I bought this book because of it's length and my oncoming vacation. I have to admit that I was very bored during the initial few chapters but I realized their importance later in the story . So, keep at it, it's a great finish.
Edie Burchill loves her mother but has a somewhat distant relationship with her. They're too different. She's pursued her own life, and is now assistant chair at the tiny publishing house where she works.
It's so tiny that she and her boss are the only employees, now that the boss's partner and co-founder has died, but they have a well-earned reputation for producing quality books.
What Edie doesn't know is that her mother is more like her than she imagines, and there's a secret in her past that will mean more to Edie than she can imagine.
One day, Edie drives out to a meeting with a new client, and on the way back runs into heavy traffic, gets off the main road, and winds up taking a wrong turn that takes her to a little village which includes a castle--a strangely familiar castle. She's been there before, as a young child, with her mother. They stood outside the gates for a while, and then her mother, Meredith, says she's made a mistake, it's too late, hurries Edie away, and when Edie asks about it, insists it never happened.
It's the beginning of a journey of discovery, self-discovery and family history discovery. Her mother's secrets, and the secrets of the Blythe family. The last of the family are three sisters: Persephone (Percy), her twin sister Seraphina (Saffy), and their younger sister, Juniper. It's also the story of Thomas Cavill, who was first Meredith's teacher and then a soldier during the Second World War, who falls in love with Juniper, and then inexplicably disappears.
Throughout the novel is wound the story of Raymond Blythe and his most successful literary work, The True History of the Mud Man, a bestselling book that became a children's classic, a hit play, and a beloved favorite of Edie in her childhood--part of the reason, she feels, that she became an editor in a literary-oriented publishing firm.
The untangling of all these tangled threads is slow but compelling, with Edie, her mother Meredith, the Sisters Blythe, and even the "minor" characters all coming to matter deeply.
This was great. It has it all, mystery, romance, dreams, horror, family conflict, just, everything. I loved it and wish more writers could write so well. Thank you Kate Morton. I've read other Kate Morton's; this is my favorite so far.
One of Morton's best novels yet. Fantastic twists and turns as readers hop from present day Cornwall to the 1930s and back again. Morton's subtle clues and red herrings leave the reader guessing until the very end.
Exquisite prose, rich characters, and a fascinating mystery to boot! Beyond the delectable word-smithing, the author did a fantastic job of weaving together an intricate plot from 3 time periods and two points of view, resplendent with dark family secrets and ambiance. Highly recommended!
I had to listen twice to really catch it all. sometimes I got lost in which character was telling the story. but overall a good read and recommend. the author is good at keeping you guessing.
I have listened to all the books by Kate & Caroline and loved them all. Of all the books though this one was a little lower on my list of MUSTS!
I think the ending was good but since I've listened to so many of Kate Morton's books I was able to predict it. She has a similar style and theme in most of her books that I wasn't "shocked" like I was in The Secret Keeper! That one got me hook, line and sinker.
I actually look for my books because of her first! I almost can't stand to listen to anyone else because she's truly the best out there by far.
Oh yes it was worth listening too. I love how simple and beautiful Kate Morton writes and of course narration of the book is perfectly done by C. Lee.
Anything you can find narrated by Caroline Lee (L. Moriarty books) and Kate Morton books are all winners. Kate Morton is just amazing. I get lost in her sentences.