This is one of those books I almost abandoned after multiple attempts. But the intrigue was too much. So glad I stuck with this one, because it was a great story.
Be warned: if you are like me you will benefit from creating a diagram of the many characters and timelines which serve to confuse the average listener. Not only did I have to literally DRAW A DIAGRAM to get what was happening, but I had the hard copy of the novel to serve as a supplement. And i was still woefully lost at times. Also, you NEED a map of the property or half of it will make no sense. Trust me.
Think twice before you download this one. I think it's a much better read than listen.
I enjoyed this one. I liked the span across generations, and the story unraveled in a way that kept it interesting.
The author creates a story unfolding layer by layer making it a page turner. I found myself delighted at every turn. Some I saw coming and some I didn't. No profound themes here (except perhaps our connectedness with the past) but a solidly entertaining story.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
I am not a fan of stories that jump back and forth between time frames, but I can handle 2, as in "before and after". This story has at least 6 time frames, and even with the date declared at the beginning of each section, I got very lost a few times. I just wanted the story to finish so I could move on to something else. The writing was excellent, and the narrator is very good, but the writing style just pulled it down.
This is a sensuous, tender, beautifully controlled, large-canvas watercolour of a novel.
Three periods of history intertwine, moving between Brisbane Australia, and Cornwall, England. A woman, once an apparently abandoned girl, and later her grandaughter, search for her history and identity.
The narrator's gentle voice accentuates the softness and ease of this story, although I take issue with some of her Australian accents, particularly the male voices. Oh well....
This earnest human quest occasionally demands suspension of belief reminiscent of Victorian romantic novels. Nevertheless one is left with long remembered characters and their stories.
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
I enjoyed the book of Fairy Tales, and how each of the tales revealed more about the mystery. I thought the setting was a wonderful aspect of the story. The old castle and mysterious cottage took the audience away on the journey.This is my second book by Kate Morton, and it is clear she does intensive research. Her attention to detail makes her stories believable. After I read this book, I wanted to hunt down this factious book of Fairy Tales.Its a easy listen, and very enjoyable.
The story was captivating, made even better by superb narration. Following the search for family beginnings, it held me spellbound to the very end.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
The telling of the stories of the extremely poor and the extremely rich . . . and how ironically both of these extremes are woefully unhappy . . . some of their own making . . . I loved how the family stories were woven together over three centuries (up to current times) to reveal how the mysteries of ones past both haunt and free them.
I loved the story telling in this book, and that its characters made difficult and sacrificial choices for the benefit of those they love, although it was not apparent to others at the time. The book is full of "evil versus good" and the abuse of power by the rich over their servants, and what happens, even to one of their own, when they try to think or love for themselves.
I didn't want it to end. What a beautiful story. Actually 3 stories. Wonderfully woven. It is magical!
I love both Kate Morton and Caroline Lee, but this book has a lot of holes.
Caroline Lee is amazing!
The Epilogue is ridiculous. It looks as if the book was edited in the wrong places. These elements of the story were not satisfactorily resolved: the brooch, the maze, the brother's obsession and "the bad man." If I was the editor, all of these would have to be changed or eliminated.