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)
I found myself finding every excuse I could to continue listening to this book. Interesting concept, great narration and a satisfying ending. Now, I am just sorry it is finished.
I simply loved this book. Page one grabbed me so hard I actually thought I felt it.
Every character was so beautifully drawn I can see them all in my mind.
I almost hope they don't make a movie of it which could spoil my images.
The garden, the coastline, the black rock, the house, the cottage, I have to keep
reminding myself that I have never actually seen these places!
Oh reader, enjoy.
Kate Morton is my new favorite author. The cover of the book inspired me to read it. It just grabbed me and pulled me right in. I could not put it down. Then, when I found out it was on Audible.com I couldn't wait to have it read to me. WOW I loved this book. Great story and mystery! Now I'm on to read her next book! Oh, one more fun thing to do to listen to this book. After downloading the book onto my ipod, I plugged it into the AUX outlet of my car stereo and listened to it while driving. It comes right up on the FM station and is wonderful!!!!!! What will they think of next! I love technology! This will be so fun to do on vacation trips now. Can't wait to go somewhere!
This story moves back and forth through time and location, so one needs to pay attention. However, that's what makes it charming and enthralling. I found this very entertaining.
This is a captivating book about trying to find one self in the origins, but as it will be revealed, we are the people we chose to be if we concentrate on the positive side of the past. It is a story of envy and jealousy, of pretenses and hatred, a story of love and dedication, a story of generations.
A wonderful book that made me ponder about what secrets lie in my past. It is Whimsical and Mysterious; by the end of the book you feel as if you know the characters as one would a dear friend. Caroline Lee brings a life to the book that is endearing. Her reading is a perfect match for this novel. This book is for the young at heart. Those without a sense of wonderment need not read.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow in the beginning but don't despair! It picks up quickly and carries through to the end. I highly recommend this if you like similar books such as The Kitchen House, The Thirteenth Tale and The Help.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I really liked this story. It was very interesting the way things unfold and you finally know the whole story of Nell and her life. It was a little unusual. I don't know if this book really knew which direction it wanted to go. Sometimes it strays off the main story quite a bit. Sometimes it was a mystery about Nell and her past. Sometimes it is a sad love story. It jumps a lot from 3 different time periods and if you miss the first statement of the date you may have to go back a few seconds to figure out where and when you are in the story. Thank heavens for book marks! It is disjointed enough that if you lose your place you may have to go way back to figure out where you are. It ends up telling the story of Nell, her mother and grandmother as well as the present story with her granddaughter. Overall though, I liked it
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