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 is my first listen of a Kate Morton novel. I will watch for her others. Strong characters, great back and forth between generations. Very enjoyable.
This book is a pastiche of different literary genres - I think. I could not find any saving graces. The monotonous narration rounded out a waste of an Audible credit!
This is a luminescent work. It unfolds layer after layer. You think you have it and suddenly the story becomes something entirely different. It resolves in a most satisfactory way no thread left unpulled. Great work.
This well written novel weaves together multiple time periods, life stories, and "mysteries" with well developed characters, plausible twists and turns, and great intrigue. I didn't want this story to end; I hated to part with the characters!
This book has a complex plot that involves some flash backs back and forth. There are many characters but it is very well written. Interesting story. Full of life. I HIGHLY recommend it.
I am so glad I downloaded this book, while it wasn't that deep it was a thoroughly enjoyable tale. I liked all 3 heroines, the story wasn't too predictable, and the pace moved along just fine for me. I plan to download Ms. Morton's earlier book since I liked this one so much. A definite recommend from me!
This was a good book. the only problem was with each chapter, you were thrust into another decade or life... it was very disconcerting to be gracefully coasting along in a gracious decade, only to be wrenched from it at the next chapter, over and over and over. I loved the characters but surely a more seamless trip over time could have been achieved in some way.
this book did not captivate my attention at any time. It was written at a level which did not deserve to be rated as it was. A great disappointment
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