Kate Morton’s debut novel, The House at Riverton, is a gothic mystery set in England between the world wars. The main character, Grace Bradley, is a servant in the house, and the story of what happened to the Hartford family’s daughters is told through her eyes. Within this novel we see things changing: the struggles of the landed gentry, technological innovation, old traditions going by the wayside, and changes for women including their roles in society. All this comes to a head as Grace and the Hartford women make decisions that will affect their lives forever.
While I’ve enjoyed Morton other books, this one was kind of a sleeper for me. It was very slow for me to get into, the characters seemed distant, and the story didn’t draw me in as much as I would have liked. But it was a first novel. We already know Morton has grown as an author.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2007
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