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. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.
Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent 20s, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.
An alternate title for this novel is The House at Riverton.
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Unfortunately hadn't realized "The Shifting Fog" is the same / alternate title for "The House at Riverton." Great book / wonderful narration but wish Audible had indicated that I had already purchased the same book under an alternate title.
I love long, wandering stories that are well-read. Caroline Lee is wonderful, and the story is very nice. This is my second Kate Morton book, both having been read by Caroline Lee. Even though they are long, it's always sad when they end.
I've listened to all of her books on audible and this was my second favorite, though a little more dark than the rest.
Absolutely. Intriguing storyline that makes you want to keep listening
Any Kate Morton book.
Grace - she held so many secrets. I don't think dinner would make her talk!! Maybe she will talk about the downstair,
Interestingly, The House at Riverton is EXACTLY the same book - just a different title.
Like some of the other reviews, it took me a couple of tries to get into this book. Jumping back and forth from the past to the present was a little confusing. However, it didn't take long before I was hooked. Great story!
I loved the story within the story. The Shifting Fog tells the story of a Manor House in Essex during WW1 in the early 1920's, told from the perspective of Grace Bradley, a housemaid, now 98 and living in a retirement community in 1999. When Grace finds out that a film is being made of a tragic event at the house - the suicide of a young poet who fought in the war - she recounts her memories leading up to that night, and the part she played in it.
Other books that remind me of The Shifting Fog are The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, Duet, The Winter Sea, and The Secret Keeper.
Caroline Lee brings a depth to the characters and the story that you just wouldn't experience if you read the book rather than listen to it.
I thought Hannah was the most memorable character in this book because she had all the wonderful tragic flaws you end up loving about them.
The story of the past ... a past painstakingly researched and communicated to us in such beautiful words and organization. This is a story of being human and how our choices can lead to unintended results. I hated to have it end. This is my favorite Kate Morton story ... Grace is my favorite character to date...and I have read all Kate's stories. I can't wait till a new one is available.
The character of Grace. She was so developed and believable as she told this story. You feel as if you know her and hate to see the story end. Also, how Kate Morton builds the story and tells it. She is a magnificent storyteller. Yes, she is detailed and sets each scene so carefully ... it's why you become so involved with her characters and understand them. I love history, and she gives us historical background so well.
I love the way she reads the story. I like her accents. I could listen to her forever and never get tired of her voice.
Absolutely. I just never have the time to do so.
Read this book ... if you liked Kate Morton's other stories, I think you will love this one.
I really enjoyed this dramatic story with excellent narration by Caroline Lee. I have recommended it to friends who might enjoy this Downton Abbeyesque story
This is the same story as The House at Riverton, just a different title.
This is a long audio, and it isn't one to listen to in a marathon sitting. It's a story to savor and let the narration take you back to 1920's England
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is an enjoyable listen . . . but doesn't come close to The Secret Keeper and The Forgotten Garden, in my opinion. I got tired listening, but did stick with it until the end. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the WWI era in England, but the book could have been much shorter and been better. The Shifting Fog lacked the magical qualities of Kate Morton's other books and I missed the unfolding mystery of the other two books that I've listened to. The ending didn't leave me nearly as satisfied either.
Takes you on a journey of the differences in the class of early UK life for staff of great houses, an enjoyable soft story. Great narration as well...
"Slow in places"
Not quite sure about this one. I enjoyed it but had it not been for a reasonably satisfactory ending I would have only given it 3 stars. It was very slow in places and I didn't quite see the the need for so much of the present time. The whole story was about a previous era. I could have done with much smaller amounts of the present day. All in all an ok listen but couldn't heartily recommend it
The first part of the story set in a large country house was interesting and kept me listening. However once the story moved to London the bordom set in and by the end I really hoped all the characters met an unpleasant painful death.
Grace the maid.
The description of life below stairs pre 1914.
The most boring book I have ever listened to.
"Absorbing tale "
Love Morton's stories, this one is no exception, well researched and gets the mood so right. You feel like you are watching all as it unfolds.
This took me through the period and events of the time effortlessly. Loved it a lot .
Good story well read. Characters well interpreted. Like this authors books. will be looking out for more of same.
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