The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Hannah
Emmeline
Grace

Hannah and Emmeline are sisters. When their brother David dies in the war they lose a childhood that never had a chance to begin.

Grace has been a maid at Riverton manor for only a short time when she meets the Hartford sisters. An only child to a husband less mother she has always longed for sisters. The big house on the hill offers her the companionship she always wanted but something more as well – answers.

Years have passed and Grace is now an old woman wavering at deaths door. She has a secret and she needs to tell someone before she goes. Riverton manor was her home for many years, Hannah like a sister but then the death of the poet, Robbie Hunter caused a rift that couldn’t be fixed.

Now, a young filmmaker wants to tell the story of the Hartford sisters, of Grace and what happened the night when Robbie died but often the past is more complicated then we think and the truth more painful then we care to know.

Where do I even begin with The House at Riverton. It was beautiful in the way that all books of this era are. Naivety of the war, shock at the death of so many and the ways in which people tried to pick up the pieces, there’s a romance to this genre because people were so full of hope and let down so quickly.

Grace is an insightful and honest narrator. I enjoyed hearing the story from the point of view of someone who is looking back on her life rather then living it in the moment. Hindsight is a great gift in storytelling I think, it makes the story all the more honest because you can see what went wrong and why.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to settle into a good read, a story with twists and turns and a whole lot of heartbreak.

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