The House at Riverton: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 22, 2008 - Fiction - 480 pages
11 Reviews
The House at Riverton is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.

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.

Originally published to critical acclaim in Australia, already sold in ten countries and a #1 bestseller in England, The House at Riverton is a vivid, page-turning novel of suspense and passion, with characters -- and an ending -- the reader won't soon forget.
 

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The House at Riverton

User Review  - Anonymous - Target

This is a very compelling read. Just like the other two Kate Morton books, this involves a mystery that the reader learns in bits and pieces. Although well written and enjoyable I was very disturbed ... Read full review

One of the Best books this year!

User Review  - Michelle W. - Borders

What an amazing book this is! Not since The Thirteenth Tale have i been moved so much by a new novelist. This book has everything, suspense, murder, romance, and history. Read full review

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Contents

The Nursery
17
Waiting for the Recital
39
All Good Things
55
Saffron High Street
72
In the West
84
Until We Meet Again
109
The Twelfth of July
135
The Fall of Icarus
152
The Ball and After
252
Catching Butterflies
269
Down the Rabbit Hole
291
In the Depths
307
Resurrection
327
The Choice
344
The Beginning of the End
411
Riverton Revisited
422

The Photograph
176
Bankers
189
The Dinner
208
A Suitable Husband
230
Slipping Out of Time
443
The End
450
The Letter
468
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Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.

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