Very disappointed in this book.
First book ever that I couldn't wait to get over with it.
i just couldnt get into it ... not engrossing as i thought
This was a terrific ghost story. I don't usually read novels about the paranormal but this was very well done. It reminded me of Lovely Bones a bit. It also has suspense and mystery. It's a bit complicated in its multigenerational plot line but well worth reading.
Kate Morton is a fabulous writer - her most recent novel re-establishes this once more. This books is a page turner taking you into another world with twists and turns, drawing you into her fabulous characters and keeping you guessing until the very end! A very worthwhile read!
3 stars. I love Kate Mortons' books and really looked forward to reading this one, but found it a really tough slog to get through it. I really wanted to love this book but I found it very confusing. Too many characters, too difficult to figure out who was speaking at different times, too convoluted. I read it right to the end and still don't know who shot Edward's fiancee or why...did I miss something somewhere? There were chapters that were lovely and lyrical and I'd think that I was getting a grasp on what was going on and then I'd turn the page and it was like I was reading a different book by a different author. I gave this book 3 stars because I love the author and because of the chapters that I enjoyed. I wish I could have given a better review.
I loved this book - going through different time periods and just when you think you have figured it all out...you haven't! I hope she will have a sequel
I am a huge fan of Kate Morton's writing. She has such a lovely command of the English language that you simply cannot read the paragraphs quickly or you miss the wonderful phrases and descriptions. I will however admit to dragging once I got to the middle of this very long story. I found I had to flip back to the front of the story to re-acquaint myself with a character as the chapters switch between different characters and time frames that all centre around Birchwood Manor. For those familiar with Ms. Morton's other novels, this story also revolves around London after the wars and the secrets held within a home. I loved how the story tied up the mysteries with childlike innocence but think I need to re-read to catch some of the loose threads that I missed.
I'm about 100 pages into this book and I came to the feedback page to see if it's just me or if others are finding this novel tedious. It should be noted that Kate Morton is, hands down, one of my favorite authors. I'd pick up anything off of hers off the shelf in any bookstore without even reading the description on the back. But this one! I don't even know who I am reading half the time: the gal in 2017 or the other one in the 1800's. I don't have an inkling of the plot or storyline. I was a little stunned when I was 456 in line for this book back in November and then got it on February 28. Now I think I understand what happened; most likely like me, readers closed it and returned it to the library. So for the 482 people on the wait list, no worries. - This book is a combo of the 1944 movie "Laura", "Oliver Twist", and the "Ghost and Mrs. Muir".
I gave up half way through the book. Very dry and just could not get into it.
Unfortunately, this novel is over-written. There is no need to weave so many threads over so many years to tell a story. It is even unclear what the story really is... Granted, all the threads are nicely tied up before the end. And, the author opens and closes the novel with the same character (who appears to find a new love - no one cares at that point), but that is not exactly a rewarding end; it is anti-climactic, a denouement. What is disappointing is the climax; the artist's young muse was left behind accidentally and died in the priest hole. It appears as if the author decided that the death in the priest hole was the main point of the story and then constructed an elaborate number of reasons leading to and from that specific moment. This reminds one of "Sarah's Key", which also depicts a very sad, similar ending for one character who was hiding in a closet, locked-in to stay safe. Overall, the impression of "Clockmaker's Daughter" is of an author who has no pivotal story to tell, but appears to be inspired by plot lines and devices of other authors. "The Paris Apartment" is also a tale of discovery, but is a more believable and warmer tale. Enjoyed the Forgotten Garden, but that, after all, is very closely based on someone else's very real story. Did like the majority of her previous novels.
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