I rushed to buy "The House at Riverton" right after I read Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden
and I'm glad I did. It's one of those books that pull you into their world, which is so detailed and atmospheric, that you really don't want to leave. That's if you're into "period pieces", because even though this novel travels back and forth in time as the narrator's memory unfolds, the main story still takes place at Riverton House in the 1920s. Morton tells the stories of the inhabitants of Riverton House, both above and below the stairs, in a very well researched way, that makes you feel that this is indeed a first hand account by someone who was really there.
I would not describe this novel as a romance, it's more the story of a whole household struggling to ignore and then come to terms with changing times that dictate a change of ways no one is ready for. Grace, the narrator, cannot tell the stories of Hannah and Emmeline without telling her own and she does so in the setting of pre and post WW1 Britain.
I'm looking forward to the next read by Kate Morton.