thinking about this book in years to come.
I'm happy to have experience the book and encourage others who enjoy historical fiction to give it a whirl.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
This is a great story. It is full of mystery and romance. The narrator makes you feel you are there. Once you start you cannot put the book down. This book enticed me to read the author's other books.
I have not read one quite like this one.
The narrator was great. She made you feel you you were there in the book somewhere. She was great.
Whoa! I LOVE this book. The story is brilliantly written and the characters really come to life. There are SO many threads and the author weaves them together beautifully in the end. The people and places really come alive while your reading, Kate Morton did such a wonderful job with her descriptive writting. I found each character to be endearing and then disappointing in their own way and in their own time as I read this book. Some coming full circle to redeem themselves again. A dark family history full of secrets and twists. A new favorite and a MUST READ!