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Clockmaker's Daughter
Clockmaker's Daughter | Kate Morton
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 in rural Oxfordshire. 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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Gnora
Clockmaker's Daughter | Kate Morton
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Slow start, but maybe I can do some catching up tomorrow. Now it is time for bed!

#24in48 #readALLthenooks #idreamofbooks

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Gnora
Clockmaker's Daughter | Kate Morton
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#quotable snippets like this make reading a joy.

#24in48 #BotM #BotMBacklog

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MrsBibliophile
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Mehso-so

This was a lovely book, and very well written. For some reason, I simply could not get into it. I would end up skipping through pages to try to find something interesting to me and a little less dull. The author's writing is beautiful, but the story seemed to drag on.

I would recommend this book for historians, or anyone interested in London in the late 1800's- early 1900's.

📚📚 Happy Reading! 📚📚

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alisonrose
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Welp. I was really enjoying this for the first half or so. Writing was atmospheric, I liked Elodie, & her being an archivist was neat. But around the midway point, it started getting confusing & convoluted w/other POVs that I didn‘t feel were needed, didn‘t add anything interesting. I admit I‘m still unclear about WTF actually happened (partially b/c I started skimming a bit out of boredom). Will try other books of hers that ppl like more. 2/5 ⭐️

chaoticgoodhufflepuff The addition of more POVs really messed with my enjoyment too. 7d
alisonrose @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Right?? I think it would have been much better with just Elodie and the ghost and told in more of a linear dual timeline 7d
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Robothugs
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Today I‘ve decided to start this! I‘ve seen people have opinions that go both ways, so we‘ll see! #CurrentlyReading #SundayReading

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alisonrose

Her gaze roamed the pretty churchyard. It was a peaceful place. Lots of spilling ivy and slumbering souls. Headstones that told of age and youth and death‘s blind justice. A forlorn, beautiful angel bowed her head over an open book, her stone hair, darkened with age, tumbling onto the cold page. There was a quality to the silence in such places that inspired reverence.

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People pause in front of Fanny‘s portrait sometimes, comparing it with the smaller image printed in the tourist brochure; they comment on her pretty face, her privileged life, her tragic end; they speculate on the theories as to what happened that day. Mostly, they shake their heads and sigh in contented lamentation; reflection on someone else‘s tragedy being one of the most delicious of pastimes, after all.

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alisonrose

It was true that she didn‘t have many friends, not of the flesh-and-blood variety, but the fact did not upset her. It was tiring, all that smiling and sharing and speculating about the weather, and she always left a gathering, no matter how intimate, feeling depleted, as if she‘d accidentally left behind some vital layers of herself she‘d never get back.

[Sup, fellow introverts!]

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alisonrose
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This will be my first book by Kate Morton and I‘ve heard it‘s not the right one to start with, but it‘s the one I have and it sounds intriguing, so...we‘ll see! Plus I‘m taking advantage of my three-day weekend (took today off instead of my actual birthday yesterday) to get through this big old hardcover ☺️ #nowreading

Slajaunie No matter what you think of this one, read another of hers. 1w
LapReader This was my first too and I loved it after the first bit. Keen to read the others. 1w
Crazeedi Her other ones were a bit better, but this one was good too!! 1w
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JacqMac I loved, loved, her other books, but I bailed on this one. I agree with @Slajaunie 1w
sprainedbrain I loved this one! And all of the rest of hers. 😊 1w
alisonrose @Slajaunie @LapReader @Crazeedi @sprainedbrain I‘m actually really enjoying it so I will very likely pick up more! (edited) 1w
alisonrose @JacqMac Aw that‘s too bad, I‘m actually quite enjoying it so far! 1w
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

Full disclosure: Kate Morton is one of my favorites. This book was different from her others in that there are a lot more timelines and characters, but she seamlessly draws them all together. Gorgeous, descriptive writing (as usual) and a fascinating story. Somehow, I‘m in love with Edward, Leonard, Jack, Lucy, Ada, Elodie, Juliet, a house, a fictional painting, and most of all, Birdie, all at the same time. I miss them already. ❤️

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sprainedbrain Also! I adore the usual narrator of Morton‘s books (Caroline Lee) and was sad that she didn‘t narrate this one... but Joanne Froggatt was awesome. Lovely narration! (edited) 2w
Tianarose Now I‘m really looking forward to getting to this book. It‘s waiting patiently on my bookshelf 2w
GondorGirl I adored this one! But I will read anything Kate Morton writes... 😍 2w
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sprainedbrain @GondorGirl Same! I have loved every one of her books. I think The House at Riverton is still my fave. 😍 2w
sprainedbrain @Tianarose I hope you love it! 2w
GondorGirl @sprainedbrain The Forgotten Garden is my favorite. 😍😍😍 2w
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sprainedbrain
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I took my morning #audiowalk on the country road this morning, and it seemed appropriate to listen to Leonard walking through the English countryside while I looked at this.

I love Kate Morton so much! ❤️

Tamra That shot looks so much like the prairie/farm land of the US Midwest. 2w
sprainedbrain @Tamra It is. 😃 I live in Iowa. 2w
brit91 Beautiful!!💖💖💖💖💖 2w
Tamra @sprainedbrain 👍🏾😁 I misread your post! It is so pretty. I just wish it was sans humidity! (We‘re in MN) 2w
sprainedbrain @Tamra the humidity is horrid! That‘s why I have to get up so darn early to walk. 😓 2w
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Authors Note: ...my life copilot, Davin.

So cute!

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Last line: I am the stars in the dark when you feel yourself alone.

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People value shiny stones and lucky charms, but they forget that the most powerful talismans of all are the stories that we tell to ourselves and to others.

Mishu94 I have been following all yours posts regarding this book and you‘ve really made me want to stop everything and just go buy and read it! 😂 it‘s my next read and I really really hope I like it! 2w
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Time makes the impossible possible.

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Part IV

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The earth gave up her secrets easily, but the river would carry its treasure out to the fathomless sea.

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The river...is the greatest collector of them all; ancient and indiscriminate, carrying its load on a one way journey...

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...I mean that some people have a light inside them, a facility for inquiry and interest and engagement, that cannot be fabricated and cannot be counterfeited by the artist, no matter his or her skill.

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A fool always wants to shorten space and time...A wise man wants to lengthen both.

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Part III

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To accept that life is messy and sometimes mistakes are made; that sometimes they are not even really mistakes, because life isnt linear, and it comprises countless small snd large decisions every day.

ChewDigestBooks This reminds of Brene Brown‘s work and books, required reading for anyone that peeks into the self help genre yet a qualified person that studies shame. You will make mistakes, that doesn‘t mean you are a mistake -sort of thing. 2w
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The point where everything starts becoming clear and snowballs very quickly!

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Memories like the jewels in the kaleidoscope.. discrete gems that shift into new positions when they are put together, creating different but related patterns every time.

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True fear is indelible; the sensation does not recede, even when the cause if long forgotten. It is a new way of seeing the world: the opening of a door that cam never be closed again.

LapReader I read that part in the spa this morning and made note of it too. 2w
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Time only moved in one direction. And it didnt stop. It never stopped moving, not even to let a person think. The only way back was in one's memories.

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...all memories have a weight, even the happy ones.

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Look up: moue

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All human beings crave connection, even the shy..

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...it was the meaningless of life that made it all so beautiful and rare and wonderful.

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There are very few certainties in this world...the truth depends on who it is thats telling the story.

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...I have learned that one must forgive oneself the past or else the journey into the future becomes unbearable.

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The earth is ancient and it is vast and there is much we do not yet comprehend. I refuse to accept that science and magic are opposed; they are both valid attempts to understand the way that our world works.

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...a story is not a single idea; it is thousands of ideas, all working together in concert

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Look up: dishabille

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What a dignified object was a book, almost noble in its purpose.

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The earth was the ultimate museum, recording and presenting a narrative of time...

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...the river possessed a primeval memory of everything that had ever happened.

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You are in love...for that is exactly how love feels. It is the lifting of a mask, the revealing if ones true self to another...

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...that many people lived half lives due to fear...

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There were to be games like battledore...

Must look up!

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Between its covers were no words, but instead page after page of pressed flowers...

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Every relic they unearthed came with a story, a secret life led long before the object reached their hands.

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...the earth gives up its secrets in good time, she liked to say, and always to the person it intends.

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...for people do not change. They remain, as they age, the people that they were when they were toung, only frailer and sadder.

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It is all so predictable. But then human beings are, for the most part.

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Not surprising: children are more perceptive than adults, in all the ways that count.

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Part II