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Kathryn

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  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1783)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Engrossing love story and view of the early 1920s"
    Overall

    A finely detailed novel told from the present by the central character with long flashbacks to the time of the events. This was done so well it actually added to the understanding of the story. This is not a "quick" read but a delicious view of English life at the finish of WWI and the early 1920s.
    The further I got into the story the more I felt as though I was living at the same time with the characters. It was uncanny. You began to understand the impact of the social mores of the time and the clashing changes brought about by the war.
    Initially I found the narrator a bit difficult to follow so far as which character was which. However, once you get the relationships and such straight, the narrator does a great job of putting you in the middle of the story. I was sorry to have it end and would have loved to hear even more about the central character's life. I'd even like to re-listen to see which bits I overlooked that might have foreshadowed the various events.
    If you are into unabridged, thoroughly detailed novels this is definitely for you!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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