I bought this on an Audible sale based on some semi-positive reviews. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pulled into the "maze" of the story. I continually tried to get a step ahead of Miss Morton, but always fell a step behind. That's how I like my stories. I was pleased.
The author deftly moved back and forth between two different time periods with Nell and another with Cassandra as they each gradually uncover Nell's mysterious origins. A very enjoyable listen read by a good narrator. Again I yearn for partial stars; it really was 3 1/2
This is not at all the kind of thing I'd usually read, but I bought it when it was on sale for $5.95 because of the good reviews it had received, and I agree wholeheartedly with them. It's a wonderfully written story full of great characters you get to know very well. I'll be looking for more of Kate Morton's work in the future, and I think Caroline Lee did a fantastic job with the narration - I could (and did!) listen to her all day.
I can't say if I like this book or not, because I was so thrown off by the narrator. She seems to only have a few "voices" which make characters fall into stock categories of "silly and to be thought of as a bit stupid", villainous or virtuous. I was very disappointed and it detracted from the book. For the first time I found myself wishing I had read the book instead of listening to it.
I could not put it down. Layers and layers of story. The narrator was great. I loved everything about this book. I wanted to read Eliza's stories, get her book, find it (even if it was in a novel). Kate Morton, so young and such a story. My book club is reading it. I believe everyone should read this book. Long but worth every minute. Escape to the cottage, to the lives that Kate so brillantly brought forth in word pictures. I did not want it to end! Waiting for her next.
This is a gorgeous and generous book, highway robbery at the sale price of 5.95. It is a lush and complicated tale, with the various threads of this several-generational story drawn together into a near-perfect tapestry.
If you are looking for a intriguing mystery frought with betrail, deep dark secrets, death, and love, I would suggest this book.