Monday 6 August 2018

Six Weeks of Summer Reads: Week Three


I love shouting about books I've loved, and what better excuse is there to jump up and down waving a book you think everyone should read than the summer?

Over the course of the summer holidays, I'm going to be sharing one fab read a week. They won't necessarily be your typical beach reads, simply books I've adored recently and want to share with anyone who will listen.
And as I'm always on the look out for more books to add to the TBR pile, I'd love to hear your recommendations too! Share the book love either on my blog posts or get in touch on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #sixweeksofsummerreads :)


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.
Although The House at Riverton was published back in 2007, I only read it a few weeks ago. It was my first Kate Morton book but it definitely won't be my last (I already have another - The Forgotten Garden - waiting on my TBR list).
The book is a duel timeline novel, taking place over the 1920s and the late 90s, which is a format I think works really well, especially when there is an old mystery to uncover. I loved Kate Morton's style and found myself really sinking into the story.
It's a descriptive book that draws you into the time period and I could picture the house and the family and staff vividly. I don't usually go for overly descriptive books as I find it slows the plot down, but I was happy to allow the writing to paint a full picture for me and I didn't feel as though the book suffered for it. It's quite a hefty book and I did take my time reading it, but I enjoyed every single page and was sad when it ended.

Have you read The House at Riverton? What did you think?

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