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 ...
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
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kept you wanting to know what happens next and entertwining the years back and forth so you would know what was going on and at the end it finally all comes together with a surpise ending
Aug 11, 2011
Simplistic, typical romance story. Can we have a heroine who does not have red hair and green eyes?
Mar 25, 2011
A great read! A couple of wet afternoons and it was finished. Thoroughly recommend.
Jan 26, 2011
At first, the jumping back and forth in time to tell the stories of multiple charachters drove me a little bit crazy. But it didn't take very many chapters to start feeling pulled in by the complexity of the story. The characters were vivid and well-drawn and human. And I liked the brief cameo by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
My only complaint with the story is that I figured out enough by about 2/3 of the way through that I wasn't really surprised by anything at the conclusion. Some of the details of what I thought would occur were different, and some things I wanted to have happen didn't, and certain characters were either more or less menacing than I expected. Despite that, I enjoyed getting there. Kate Morton is a very talented writer, and she made the story enjoyable to the end.
Apr 17, 2010
Forgotten garden is unforgettable
I purchased this book after reading the authors first book.
The story didn't disappoint, a great mix between three different times, beautifully woven together.
I wouldn't read it if you don't have the time to be focussed on a few chapters at a time, otherwise you'll get a little lost!
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