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 ten 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 twentieth 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. Reviews for The House at Riverton (also known as The Shifting Fog): 'A stunning must-read story that's set for stardom' — Woman's Day magazine '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
Well written, kept my interest, wonderful characters. Definately will read this author again!
This book ranks, without a doubt, with Rebecca, The Thorn Birds, and Wuthering Heights, especially in terms of not only merit, but how it attaches to you and remains after the last page. The title does the book a disservice... it's not nearly indicative enough of its engrossing power. It sounds sweet... I almost passed it by because of the title. This is the book's only flaw. If I actually got started with an actual review, I would never stop. I also enjoyed The House at Riverton, but maybe because I read The Forgotten Garden first, I place it higher, but Riverton is just as well-crafted. Kate Morton ties with JK Rowling for the author who is everything I want to be myself as a writer. I can't wait for her new book in November!
A little slow to start,and confusing when the point of view changes from the early 1900's, to the mid 70's, and then 2005. The basic story is good, but required concentration to keep up with. Subtle hints of incest are never fully explained. The story should have been edited, it's a bit too long. Still, not a bad book to pass the time with.