Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.
But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace Rutherford - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early 20th century - as well as a cliff-top cottage on the other side of the world, Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell, on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
©2008 Kate Morton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
"This debut page-turner...recounts the crumbling of a prominent British family as seen through the eyes of one of its servants....Morton triumphs with a riveting plot, a touching but tense love story and a haunting ending." (Publishers Weekly)
This book has a great story line the narrators ability to use different voice is terrific. it all came together to give you a plot you would not expect.. YOU MUST READ!!!!!!!!! or listen.
Your money will not be wasted. I hope that Kate Morton has more books. And living in Queensland Australia I know the places Kate writes about. I will be listening to it again.
Despite trying to push myself, I didn't make it through the third part of this book. It's getting great reviews and initially I agree, the story/mystery is intriguing at first and kept me interested for days. Around part II though, the annoying romantic male characters started to make this one drag for me. The mystery is just TOO long drawn out, and when I started to see how it was going to play out I just stopped listening. For all I know there might be a surprise ending, but I seriously couldn't push myself any more.
The choices of the author in telling the story in bits and pieces creates suspense and mystery and makes you want to keep on listening!
It was a very good audio book. The performance was well done. The only difficulty was that it skips around a bit, which made it more difficult to follow in audio form sometimes, but the narrator helped with that.
A Series of Unlikely Coincidences
Overall, I vastly enjoyed the book. I think it was an interesting story, and Morton did a good job of telling an epic tale that spanned generations. In the end, I thought everything wrapped up a bit too neatly, and I am not sure that I every really ended up liking any of the characters though their actions and motivations were understandable. I would listen to or read other books by this author or read by this narrator.
This was only my second audio book and now I'm hooked, because of the way the story kept me enthralled every minute.
This would be a spoiler,but when we find out the true parentage off the little girl.
i listened out of order part 2 first didnt know till the end when i started part one but it is writen in 3 time frames so the skipping around was not so out of order but you wouldnt want to listen to part 3 first or your head would spin as the peices of the puzzle begin to fall into place i wouldnt call it inspirational as far as content !not a childs story ! but not graffic or strogly sugestive but some of the content would not be fit for young readers complicated to explain but i enjoyed the book greatly and will listen agian after i get over the stunning story of Eliza Makepeace and the preformance flowed well did not bore or erritate
I really enjoyed this book and how it fired my imagination. It was sometimes difficult to follow the jumping time lines within the story, but easy enough to get back on track. The narrator had some accent slips between the Australian accent and the British, but it wasn't too distracting.
I really enjoyed the tale that Morton wove and it had just enough twists and turns and mystery about it that I enjoyed working with the characters to figure out the details.
I found this book to be a real treasure. I am sure I will listen to it again. The book is intriguing, but not complicated.The characters are well developed, and enjoyable.The book moves at nice pace, interesting all the way through.
I wasn't sure at first -- then the book really started to develop. I was sure I had figured out the ending when it took a twist. It twisted around even again. Loved the book and I thought it very well done. Definitely recommended.
This is a story that takes you through mutiple generations in an attempt to seek ones true identity. Expect to be kept interested. Expect the unexpected. Just when you think you got it.... a new discovery.... a new revelation proves otherwise. For me Lisa was my favorite character. A women full of compassion and love but seen differently and treated badly yet still giving. This book does take you back and forth between generations so be prepared for that aspect of it. Get past that and you have a book that you have a hard time putting down.
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