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.Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent twenties, The House at Riverton is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.?In honeyed tones Caroline Lee offers up the memories of Grace Bradley... Lee's reading is intelligent and sympathetic? ? AudioFile Magazine
If you like period stories, this is a good one. The narrator's voice is pleasant to listen to and she is good at all the accents. The secrets are revealed in pieces so the suspense is maintained until the end. Note to author: I would like to read more about Grace and Alfred's story (hint).
Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia, and is writing her third novel.