This was a real 'meh' story. I loved the narrator, loved the Australian accents (I am Australian) it is well written, I should have loved it, but it was predictable and slow and just...meh! I didn't engage with the characters enough to care about what was happening to them. But it was ok.
I loved this book, the beginning of history caught me, the way the history is narrated, making us to go more in the past, looking for the causes that created the present. It is great. I can't wait to read another one from Kate Morton.
This is a decent story that is very slow, as another reviewer mentioned the author was in need of a good editor. I found myself fast forwarding through parts in the first half but the second held my attention until the end. Narration was decent, certainly nothing exceptional (ala The Help) but she is able to adeptly do many different accents and ages. Once I figured out that the book was better on 2x speed I enjoyed it much more - way too many loooong pauses and intakes of breath for my liking.
Save 20 hours of your life and skip this. The heroine, Eliza, is an idiot from beginning to end. The only good part is that they all die in the end.
This starts off slow, but does get there in the end. I really enjoyed when the narrator was telling Eliza's story and also Cassandra's more than Nell's. But just my personal opinion. Would recommend to people who enjoy a English novel or story that are set in the past, But I would recommened.
Wow - this was a book I downloaded because it was on sale thinking it would be okay. I was so astonished!! I felt like I knew and understood each and every character and did not predict any of the many, many twists and turns this novel took. I was hooked and carried my iPod with me for any moment to listen. I will find more of Kate Morton's books as soon as possible! Oh, and the narrater was perfect too.
I really liked this book. It kept me captivated for hours on end but I was a little disappointed at the lack of originality in the story line. The plot has so many similarities to Diane Setterfields, The Thirteenth Tale and The Secret Garden that sometimes the word plagarism came to mind. I would still like to read her other novel, The house at Riverton though because dispite all the similarities, I do love Kate Morton's style of writing.
This was a really good story although a little hard to keep up with the changes in time. The ending was really not what I was expecting and that was a good twist in the story.
The author introduced rich characters that I felt I got to know. She wove a wonderful story that draws you in quickly. There was mystery, sadness, laughter, innocence and beauty in this book. The Narrator's voice makes the words sound almost like music. I fully enjoyed this book.