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Riverton Manor. A grand English country house. Home to Hannah and Emmiline Hartford. Theirs a life of privilage, with all its finery and glittering society parties. Mystery and secrets. Love, loss and tragedy.
Here, hidden beneath the layers of time the ghosts of old memories are stirred.
Their story is told by Grace Bradley. One time housemaid at Riverton. As the tale unfolds a secret is about to emerge, something forgotten in the midsts of time but not as it seems by Grace...
There is just something in the way its written. I couldn't put it down and was disappointed once I'd finished it. Realizing there was nothing more to learn about the lives of Hannah, Emm and Grace.
A book which will stay with you long after it has been returned once more to the shelf!
The character development is very gradual, which cleverly kept me enthralled as there was always little bits of information being given within the narrative.
All through the book the suspense is kept very high as you know from the beginnning that something dramatic is going to happen but are not quite sure how until the very last few pages.
As Grace slips towards death, the book increases the emotion until I could not put it down.
Would recommend to anyone.
I am not easy to please, as those who've seen any of my other reviews will have noticed; but this is a good book. I do think the author was a little self-consciously writing it with a view to seeing it become a 'Gosford Park' type film and the story is actually made into a film during the book.
I did guess quite early on what the secret of Grace's birth was, and a little later on just who her father actually was. It didn't matter a bit that I had done so - Grace herself is such an engaging narrator that I was happy to go on the journey of discovery with her, at her pace.
The other 'secret' around the sisters and the poet was a little harder to work out, but was quite satisfyingly revealed at the end of the book.
The period detail is excellent. The book is set at a time of great transition; a fascinating time in our recent past.
If you enjoyed 'Gosford Park', you will love this too. The whole 'upstairs, downstairs' set up, the stately home, the aristocracy and the nouveau riche, the wild 20's and the gradual liberation of women are all encompassed in this novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and it made me cry too.
I would recommend this book.
I liked Grace and particularly enjoyed the author's ability to make an elderly lady so alive and real, not simply a charicature of what an elderly lady should be.
The most glaring of errors in it for me, was Grace's very belated realisation of who her father was, it was transparently evident to the reader at a very early stage of the book, whether this was intentional or not on the author's part I'm not sure, maybe she wanted us to know while Grace didn't? It was frustrating to read though and the point of realisation made me just want to shake her!
It did provide me with a better understanding of how the old class system of upstairs/downstairs survived as long as it did, something that is hard for our society now to get to grips with was made more understandable in this book - I thought the author did a good job of this.
It was, to summarise, a pleasant but not earth shattering read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very evocative novel. She's a new author to me and I shall certainly be reading more of her booksPublished 1 month ago by Chrystabel Austin
This was disappointing. It was slow, poorly written, sprinkled with errors (the nursery was on the 2nd floor, yet it had French windows. Really? Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. A. Mcnally
Great read. Kept you wondering throughout how things were going to turn out.Published 2 months ago by Emma
Great book although very sad endings for most of the characters. Couldn't put this book down! I absolutely adored the main character GracePublished 2 months ago by Misslem
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