The House at Riverton: A Novel

by Kate Morton | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1416550534 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingheartthumperwing of Hutchinson, Kansas USA on 3/1/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by wingheartthumperwing from Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Saturday, March 01, 2014
Found at the used book store. Love that place!

Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.

In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they -- and Grace -- know the truth.

In 1999, when Grace is ninety-eight years old and living out her last days in a nursing home, she is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer. She takes Grace back to Riverton House and reawakens her memories. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever.

The novel is full of secrets -- some revealed, others hidden forever, reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. It is also a meditation on memory, the devastation of war and a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history.

Journal Entry 2 by wingheartthumperwing at Wrap It Up Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Journal Entry 3 by dreammer at Batavia, Ohio USA on Tuesday, August 09, 2016
This came home in my wrap it up bookbox. We will be reading and then passing along shortly.

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