Advance reader reviews of The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.

The House at Riverton

By Kate Morton

The House at Riverton
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2008,
    480 pages.

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  • Irene (Ashland OR)


    The House at Riverton
    A wonderful novel!

    The setting (1900-1924) and the place (Riverton House in the English countryside) are well researched and have a definite feeling of authenticity.
    The characters are all caught, unsuspecting at first, in a changing time between two wars; politics, ambitions, attitudes toward women, their place in society and the suffragette movement all play a part in their lives. Both major and minor characters have secrets, which lead the reader to many questions, some answered and some not answered.

    The story alternates between the past and the present (1999) from the perspective of the main character, Grace, who begins as a servant girl at age 14 and dying at age 98, In her last hours she shares with the reader the secret she has kept for 75 years.
    This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. I look forward to more of Kate Morton’s work in the near future.
  • Shirley (Batavia IL)


    The House At Riverton
    A superficial novel, never developing the characters enough to encourage interest in them or their plight. Dialogue too monotonous to allow imagination. One feels on the verge of interest when the plot is redirected leaving one searching to rekindle caring. Although the premise evokes intrigue, it ends up reading like a book for a teenage girl. There is a good story here that a more skilled writer could make into a page turner.
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