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The House at Riverton is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.

Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.

In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they -- and Grace -- know the truth.

In 1999, when Grace is ninety-eight years old and living out her last days in a nursing home, she is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer. She takes Grace back to Riverton House and reawakens her memories. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever.

The novel is full of secrets -- some revealed, others hidden forever, reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. It is also a meditation on memory, the devastation of war and a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history.

Originally published to critical acclaim in Australia, already sold in ten countries and a #1 bestseller in England, The House at Riverton is a vivid, page-turning novel of suspense and passion, with characters -- and an ending -- the reader won't soon forget.

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    I read this book in book form and did not wont to put it down, so now I am going to buy it again as an ebook and look forwa4d to re reading it.

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    The House at Riverton

    Surprise ending. You get almost to the end before you know what the big secret is, and then when you think you know who did what you are wrong.

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    If you're missing Downton...

    Home sick...again. But found some well written escapist literature to pass the time. If you've finished Downton season three and are hankering for some Edwardian country house drama then you'll enjoy this.

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    The book was a little hard to get into but I am very glad I persisted as I enjoyed the history of the times as well as the story.

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    Being a huge fan of historical fiction, Kate Morton has once more had me in thrall as I lived Grace's life right there by her side. It brought home to me the vast differences of the levels of society, the privileged and those not so much, although the serving class was led to believe themselves extremely fortunate. It truly restricts everyone's lives with no one being the better for it. Morton has a way of getting into the minds and hearts of her characters and evokes personal emotions as the scenes unfold. I feel like I would recognize the house at Riverton and know my way to the lake given her excellent descriptive prose. The story is at once mysterious and spell-binding, fraught with unforgettable personalities and the secret is kept until the shocking end. I look forward to more novels by this author.

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