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
How the story was developed was as intricate as the maze in the story, and it was wonderful to follow.
to discover at each point how each person's role fit together, truly an intricate puzzle.
For me the final scene was the best when all was known and finally the different pieces came together.
Eliza for sure, she was the most colorful and had the most character.
This book was masterfully written and surprised me continually how the author developed each piece of the story and wove it together into an intricate fabric which was not complete until the final chapter was completed.
I absolutely enjoyed this story! I mainly chose it because of the lowered price and am so glad i did. I was captivated by Cassandra's, Nell's and Eliza's stories and how finding the truth of the past was what was needed in order for healing to come for the present.
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A Sweeping Epic
Nell. She lost everything, couldn't even remember what she lost, but her desire to get it back was so strong that she attempted to risk everything to get it. Her devotion to family, even though having a complicated and fractured family history was compelling.
This book sucked me in after the 1st 10 minutes. Then I couldn't stop listening. When I returned home, and had to turn it off after my commute, it was a disappointment. But turning it back on the next day was a joy. I have finished it yet, but I know I will be sad when I finally have to let go of this wonderful and entertaining story.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, it was just what the Dr ordered. Agreed, its not a particularly original tale and the ending was to be expected but the telling of the tale was very well done and got me hooked from the start. Loved it and am sad I've heard it all already.
The overlapping of stories and the blending of fairy tale, so many threads woven together to make a great story.
My only complaint was that her accents seemed a little muddled, but not enough to annoy me much, over all I enjoyed her rendition of this tale.
Once upon a time?
CT Girl 1962
Yes, it is an excellent story of a family with beautiful historical nuances.
The characters are brought to life by the narrator. Their emotions are felt whole heartedly.
A beautifully written story of 3 generations. LOVED IT!!!