Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

The cover description of The House at Riverton, says this novel is “reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier”. As an old fan of Rebecca, I was immediately intrigued and very satisfactorily pleased in the reading. It does remind me of du Maurier’s famous book made into a movie; haunting, romantic, mysterious and full of secrets.

The story opens in 1999 when Grace Bradley is living out the remainder of her days in a nursing home. When she was just a girl, before the first World War, Grace went to work as a servant in the House at Riverton and forever her life was linked with the lives of the family and servants there. In 1924, a young poet committed suicide at a party held at the House but only Hannah and Emmeline, the young Riverton daughters, and Grace herself knew the truth of this incident.

Now in her late nineties, Grace is visited by a young director who plans to make a film about the events of that fateful summer of ’24. Back at Riverton for a visit, old memories are awakened in Grace and she tells the story of her life, flashing back to the days of her youth, then as a young woman and the many changes that have taken place during her lifetime.

This is a masterful story of deception and mystery with all the trappings of historical fiction set in the early part of the 1900’s and beyond. You will not want to miss The House at Riverton!

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