This was my first Kate Morton novel - and I will most certainly be listening to more from this author! The narrator was quite skilled at changing between the various characters (across generations and accents) helping to avoid any confusion between the three main story lines. I would, without reservation, recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Well done!
great historical detail, kept me hooked. The story flows smoothly from past to present keeping interest and maintaining the mystery.
This book was beautifully narrated. I loved the Australian accent for the Australian heroine.
I would compare it in some ways to the Thirteenth Tale which was also very nicely narrated in that it is a story which moves back and forth through time - sometimes in the present, sometimes the past, sometimes the distant past. It is a generational story which focuses on a grandmother and her search for her family, and the granddaughter and her search for her grandmother's family after the death of her grandmother.
Again....beautiful book, beautiful story, beautiful narration. So glad I bought it.
The mystery is different because it doesn't start out with murder. It starts with an old woman, Nell, who is dying. Gradually the story unfolds and you can't wait to learn the next clue to Nell's past. But the greater story holds others within it and it's great fun to discover all the connections.
In some ways it reminds me of Thomas Hardy whose books often had a tragic heroine.
My favorite scene was when Elisa and Rose first met. Rose was instructed to teach Elisa better manners, but Rose taught Elisa who ends up learning and enjoying life more. However relationships change.
Elisa is the most memorable for shaking up the lives of the folks in the "big house."
The complicated relationships that are revealed later in the story took a turn I did not expect. I really enjoyed the narrator who made the characters of the story come to life. A great audio experience!
well constructed story, mediocre prose, decent characters good story
The plot twists were ingenious, female characters were well written.
Male characters were weak and the male romantic interest was thinly fleshed out.
It was a wonderful, non demanding listen.
The adventure that Kate Morton takes you on with this book is wonderful. This is the first book I have read by her and will not be the last.
Caroline Lee is a wonderful narrator,,, could listen to her forever!
This was truly an amazing story, so well written and beautifully performed! I could hardly stop listening! Thank you Kate for such a wonderful piece of entertainment!
Eliza Makepiece - what an intriguing character
Definitely; well developed characters and story line. love the narrator. Kept be gripped throughout the story.
Final unfolding of the key to the story.
The scenes developed by the author in London when Alisa's was very young and coping without her mother.
Alisa and Rose.
Will recommend this book to friends
The reader is wonderful and the story is engaging and entertaining. The device of moving back and forth through multiple time periods and plot lines had me hooked and carried me along with the story right up til part III. Then it degenerated into an exercise in dieu ex machina...actually multiple exercises.
I would still recommend the story, the characters are wonderfully detailed and believable and I really did want to know "who done it," but be prepared for the last third, which has enough improbable plot devices to make Charlotte Bronte blush.