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A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows. In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Ed A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows. In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets? Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.


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A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows. In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Ed A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows. In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets? Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

30 review for The Clockmaker's Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    You know you’re a baller when your name is bigger than the title🙌🤗 - - - - - - - - - When the queen writes it, you read it. Kate Morton is my number one favorite author - I have read every one of her books and will read her grocery list if I had the option. She is the author I recommend above anyone else. Her lyrical, magical writing is a thing of beauty and such a gift. I admire her tremendously. Admittedly, this is not my favorite of Ms. Morton’s (may I recommend The Secret Keeper and The Lake Ho You know you’re a baller when your name is bigger than the title🙌🤗 - - - - - - - - - When the queen writes it, you read it. Kate Morton is my number one favorite author - I have read every one of her books and will read her grocery list if I had the option. She is the author I recommend above anyone else. Her lyrical, magical writing is a thing of beauty and such a gift. I admire her tremendously. Admittedly, this is not my favorite of Ms. Morton’s (may I recommend The Secret Keeper and The Lake House), but is still a beautiful masterpiece. I admire not only the exquisite writing but also the attention to detail and great amount of historical research, oftentimes seeped in tragedy, that clearly goes into her books. This is a difficult book to summarize as it is extremely intricate in its plotting and development with multiple characters, timelines, and points of view. Yet I have to say I simply adored every single storyline and couldn’t wait to see how they would converge. If you are a fan of historical fiction, look no further. Kate Morton is your gal. 4.5 stars Thank you to Atria for my advance copy. This book is now available!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Find your favorite reading spot, grab your beverage of choice, (actually this would be the perfect book to read in front of a fireplace, wrapped in a quilt, watching the snow or rain fall, but I didn't have those choices) and let Kate Morton transport you to Birchwood Manor on the Thames. Yes, she has written about another house, a house that has witnessed great love and unbearable loss, a house that is the repository of many a secret. An immersive, and seductive read, albeit a leisurely one. A Find your favorite reading spot, grab your beverage of choice, (actually this would be the perfect book to read in front of a fireplace, wrapped in a quilt, watching the snow or rain fall, but I didn't have those choices) and let Kate Morton transport you to Birchwood Manor on the Thames. Yes, she has written about another house, a house that has witnessed great love and unbearable loss, a house that is the repository of many a secret. An immersive, and seductive read, albeit a leisurely one. A Gothic tale, where past and present meet, where there is someone who has witnessed it all, unable to leave. Lush settings, and fantastic period detail. Of impressions of people on places throughout history. Many characters who tell their stories, not in alternate chapters as is usual in these type of dual timeline stories, but in a brilliant rendering of the blending of time on this house that has witnessed so much. The stories of the present and the past bleed into each other, until the connections between them are revealed. I loved it, I think Morton has outdone herself here. This is not a novel to be rushed through, but one to sink into and enjoy. Many characters, but it is not necessary, maybe a little impossible, to remember and place them all in their timelines, all will become clear. Patience, dear reader. There is art, a mystery, a disappearance of a beautiful gemstone and a beloved person. There are bereft children, sans parents, and a few young girls who each hold a key to unraveling the story. The resolution may not please all, but I found it fitting, some houses may never give up all their secrets. The prose is wonderful, insightful and many that are quotable. I had a few favorites but could have found many more. "Human beings are curators. Each polishes his or her own favored memories, in order to create a narrative that pleases. Some events are repared and polished for display; others are deemed unworthy and cast aside, shelved below ground in the overflowing storeroom of the mind. The process is not dishonest: it is the only way people can live with themselves and the weight of their experiences. "Parents and children. The simplest relationship in the world and yet the most complex. One generation passes to the next a suitcase filled with jumbled jigsaw pieces from countless puzzles collected over time and says, "See what you can make out of these." The above are a few I loved, believe me there are many more. ARC from Edelweiss.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4.5 sublime stars to The Clockmaker’s Daughter! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟.5 Told in dual storylines, the first is set in 1862. Edward Radcliffe, an esteemed artist, organizes a group of other young artists to holiday at Birchwood Manor on the Thames. Their objective is to laze away the summer among inspiration and exercising their creativity. What happens instead is a murder, a disappearance, and a missing heirloom. In the present, Elodie Winslow is an archivist living in London. She runs across two items that she 4.5 sublime stars to The Clockmaker’s Daughter! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟.5 Told in dual storylines, the first is set in 1862. Edward Radcliffe, an esteemed artist, organizes a group of other young artists to holiday at Birchwood Manor on the Thames. Their objective is to laze away the summer among inspiration and exercising their creativity. What happens instead is a murder, a disappearance, and a missing heirloom. In the present, Elodie Winslow is an archivist living in London. She runs across two items that she cannot shake, a photograph of an alluring woman and a drawing of a house on a river. Somehow Elodie feels connected to these objects. But how? I’m a fan of Kate Morton. It started with The Forgotten Garden and never ended. Her books are long, they are in rich in details, and it takes some time to wade through; but the experience is like wading through the most pristine, sheer tropical blue waters, enveloped in glorious details that enrich the story and do not detract or weigh down (or push back) the delight. It especially takes some time for the pieces of The Clockmaker’s Daughter to take shape and fall in line. But when they do, the pace quickens, and the story is as engaging as one would hope. It’s a murder mystery with wholesome and resonant themes of love and loss. Someone special, alluded to in the synopsis, witnessed all that has happened at Birchwood Manor over the years. She knows its harbored secrets and its most seductive love. The writing is insightful and unforgettable (many passages to highlight!). Will Birchwood Manor ever shed its shroud of secrets? Thank you to Atria Books for the physical copy. I was absolutely elated to receive a copy in the mail! All opinions are my own. I read this sublime book with five book friends: Melisa, Holly, Berit, Mackenzie, and Kendall. What an experience it was!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    4.5 Stars Captivating, mysterious and spellbinding! KATE MORTON once again put me under her spell with her fabulous new novel THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER. The setting was just as bewitching as the storytelling! I absolutely loved the fantastical elements of this story, learning all the secrets hidden in Birchwood Manor and the character connections to the ghostly presence of Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter which was so pivotal to the story for me. I love me a good ghost story! THE CLOCKMAKER’ 4.5 Stars Captivating, mysterious and spellbinding! KATE MORTON once again put me under her spell with her fabulous new novel THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER. The setting was just as bewitching as the storytelling! I absolutely loved the fantastical elements of this story, learning all the secrets hidden in Birchwood Manor and the character connections to the ghostly presence of Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter which was so pivotal to the story for me. I love me a good ghost story! THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER by KATE MORTON is an engrossing, wonderful, and breathtaking read here that offers many and such distinctive storylines that I found rather alluring and definitely appealed to me as a reader. I was immediately drawn into this gothic story and it fully captivated my thoughts while I was reading this book. KATE MORTON skillfully delivers an absolutely beautiful, richly detailed, complex and atmospheric read here that vastly intertwines different time periods and multiple characters together into one astounding and powerful story. Even though I had to closely pay attention to all the characters and how they were connected to the story and Birchwood Manor it did not take away how entertaining and enjoyable this story was for me. It was great storytelling and the whole story felt like I was doing just that reading a story! I have been craving for a story just like this one and it definitely delivered! Norma’s Stats: Cover: Eye-catching, stunning, pleasing, and grabbed my attention! That cover alone made me want to read this book and savour every word. A fitting representation to storyline and love how it played into the story so meaningfully. Title: Intriguing, pivotal, suspenseful, simple but yet an extremely fitting representation to the storyline. Even though The Clockmaker’s Daughter wasn’t necessarily a brilliant title, the ties that bind her to the story definitely was. Writing/Prose: Lyrical, insightful, engaging, beautiful, and detailed. Morton’s writing style is beautifully detailed and poetic but it definitely required my full attention though. I forgot how beautifully descriptive Morton writes! Once I was able to fully immerse myself in this tale though (which didn’t take very long) and had the feel with how it was written it was much easier for me to read. Plot: Suspenseful, mysterious, alluring, engrossing, steady-paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining. A little bit of patience goes a long way when reading this book! Ending: Bittersweet, satisfying, and ended with a bit of mystery. Although I found it to be extremely fitting. Overall: An irresistible, relaxing, delightful, suspenseful, and fabulous read! An epic historical tale that was a little challenging to read at times but oh so worth it! Would highly recommend! Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC to read and review! It was an absolute pleasure reading this fantastic novel! Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Kate Morton writes a beautiful piece of epic interconnected historical fiction, with a strong fantastical element, through the ages, with the focus on the rambling Birchwood Manor by the Thames. In 1862, the owner of the Manor, the gifted artist, Edward Radcliffe, and a group of bohemian artists spend the summer there, hoping to be artistically inspired. However, it all ends in catastrophe as a woman is murdered, plus the orphaned artistic muse, Birdie Bell, the clockmaker's daughter, disappears Kate Morton writes a beautiful piece of epic interconnected historical fiction, with a strong fantastical element, through the ages, with the focus on the rambling Birchwood Manor by the Thames. In 1862, the owner of the Manor, the gifted artist, Edward Radcliffe, and a group of bohemian artists spend the summer there, hoping to be artistically inspired. However, it all ends in catastrophe as a woman is murdered, plus the orphaned artistic muse, Birdie Bell, the clockmaker's daughter, disappears suspected of the theft and Edward's life is shattered into pieces. What really happened? In the present, a young London archivist on the cusp of getting married, Elodie Winslow, is trawling through the archives of James Stratton, and in a leather satchel finds a photograph of a Victorian woman and a sketchbook with the drawing of a home by the river, which somehow feels familiar. With multiple narrators, we learn of the history of Birchwood Manor, those who have resided there through the generations and their lives, intrigue and difficulties, throughout with the ghostly presence of Birdie Bell. All these disparate stories over time come to connect. Elodie delves into the mystery of the items in the satchel, unaware of her personal family connection and how her investigations will impact on her future and personal life. This is a story of Birchwood Manor, murder, mystery, theft, secrets, lies, art, love, loss and both world wars. The author gives us rich historical details in a narrative that goes back and forth in time in this atmospheric and complex tale. I found this novel entertaining and absorbing if a trifle over long. Many thanks to Panmacmillan for an ARC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    A romantic love story, a mystery and a murder Birchwood Manor is located near the Thames and it is at the center of this story and it also holds the truth about what happened one summer in 1862. The house is like a character and has "a voice" that whispers to the reader and makes connections that won't be revealed until later. I kept asking myself, "who is speaking"? That will be revealed later. The story spans from the 1860's to present day and artist, Edward Radcliffe is at the heart of the my A romantic love story, a mystery and a murder Birchwood Manor is located near the Thames and it is at the center of this story and it also holds the truth about what happened one summer in 1862. The house is like a character and has "a voice" that whispers to the reader and makes connections that won't be revealed until later. I kept asking myself, "who is speaking"? That will be revealed later. The story spans from the 1860's to present day and artist, Edward Radcliffe is at the heart of the mystery.  He has found the love of his life, but will his heart will be broken? This part of the story felt old-fashioned and romantic. The characters in the present day story felt very modern and I was intrigued to find out what the connections between past and present were. This is my first Kate Morton book and it was such an atmospheric, detailed and absorbing tale. There was intrigue, mystery and a rich setting that I could picture perfectly in my mind. I thought the characters were interesting and I wanted to learn what would happen to them in the end. This is not a fast paced page-turner, it is more like a slow brewing mystery. I took my time and enjoyed this one. Yes, there are lots of characters and two time periods, but the author was able to capture my imagination. I wanted to keep turning the pages to learn the secrets of the mansion. I also enjoyed gathering the many clues that were revealed along the way. I enjoyed getting immersed in the characters and unraveling the extensive plot. The rich details of this beautifully written novel were an added bonus. Thanks to Atria for my copy.  Review will post to my blog on publication date 10/09/2018.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Well, I guess you can tell from my rating that this wasn’t my favorite book by Morton, but it wasn’t bad. Maybe my expectations were simply not in the right place, but I had a difficult time following the jumping timelines and in turn, connecting with the characters. I’ll think on this one a bit more before writing a full review, but fans of her previous work might be appreciative to know going into this that it’s a bit different than her other novels. Full review to come. *I received a review c Well, I guess you can tell from my rating that this wasn’t my favorite book by Morton, but it wasn’t bad. Maybe my expectations were simply not in the right place, but I had a difficult time following the jumping timelines and in turn, connecting with the characters. I’ll think on this one a bit more before writing a full review, but fans of her previous work might be appreciative to know going into this that it’s a bit different than her other novels. Full review to come. *I received a review copy from the publisher.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A beautifully told story about a house, a love, and a ghost.... This is my third Kate Morton book and just as her previous books were this book was a slow burn... some books are a quick little getaway this book was a journey... The journey of a house and it’s ghost, through many decades and many eyes.... an old-fashioned love story, a contemporary mystery, and so much inbetween... This story really is like a complicated and beautiful weaving... at the beginning there are so many threads none of A beautifully told story about a house, a love, and a ghost.... This is my third Kate Morton book and just as her previous books were this book was a slow burn... some books are a quick little getaway this book was a journey... The journey of a house and it’s ghost, through many decades and many eyes.... an old-fashioned love story, a contemporary mystery, and so much inbetween... This story really is like a complicated and beautiful weaving... at the beginning there are so many threads none of them seeming to be connected.... but as Kate Morton begins to work the loom and weave the story together, a beautiful picture is formed... just remember when you pick this book up sometimes weaving takes some patients and effort, but the end result is so worth it! A love story, a ghost story, a murder, a theft, a complex plot.... this book is crammed full of interesting characters with interesting lives and if I’m being completely honest sometimes we did not get to explore those lives as thoroughly as I would have liked.... The two constant characters in this book were unlikely, the house and the ghost... both were extremely engaging and intriguing, and both had a story of their own... and as the characters traveled in and out of this house through time we really saw them through the eyes of the House and the ghost... an extremely well done go story, it will make you a believer, it really was never over the top.... a perfect addition to an October read.... As much as I appreciated this book when I finished... I have to admit it was a little tough to get into in the beginning... there are a lot of characters and it seemed a little jarring and disjointed, but I had to trust... trust that Kate Morton would bring this all together and at about 30% she really did, The picture began to come together.... and at the end of the book it was quite an exquisite picture indeed! Absolutely recommend to fans of this author and to those of you who have the patience and passion for a complex book that spans many lives and a century and a half ... *** A huge thank you to Atria for my copy ***

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    The discovery of an old photograph kicks off this account about the inhabitants of a manor house which eventually contains a mannerly prescence. An archivist, archeologist, painter and pick pocket are among the people that pepper this tale. Moving between the late 1850’s, early 1860’s, post WWI, WWII and the summer of 2017, Morton’s plot is typically dense and contains a wide variety of characters with fuzzy familial and tangential relationships. Some characters are introduced only to have their The discovery of an old photograph kicks off this account about the inhabitants of a manor house which eventually contains a mannerly prescence. An archivist, archeologist, painter and pick pocket are among the people that pepper this tale. Moving between the late 1850’s, early 1860’s, post WWI, WWII and the summer of 2017, Morton’s plot is typically dense and contains a wide variety of characters with fuzzy familial and tangential relationships. Some characters are introduced only to have their storylines dropped or underdeveloped. This highly anticipated novel will, no doubt, thrill Morton’s fans. Initially I was engaged but ultimately I was not overly enthused.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sister

    Traveling Sisters Group Read This was my first book by Kate Morton and I really didn’t know what to expect from one of her books. I went into this one with a few other books on the go and I found out there are a few things you might need to know when you read The Clockmaker’s Daughter. This is a story to savor every beautifully written detail and the story and characters need focus and attention. The story spans over 150 years and many themes are explored here and there is an extensive amount of c Traveling Sisters Group Read This was my first book by Kate Morton and I really didn’t know what to expect from one of her books. I went into this one with a few other books on the go and I found out there are a few things you might need to know when you read The Clockmaker’s Daughter. This is a story to savor every beautifully written detail and the story and characters need focus and attention. The story spans over 150 years and many themes are explored here and there is an extensive amount of characters being introduced through this atmospheric setting. The characters are interesting and engaging and ones you really want to take the time to get to know. This one makes for a perfect buddy read or group read. We highly recommend for group reads. We really enjoyed our discussion and it was so great to share in the excitement with each other over this one. This is a story to really get lost in. It’s the perfect one to find to cozy up in your favorite reading spot with your choice of beverage, ignore the world and lock yourself into this story. Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me a ARC to read and review! It was an absolute pleasure reading this fantastic novel! For more reviews from the Traveling Sister, please check out our blog https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...

  11. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    4★ “Kitty wore her cynicism well, but Leonard had known her before the war and he could see all the stitches that were holding the costume together.” Kitty and Leonard are just one of several generations of characters Morton introduces us to, all connected to Birchwood Manor at one time or other in their lives. Some characters were taken there as children, some have met each other there, some have stumbled across it in their travels, and we know someone has died there. In the opening pages, the na 4★ “Kitty wore her cynicism well, but Leonard had known her before the war and he could see all the stitches that were holding the costume together.” Kitty and Leonard are just one of several generations of characters Morton introduces us to, all connected to Birchwood Manor at one time or other in their lives. Some characters were taken there as children, some have met each other there, some have stumbled across it in their travels, and we know someone has died there. In the opening pages, the narrator gives us this page-turner. “A gunshot in the dark. The light went out and everything was black. . . He packed his things to leave and I could not make him stop. The others followed, as they always did. And I? I had no choice; I stayed behind.” The narrator has separate chapters, headed with Roman numerals. Interspersed are the several stories, not in chronological order, of the other groups. Each group has a reasonably extensive back story so that we become invested in the characters, and I enjoyed them all. At some point or other, they may have crossed paths, perhaps unwittingly, but we can figure it out easily enough. Morton writes doorstop novels, so I knew what I was in for, and it IS another long book with which I admit I became a wee bit impatient. But I also have to say I appreciated how well I got to know all her people. I think the only way to have abbreviated the story would have been to omit a generation or two. Leonard, from the first quote, was a war veteran (WWI) whose story serves as a kind of midpoint between 1862 and 2017, the earliest period and today, when Elodie, the first “main” character finds a satchel and photograph that intrigue her and set her off to investigate its origins. Her story is 2017; her great-uncle Tip’s story is from 1940 as a child during WWII, and there are sections for 1882, 1890, 1962, and 1992. I may have missed some, but no matter. Morton is wonderfully descriptive, and while Birchwood Manor doesn’t have the kind of awe-inspiring or gothic appeal of some of the grand buildings of literature, it does have some genuinely creepy parts around which the plot hinges. She also doesn't dwell on the architecture and furniture (for which, thank you, Kate), rather she gives us the mood and atmosphere (along with a slight but important old ghost story). The grounds themselves seem to have a magical, protective quality which affects several characters who find a brief respite there. The location on the banks of the upper Thames river is both attractive and dangerous. (Someone drowns - not a spoiler.) A well-known painter, Edward Radcliffe, bought Birchwood Manor in 1861, and in the summer of 1862 takes his model, his friends, and his little sister to visit. What should have been a glorious holiday disintegrates rapidly with the opening scenario with the gunshot. And there's a famous family gem that disappears. His model is Birdie/Lily, a street urchin (straight out of Dickens) who became a striking young woman. Her story is an interesting, major thread. Little sister Lucy is another who features in a small way at first, but who turns out to have been integral to a major plot point. In later years, the Manor becomes a museum and a school for girls among other things. We meet the other “generations” of characters as they visit, stay, or just stumble across the place for a picnic. Their story is told in the third person by the author, but the narrator’s view of the comings and goings is necessarily restricted in some ways but all-seeing in other ways. About one man, the narrator says: “We are of one mind tonight, he and I. Each of us separated from the people we love; each of us waking through memories of the past, seeking resolution. All human beings crave connection, even the introverts; it is too frightening for them to think themselves alone. the world, the universe – existence – is simply too big. Thank God, they cannot glimpse how much bigger it is than they think.” The book itself is bigger than I thought, not just in size, but in the number of stories it encompasses. As I look back now, I realise how much I enjoyed the characters, and I’d have a hard time pointing the finger at anyone in particular and saying “CUT”. Some voices were distinctive, but some of the young women seemed similar, and some of the men were probably unnecessary. But not Tip. He was necessary, both as a little fellow and as a curmudgeonly Great Uncle. Many thanks to Allen & Unwin for the handsome review copy, which I have filled with stickers with dates and names. I could have used a good table of contents and an index, I think. : ) I think Morton fans will enjoy this one, index or not!

  12. 5 out of 5

    James

    Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, and when The Clockmaker's Daughter came out this year, I was one of the first to jump on NetGalley to get a copy. I was so excited to be awarded the book and added it to my August reading queue. It made for a good alternate style given I'm also running a children's book readathon this month! Although not my favorite of all her novels, it's an enchanting story and covers a lot of beautiful generations within a couple of families. What I loved the most abo Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, and when The Clockmaker's Daughter came out this year, I was one of the first to jump on NetGalley to get a copy. I was so excited to be awarded the book and added it to my August reading queue. It made for a good alternate style given I'm also running a children's book readathon this month! Although not my favorite of all her novels, it's an enchanting story and covers a lot of beautiful generations within a couple of families. What I loved the most about this book was how you never quite knew who was speaking in the beginning of a chapter. It took a few paragraphs or a page or two before it became obvious. Some might be bothered by this approach, but it added to mystery and ambiance for me. The Radcliffe family was quite peculiar, and I wondered whether it would turn out to be accidental death or murder for one or two characters. As the story unfolds and we learned about Elodie in 2017/8 discovering the past, everything comes flooding forward. There are memorable characters in this book and I recommend it for that reason alone. On the flip side, there are over 30 main characters, so it gets a tad difficult to keep focused if you have to put the book down for more than a day at a time. Don't read it with anything else like I did. Morton is the queen of lyrical words and astounding settings. The plot is strong, and the twist at the end is great. Along the path, it's much lighter tho... less about the mystery and more about hearing what happened to people over a century. I found myself eager for more action than present in the book. But it still captured my heart and attention. A solid 4 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - Traveling Sister

    How to describe a book like The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton? The story itself is delicate, like spun sugar. It is timeless, not bound by a single story thread, but comprised of a tangle of threads that weave backwards and forwards like the winding of a clock. In that way, The Clockmaker’s Daughter couldn’t have a more perfect titular figure and motif. I found this book to be thought-provoking and haunting, but not in the way you’d expect. There is a ghost, of course. But this book is ha How to describe a book like The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton? The story itself is delicate, like spun sugar. It is timeless, not bound by a single story thread, but comprised of a tangle of threads that weave backwards and forwards like the winding of a clock. In that way, The Clockmaker’s Daughter couldn’t have a more perfect titular figure and motif. I found this book to be thought-provoking and haunting, but not in the way you’d expect. There is a ghost, of course. But this book is haunting in the way a beloved place can be haunting. The feeling that the moment you return to the place, all of your memories and the memories of others flood back, and you’re surrounded by everything that place has experienced. At its core, that is what I’d say The Clockmaker’s Daughter is about. Full review to follow :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    When it comes to an author like Kate Morton readers should be well aware that they will find great writing when picking up a new book and that was still the case with The Clockmaker’s Daughter. However, even with lovely writing sometimes things just don’t work for some readers and that would be my dilemma with this one. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a historical fiction read told from multiple points of view over the course of decades. In the present Elodie Winslow is going through an old satchel When it comes to an author like Kate Morton readers should be well aware that they will find great writing when picking up a new book and that was still the case with The Clockmaker’s Daughter. However, even with lovely writing sometimes things just don’t work for some readers and that would be my dilemma with this one. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a historical fiction read told from multiple points of view over the course of decades. In the present Elodie Winslow is going through an old satchel when she comes across a few items that draw her interest. Readers are then taken back to the mid 1800s to the Birchwood Manor and the mystery that surrounds it. Now, normally I am one that can love a story with multiple characters and multiple timelines however it all depends on the way things are done. With this story the author has taken multiple to a whole new level in the fact I found it hard to keep track of so many characters coming into the story. Sometimes I would get the feeling I may need to take notes and then reading feels more like homework than relaxation. With so much going on I had a hard time connecting to the characters and story with struggling to keep up too. Quite often I wouldn’t know who I was following and for me I prefer a clearer style to follow. In the end I’d say this one just wasn’t my cup of tea but I’m sure some readers will love it. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    This was one first read by Kate Morton and I have to say it was an experience that I was pleasantly surprised with. I stepped out of my comfort zone.... and am so glad I did because I truly learned what defines me as a reader. To say that Kate Morton had me with her words... is an understatement. She truly astonished me with her eloquence and ability to form words that fell off the pages with ease. "The winds blew and the trees moaned, and thunder rolled down the river to take the house within it This was one first read by Kate Morton and I have to say it was an experience that I was pleasantly surprised with. I stepped out of my comfort zone.... and am so glad I did because I truly learned what defines me as a reader. To say that Kate Morton had me with her words... is an understatement. She truly astonished me with her eloquence and ability to form words that fell off the pages with ease. "The winds blew and the trees moaned, and thunder rolled down the river to take the house within it's clutches; while inside, talk turned to spirits and curses. There was a fire, crackling in the grate, and the candle flames quivered, and in the darkness, in that atmosphere of delicious fear and confession, something ill was conjured." Not a ghost, oh, no not that- the deed when done was entirely human." This book is very complex.... and the plot is very hard to explain. The storyline has layer upon layer that leaves you very confused in the beginning. In all honestly, I was frustrated and felt that my reading experience was blurred due to putting in work trying to follow each and every time zone and character. Now, this may not be everyone's same experience while reading this. Although, once the 30-40 percent mark hit... the storylines began to come alive for me. Kate's talent began to poor off the pages with the journey behind each character that aligned nicely at the end. It almost reminded me of a giant jigsaw puzzle.. where you have to put in some "work" to get your final product ;). The chapters I felt were extremely unique numbered in Roman numerals/time concept which aligns again very well with the overall theme of this book. I think what I learned through my reading experience with The Clockmaker's Daughter is that sometimes a book isn't about the "hype" or getting to that final twist.... it's igniting a flame in each and every reader that connects/processes the book differently. I'm so glad I had my wonderful book besties along my side during this new journey of historical fiction. Overall, 3.5 clock stars rounded down. Huge thank you to Atria and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts. Publication date: 10/9/18 Published to GR: 10/7/18

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4.5 stars! Evocatively atmospheric. Exquisitely detailed. Brilliantly narrated. Let me start by stating, I love Kate Morton! She is one of my most favourite authors! I have read and loved all of her books. This one, although not the full 5 stars I was hoping for, does not disappoint. I devoured this lengthy novel in days, putting aside all other reading to truly focus on her luscious and delectable writing. This novel stole time away from things I should have been doing, while at the same time I 4.5 stars! Evocatively atmospheric. Exquisitely detailed. Brilliantly narrated. Let me start by stating, I love Kate Morton! She is one of my most favourite authors! I have read and loved all of her books. This one, although not the full 5 stars I was hoping for, does not disappoint. I devoured this lengthy novel in days, putting aside all other reading to truly focus on her luscious and delectable writing. This novel stole time away from things I should have been doing, while at the same time I was trying to truly savour every single word of Kate Morton’s brilliance. This is a multigeneration saga that expands well over 100 years involving love, loss, mystery, murder, art and many hidden secrets. Each timeline adds a deeper layer to this intricately woven and highly detailed story. There are multiple characters and a most memorable and divine English countryside setting that had me swooning. Birchwood Manor, the main setting throughout this novel, is a character of its own and I fell in love with this old mansion that held many secrets. I was engrossed within this mysterious tale from start to finish. There were a few times, I had to stop and reread sections, as I found myself slightly confused within a few timelines and characters, however, my attention didn’t waiver. It was a fully satisfying and memorable read that I would highly recommend. This was a Traveling Sister read. To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister reviews, please visit our blog at: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2... Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Kate Morton for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Clockmaker’s Daughter is AVAILABLE NOW!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    4 and a half stars This story of Birchwood Manor and events that happen there is told by several narrators. It comes to the attention of archivist Elodie Winslow, when she finds a leather satchel. Inside are two items that at first appear unrelated. One is a sepia photograph of a woman in Victorian clothing. The other is an artist’s sketchbook that contains a drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. It seems familiar somehow to Elodie and reminds her of a story her mother told her a 4 and a half stars This story of Birchwood Manor and events that happen there is told by several narrators. It comes to the attention of archivist Elodie Winslow, when she finds a leather satchel. Inside are two items that at first appear unrelated. One is a sepia photograph of a woman in Victorian clothing. The other is an artist’s sketchbook that contains a drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. It seems familiar somehow to Elodie and reminds her of a story her mother told her as a child. But who is the stunning woman in the photo and what does she have to do with the house and the artist? As the different voices tell their story, the truth gradually emerges. And the reader gets to hear the voice of Birdie Bell who saw the dramatic events unfold. I was so looking forward to reading this book as I have enjoyed other Kate Morton books. I was lucky enough to win an uncorrected proof copy from the publisher. My thanks go to Allen&Unwin. Almost as soon as it arrived, I put aside other books piled up on the coffee table to start this one. I was not disappointed. I started in without reading the blurb or the author’s note at the front, as I wanted to go into it without knowing too much of the story beforehand. I’d suggest this may be the best way to read it. At over 600 pages it is quite a long read, but it didn’t bother me as there was enough happening to keep my interest. Usually I am not too keen on books with ghosts and spirits etc. but this book, with its voice outside of time, got me in. I found the characters interesting, descriptions beautiful and the mystery of what really happened kept me turning pages. At times it was a little unsettling as it switched narrators and time frames regularly, but I was never bored. It always piqued my interest enough to keep reading. An entertaining read that captures the imagination and should delight those who like historical novels, mysteries about an old house and a precious heirloom, and especially Kate Morton fans.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    It was 2017 in London when archivist Elodie Winslow discovered an old but beautiful leather satchel which, on inspection, contained a photograph of a woman in Victorian clothing, and a sketchbook with detailed artwork, including a house by a river. She had no idea why the two items felt so special to her, even making her feel like she was familiar with the house, but Elodie knew she had to find out more. In 1862, a small group of friends, including artist and owner Edward Radcliffe, descended on It was 2017 in London when archivist Elodie Winslow discovered an old but beautiful leather satchel which, on inspection, contained a photograph of a woman in Victorian clothing, and a sketchbook with detailed artwork, including a house by a river. She had no idea why the two items felt so special to her, even making her feel like she was familiar with the house, but Elodie knew she had to find out more. In 1862, a small group of friends, including artist and owner Edward Radcliffe, descended on Birchwood Manor for a summer of art and creativity. Edward was an artist just beginning to make his name – his muse a beautiful young woman who he declared he couldn’t paint without. But two weeks into their stay, disaster struck, and lives would be forever changed. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a novel stretched over time; told in many voices at varying times during the 150-year timeslot, there are many stories within the story and the link is always there. Concentration is needed with a lot of characters to keep track of; when a new family was introduced, I wondered who they were – until once again, their connection was shown. I feel Aussie author Kate Morton has a winner in The Clockmaker’s Daughter, and although I feel it was a little long, it's an exceptional read. A thoroughly entertaining novel which I highly recommend. With thanks to Allen & Unwin for my ARC to read in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    First of all, I want to say that I am a HUGE Kate Morton fan. I have loved pretty much every book she has written, and I have recommended her books to so many people. That said, The Clockmaker's Daughter is a major disappointment. I could barely finish it and only kept going because it was Kate Morton, and I was sure it would get better. It didn't. There are far too many characters to keep track of in this story, and there are at least four or five different time periods that you are randomly whi First of all, I want to say that I am a HUGE Kate Morton fan. I have loved pretty much every book she has written, and I have recommended her books to so many people. That said, The Clockmaker's Daughter is a major disappointment. I could barely finish it and only kept going because it was Kate Morton, and I was sure it would get better. It didn't. There are far too many characters to keep track of in this story, and there are at least four or five different time periods that you are randomly whipped to and from. There were so many times reading this book where I had to stop and think "Wait...who is this person again?" or "Where are we now?" The bigger problem is that, unlike Morton's previous books, I didn't really care about the mystery at the center of the story all that much. And the shocking reveals that are at the heart of so many of Morton's books were not all that shocking at all. I guess Morton has become so successful that her publisher thinks she doesn't need editing. But a firm editor is exactly what this book needed. Well, here's hoping her next book is a return to form.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free copy of The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton from Goodreads for my honest review. I was so excited to win this book as I love Kate Morton. The Lake House is exquisite. With The Clockmaker's Daughter is a beautifully written ghost story that intertwines different time periods and a lot of different characters. The main character being, the clockmaker's daughter. The house, Birchwood Manor, which is located on the bank of the Thames, becomes a central character as well. You wi I received a free copy of The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton from Goodreads for my honest review. I was so excited to win this book as I love Kate Morton. The Lake House is exquisite. With The Clockmaker's Daughter is a beautifully written ghost story that intertwines different time periods and a lot of different characters. The main character being, the clockmaker's daughter. The house, Birchwood Manor, which is located on the bank of the Thames, becomes a central character as well. You will fall in love with the characters in this book and the wonderful story line which will bring you tons of surprises. The time periods change over a two hundred year span. I will say that you need to pay close attention to all the characters as there are a lot of them and it can get confusing and frustrating. A very detailed and beautiful read as with all Kate Morton's books. So dig in . . .

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton is about a murder in the summer of 1862 and in present day a young lady trying to make sense of of the mystery. I enjoy reading this author's books but this story was a little slow for me and didn't have the charm of her previous books. I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan McMillan for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Kate Morton returns with her new novel, “The Clockmaker’s Daughter”. Of course, being Kate Morton, she delights a reader with powerful, descriptive imagery and settings, a creative plot and beautiful language, as she spins a delightful historical tale. In 1862, a group of young people take up residence in “Birchwood Manor”, in hopes of spending the summer creating art and e Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Kate Morton returns with her new novel, “The Clockmaker’s Daughter”. Of course, being Kate Morton, she delights a reader with powerful, descriptive imagery and settings, a creative plot and beautiful language, as she spins a delightful historical tale. In 1862, a group of young people take up residence in “Birchwood Manor”, in hopes of spending the summer creating art and enjoying the beautiful grounds. When a woman is shot, the groups’ dreams are quickly destroyed, and the owner of the house, Edward Radcliffe, flees the country a broken man. Years later, archivist Elodie Winslow comes across a leather satchel containing two very different items- a sepia photograph of a beautiful woman, and a sketchbook. Both the picture and sketchbook seem to have different owners (and be from different time periods in history), yet they also have eerie similarities. Soon, Elodie is traveling to Birchwood Manor to investigate, where she too, is soon taken under the spell of the beautiful and mysterious house. This novel, as with all of Kate Morton’s novels, was a beautiful read. Long as it is, it was not difficult to read and I breezed through it, fully captivated as always by Morton’s breathtaking settings. “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” is not a fitting title, though. Although indeed, the Clockmaker’s Daughter is one of the characters in this novel, it seems to be more a tale about the house itself than an individual person. Told from many time periods, from many different characters, in reverse order, it was a bit confusing in places. Although each chapter was labeled with a date to identify time periods, there was multiple characters that each had diverse and entertaining storylines tied to Birchwood Manor itself. As mentioned, the character list in this novel is multitudinous, but each character brings their own set of charm to the table. The plot, too, has everything one could want- history, romance (many times over), a murder mystery, and even a treasure hunt. “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” had so many plots, it could have been many stories instead of just one, however this also made the novel easy to read. Fans of Morton will enjoy “The Clockmaker’s Daughter”, for its traditional Morton style and beauty. The ending is extremely satisfying, if not predictable, and brings the tale to a delightful end. A thoroughly engaging read, to be sure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars This book contains so many of the elements I have come to expect and love in a Kate Morton story but unfortunately it takes awhile to get to see everything in play. The first 75 pages or so are the weakest in my opinion and it wasn't until about the halfway mark when I felt fully invested in the story. Don't give up on the book though because when things start tying in together it becomes a heartbreaking yet beautiful tale just like Morton's other novels. It's kinda hard to give a good s 3.5 stars This book contains so many of the elements I have come to expect and love in a Kate Morton story but unfortunately it takes awhile to get to see everything in play. The first 75 pages or so are the weakest in my opinion and it wasn't until about the halfway mark when I felt fully invested in the story. Don't give up on the book though because when things start tying in together it becomes a heartbreaking yet beautiful tale just like Morton's other novels. It's kinda hard to give a good synopsis for the book without giving too much away. Basically all you need to know is some of the story takes place in the 1800s at Edward Radcliffe's Birchwood Manor and in the present day archivist Elodie Winslow has just discovered some items at her job that will lead her on a quest to get some answers. Be prepared for secrets, lies, love, betrayal, etc. as Kate Morton certainly knows how to bring it all on. There's a fairly large cast of characters and part of the problem with the book is just when you get used to one character it bounces to another one in a different time period. As a reader you feel frustrated but I do think the end result is worth it. I recommend reading this if you are a Kate Morton fan even if this one isn't my favorite of hers. (The Secret Keeper and The House at Riverton are tops in my opinion. ) If you have never read anything by Kate Morton before, read one of her previous novels first as it is a better display of her talent. She really is an incredible writer and one of only a few I'm willing to shell out some extra bucks for and pay full price just to get it the day it comes out. Can't wait until the next one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    An old house, an old sketch book, an old murder, an old photograph, and a lot of mysteries. Who doesn’t love all of those? THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER has it all. THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER goes back and forth in time looking for clues to connect Elodie’s present-day questions and findings to the time when her mother was alive and how a country manor and other mysteries seem to have a connection to her mother. She KNOWS there is some connection with everything she finds circling around Birchwood Ma An old house, an old sketch book, an old murder, an old photograph, and a lot of mysteries. Who doesn’t love all of those?

 THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER has it all. 

 THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER goes back and forth in time looking for clues to connect Elodie’s present-day questions and findings to the time when her mother was alive and how a country manor and other mysteries seem to have a connection to her mother. She KNOWS there is some connection with everything she finds circling around Birchwood Manor.

 Ms. Morton definitely makes you “work” for the clues. Her writing is beautiful as always, but the story line was difficult to follow. Each chapter began without the identification of the person talking so the reader has to figure out who has appeared on the scene now. 

 I always enjoy Ms. Morton's books because of the gothic atmosphere and marvelous connection between the characters and the story line, but THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER had me confused most of the time. Finding the connections was similar to solving a difficult math problem.

 Once the chapter got started and you became interested in the story line, it was over and another thought and character appeared.

 I can't say I didn't like the book. THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER had a skillfully constructed story line, but it wasn't an easy read. Once you were connected, though, it all started to come together in her marvelous Kate Morton style with a brilliant ending. I LOVE her books, her beautiful writing, and her involved story lines so I kept reading because I wanted to find out how it all fit together and what the ending would reveal. The revelations were marvelous as always. Anyone who loves Kate Morton, who likes to unravel a book's story line, and who can wait until it all comes together will not want to miss reading THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER. 4/5 This book was given to me as an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    WELL. Blurb: 1862. Artists. Summer house. Mystery. 2017. Clues. Modern girl trying to solve mystery. Actual story: Multiple timelines, multiple mysteries, secrets, intrigues, family, love, heartbreak, ghosts. This book just offers so much and it was such a fascinating trip unravelling it all. I loved that it was divided across time, and what an experience trying to put all the pieces together to see how they fit. There are some great characters - obviously some I liked more than others - and hearing t WELL. Blurb: 1862. Artists. Summer house. Mystery. 2017. Clues. Modern girl trying to solve mystery. Actual story: Multiple timelines, multiple mysteries, secrets, intrigues, family, love, heartbreak, ghosts. This book just offers so much and it was such a fascinating trip unravelling it all. I loved that it was divided across time, and what an experience trying to put all the pieces together to see how they fit. There are some great characters - obviously some I liked more than others - and hearing the individual stories makes this book stand out. It's a little haphazard in the way the timelines are explored, which did my head in a little bit, particularly towards the end when I was trying to figure out how it all came together. I still feel like there's some pieces that haven't clicked for me yet but I'm sure the answers will be there when I stop to think about it. I can't decide if I would have preferred the different stories chronologically or if it was more exciting reading the timeline all over the place. I loved the exploration of different family dynamics throughout, and particularly enjoyed the relationship between Edward and Lucy. The title is a little misleading, I think, as clocks play such a minor role, but the suggested familial relationship does, I think, allude to the many incarnations of 'family' which was quite a fun topic to explore, and one that permeates throughout. I'm a big fan of ghosts, too, so I enjoyed the way this book dealt with that topic. There's no cheap thrills - it's a sobering take on the notion of the soul and what may happen to it. I found this interpretation to be quite beautiful, if a little melancholy. I have been hanging out to read this book since I first read the summary and I'm pleased to say it didn't disappoint. I was a little frustrated with the slow start of the first hundred or so pages but after that it really gathered momentum and held onto me nice and tight. Highly recommend for lovers of historical fiction, mystery and just great, interwoven stories that make you think. With thanks to Allen & Unwin for my ARC

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    This is a very challenging book to review. It was brilliant in places, captivating, beautifully written and full of interesting characters, but... it was waaaay too long. The main premise of the book is actually an interesting one, once we finally get to it! There are so many side stories and supporting characters that for more than one third of the book I was convinced I was reading a different story to the one described in the synopsis. The story can be a bit confusing and feel disjointed as i This is a very challenging book to review. It was brilliant in places, captivating, beautifully written and full of interesting characters, but... it was waaaay too long. The main premise of the book is actually an interesting one, once we finally get to it! There are so many side stories and supporting characters that for more than one third of the book I was convinced I was reading a different story to the one described in the synopsis. The story can be a bit confusing and feel disjointed as it is told from several points of view and in different time periods. Also, there are a significant number of characters in the book and I really struggled at times to remember who was who and how did they fit into the story.  I think this could be a five star book if it lost half of its volume, and re-focused on the main storylines and some of the characters. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Review soon.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Book of the Month

    Why I love it by Steph Opitz I have this condition. I call it “falling-for-a-book-so-hard-I-stay-up-all-night-reading” (can someone please suggest a better name?). I’m always on the hunt for a book that gets me so hooked that I physically can’t put it down. So, bear with me while I sleepily tell you about a book that might just be an insomniac’s dream. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is centered on two lives lived 150 years apart. First there’s Elodie, a 20-something-year-old archivist who discovers a my Why I love it by Steph Opitz I have this condition. I call it “falling-for-a-book-so-hard-I-stay-up-all-night-reading” (can someone please suggest a better name?). I’m always on the hunt for a book that gets me so hooked that I physically can’t put it down. So, bear with me while I sleepily tell you about a book that might just be an insomniac’s dream. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is centered on two lives lived 150 years apart. First there’s Elodie, a 20-something-year-old archivist who discovers a mysterious century-old leather bag. Then there’s the mysterious woman depicted in a portrait found inside. It’s clear that the women are connected—they’ve both suffered the loss or abandonment of a parent, and there’s this old sketch of a house they both seem to know. As the plot thickens, you, reader, are soon grappling not only with the secret identity of the lady in the photograph, but also with a murder and a missing diamond. So, you know, the stakes are high. Sleep deprivation notwithstanding, this was the perfect book to get lost in. Two strong female characters navigating timeless questions about love, betrayal, and ambition, and a mystery? The gradual unspooling of plot twists is just icing on the cake. I dare you not to love this book as much as I did. Read more at: https://www.bookofthemonth.com/the-cl...

  29. 5 out of 5

    TL

    It saddens me to give it this rating( it always sucks when a book by one of your favorite authors isn't good/disappoints you) but this one didn't capture or enthrall me at all. The ingredients are there and the story idea was intriguing at first but after awhile I found myself not caring. I would make myself pick this up and continue on, hoping it was just a slow start and that it would get better soon. Elodie I didn't care for at all, and started dreading her chapters when they came around. Every It saddens me to give it this rating( it always sucks when a book by one of your favorite authors isn't good/disappoints you) but this one didn't capture or enthrall me at all. The ingredients are there and the story idea was intriguing at first but after awhile I found myself not caring. I would make myself pick this up and continue on, hoping it was just a slow start and that it would get better soon. Elodie I didn't care for at all, and started dreading her chapters when they came around. Everyone's POVs were better, but even my usual favorite parts (the historical past) had my eyes glazing over and me re-reading passages, Even the payoff and explains failed to me excite me. I closed the book feeling tired and underwhelmed. There was a dream-like quality to most of the book, which would have been fine (and most will probably love it) but for this reader it was like sitting and listening to someone who you have no interest in but still respect and you don't want to be rude and just get up to leave... if that makes sense. Hopefully I will love her next book more and her other will be definite re-reads but this one I think I will just give away to my soul sister.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: The Clockmaker's Daughter Series: Standalone Author: Kate Morton Release date: October 9, 2018 Cliffhanger: No “Down the winding lane and across the meadow broad, to the river they went with their secrets and their sword . . .” Kate Morton is a master storyteller with the ability to draw out each character equally in exquisitely fine detail. Each person's heartaches, and soul searching moments were bound together within the walls of an enchanting house straight out of a fairy tale. The event t Title: The Clockmaker's Daughter Series: Standalone Author: Kate Morton Release date: October 9, 2018 Cliffhanger: No “Down the winding lane and across the meadow broad, to the river they went with their secrets and their sword . . .” Kate Morton is a master storyteller with the ability to draw out each character equally in exquisitely fine detail. Each person's heartaches, and soul searching moments were bound together within the walls of an enchanting house straight out of a fairy tale. The event that occurred at Birchwood Manor is an unsolved mystery with many fine strands expertly twined together at the end. She lays out extensive history of the inhabitants and visitors, as well as slowly revealing one narrator's own involvement at the center of it all. I was extremely impressed with the originality of this timeless woman's delivery of the sad tale through her all-seeing knowledge. I can honestly say I've never read a POV quite like hers before. I am aware that the sun continues to rise and set and the moon to take its place, but I no longer feel its passage. Past, present, and future are meaningless; I am outside time. Here and there, and there and here, at once. Over 150 years, speculation has swelled over the murder of one woman, and the disappearance of another. Interest in the whereabouts of Edward Radcliffe’s last rumored painting of his muse, Lily Millington, and the priceless Radcliffe Blue continued to linger. After all, who can resist a tragic love story that involves missing treasure? It seemed there were no clues besides some vague police theories, and the case had long gone ice cold. Until an archivist named Elodie Winslow discovered a leather satchel with a beautiful woman's photo, and Edward's sketchbook. Could this be the mysterious woman he became obsessed with before his life was shattered? How were they connected to James Stratton, the man who once owned the leather satchel? Elodie is a woman who makes a career out of finding the forgotten story in antiques, and making diligent records of them. But there is something beyond her average interest in these items. An instant fascination and magnetic pull to a sketch found inside his book, and an almost desperate need to answer all of her questions about the events of 1862. Engaged to be married, it's quite possibly the worst time to turn her focus to this mystery. Truths are suddenly being unearthed about the passing about her own mother, and the circumstances surrounding the time of her death. She's feeling confused and more than a little lost as her emotions are getting stirred at uncomfortable levels. But she simply cannot let the matter rest, and what she discovers will have a surprising personal impact. I really felt for Elodie as she navigated through her conflicted feelings about her family, and the blow of some uncomfortable secrets that eventually came to light. Initially, I actually thought that her POV would be the main focus in the book, but that wasn't the case. The many varied POVs were spaced out with equal attention, escorting you through time slowly at first. Until finally, the meander became a ragged sprint that leaves you breathless in the last chapters. Edward and Lily's love story was what I was most looking forward to reading about. Even knowing they would ultimately suffer a cruel fate, I wanted that peek into their happy time when their world was full of light and promise. And boy, they did not disappoint. Their emotions for each other were beautifully written, and some of my absolute favorite parts of Kate Morton's crafting of this story. Edward's adoration of her bled through the pages, and made their stories that much more important to solve. At times, I was impatient to get to their parts, and the pace dragged from my impatience. There was a definite melancholy air to much of the book, and a feeling of impending doom. But in those brief moments when you see their love blossom, they are the sweetest bouquet waiting to bloom. There is a sureness— a pride even— to the set of her lips, that is breathtaking. She is breathtaking. Now that I have seen her, anyone else would be an imposter. She is truth; truth is beauty; and beauty is divine.” The mystery of the book held me enthralled throughout. There were some things that I caught onto, and others that took me completely by surprise as everything was finally revealed. My suspicions about Uncle Tip and his mother's story at Birchwood was partially confirmed, but there were several unpredictable details I loved that clicked each of the puzzle together seamlessly. I loved the ethereal quality to the manor, and how it was almost a character in and of itself. How its beauty brought comfort and peace to so many despite bringing devastation to the Radcliffes. I must admit, the ending felt pretty abrupt to me, and I attempted to turn the last page to see if there was more to be told. It was a little bit of a let down to not be shown Elodie and Jack's impending discovery even though it's obvious what was about to transpire. I wanted to be able to see it! All in all, I fell in love with Kate Morton's eloquent writing. The Clockmaker's Daughter was a many layered, beautifully expressed, character driven story. I'm really looking forward to reading more from her in the future. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

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