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The Clockmaker's Daughter
The Clockmaker's Daughter: A Novel | Kate Morton
A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake Housethe 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 Radcliffes 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 artists 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 Clockmakers 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 clockmakers daughter.
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MaureenMc
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another excellent multiple-timelines novel from Kate Morton. Love, loss, grief - those universal human experiences - are explored within an atmospheric ghost story. Recommended!
And now I‘m caught up on Morton‘s backlist! Looking forward to her new book in the spring.

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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was a #roll100 turned #bookspinbacklog pick. It took me 4 years to read this #BOTM selection (10.2018), and it ended up being a wonderful read. There are many storylines weaving through time (1860s through 2010s), but I loved seeing them weave together and across time.

swishandflick This one is still unread on my shelf too 🤦🏽‍♀️ 1mo
JackOBotts @swishandflick The TBR struggle is real! 🥰📚I‘m glad to have finally read it. Now I can pass it along…I have a friend who I think will enjoy it, as well. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
ICantImReading This book sat on my bookshelf for way too long, but then ended up being one of my favorite reads last year! I think sometimes books come to us at just the right time ☺️ 1mo
JackOBotts @ICantImReading I couldn‘t agree more! It was a beautiful read. 💜 It was good for “spooky season” while being more than just horror/thriller (which I absolutely love, too). 1mo
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lauraisntwilder
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I got a bingo! This month, I finished Jane Eyre, The Night Circus, Atomic Anna (#bookspin), Fabulous, Among the Shadows, Northanger Abbey, Burnt Sugar (#doublespin), and The Clockmaker's Daughter. I didn't love all of them, but I didn't hate any either, so success! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 1mo
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lauraisntwilder
Clockmaker's Daughter | Kate Morton
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Not my favorite Kate Morton, but it was technically a ghost story so it was appropriate to finish today. I enjoyed being swept along for the story, even if it wasn't her best.

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Eggs
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A long but lovely story with beautiful prose 🍁🧡🍁

Texreader Beautiful photo!! 1mo
RobES Love this pic 🎃🧡 1mo
Eggs Thank you 🙏🏻 @RobES @Texreader 1mo
Gissy Beautiful picture😍🍁🍂🧡🖤🧡 1mo
Eggs Thank you 🙏🏻 @Gissy 1mo
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Coleen
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Kate Morton is one of my very favorites, and I had been putting this one (her most recent) off for a while until just the right time. It had all the Morton qualities I love, though this was probably my least fave of hers. But I will still read anything she writes. Looking forward to her next release due out next year!

sprainedbrain She‘s one of my favorites, too. I‘m so excited that she has another coming out next year. ❤️ 2mo
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gossamerchild
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I enjoyed this. The overlapping stories and nonlinear timeline was very appealing to me. I forget how much Kate Morton's writing style engages me.

#bookspinbingo #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I just wrote a full review detailing my likes and dislikes then pushed the wrong button and lost it. 😵‍💫 Basically, it's a soft pick for me. I had a little trouble with the enormous cast and the many stories about them all yet was left wanting more of Elodie's and Juliet's stories. I loved the descriptive writing and the way everyone's stories came together in the end. It ended with hope but lots of it made me sad.

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aa_guer2021
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One day I will get better at posting timely reviews, but for now I can at least catch up a little bit. 🙃 This book unraveled like the threads of a tapestry. Slowly and intriguingly pulling the reader in until the final climactic end. I won‘t spoil anything, but I must say it was slightly…disappointing, in some ways. I don‘t know if I could choose another ending, but I do wish for better. Others may judge differently. #nospoilers #historicfiction

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aa_guer2021
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Throwback to a blissful day on the beach 🏖 with my husband on my birthday 🎉. My progress is a little slow in comparison to my former reading pace, but definitely very intrigued by the twists and turns in this book. #currentlyreading #watersign #happyplace

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aa_guer2021
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#booksandlunch So far I am very intrigued. #currentlyreading 🤔❤️📚

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MommyOfTwo
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Change of scenery this morning. Waiting for my sons class to get here for their end-of-the-year picnic. I came early to read before they got here.

Hoping to finish this book today. It‘s been pretty good.

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MommyOfTwo
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One of my favorite places to be. On the deck on a sunny morning reading and drinking coffee.

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Romancegirl
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Even though it's a slow-paced book, all of the characters and intertwining storylines is worth it in the end. A very satisfying read. :)

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MallenNC
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This is a soft pick. I listened to this because it‘s narrated by Joanne Froggatt (Anna from Downton Abbey) whose work I really enjoy. I liked the book and wanted to know what would happen but it had A LOT of characters and different timelines so it was hard to follow. I‘m not certain I understood it.

GondorGirl While Kate Morton is an insta-buy author of mine, this wasn't my favorite of her books. 10mo
MallenNC @GondorGirl I have only read this one and The House at Riverton. I‘ve heard from other readers that Clockmaker‘s Daughter wasn‘t her best. I will definitely read more of her! 10mo
GondorGirl @MallenNC My two favorites are 'The Secret Keepers' and 10mo
MallenNC @GondorGirl Awesome! I will try one of those next. 10mo
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Bec_lectic
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Ok so this book started slow but as you progress you really get caught up in the story! There‘s a lot of jumps through time and a few characters to follow so if I didn‘t read consistently I was a little lost who was who sometimes but in the end I loved how all the pieces of the story connected. This is the first time I‘ve read Kate Morton and will definitely check out her other books as she is a beautiful writer!

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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs Pretty 🌸🦋🌼 1y
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Allthebookclubs
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What a lovely story! There are quite a few characters to follow and the points of view go back and forth, but by the end I was mesmerized. I suspected the ending but it was still good, heartbreaking but it stayed true to the story.
Book 29 in 2021

SilversReviews It was confusing, but it all turned out fabulously in the end. 2y
Allthebookclubs Yes! Sorting out who was who and what time period they belonged to took a bit. 2y
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Allthebookclubs

It took me a bit to get into and sort out this book, but as I‘m nearing the end I‘m so in love with Birdie and Elodie and Juliet and Lucy!!!

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Auntynanny
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As with all Kate Morton books, I really enjoyed this!

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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Tagged! I haven't read anything yet this year that I'm in love with.
2. Both. My dream scenario is outside by a lake not too hot or cold with coffee.
3. I'm doing #bookspin and aspiring to #doublespin
@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💐💗🐣😊📚 2y
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Kajohnson
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About 2/3 of the way through and so in love with the writing. How do sentences make you ache?

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WeirdAtHeart

...and they would be very happy, alone together forever

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Coleen_Nieto
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I listened to the audiobook narrated by Joanne Froggatt. This was a long one, but it kept my attention. It was good company for housework and driving. Joanne Froggatt did a great job in narrating.

I loved all the characters and how they were all somehow intertwined. I really enjoyed the story and the writing was good as always.

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! 2y
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IuliaC
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Although I recall I liked "The Forgotten Garden", this one wasn't remarkable neither through an impressive prose nor a very captivating story - too long, too many timelines and very common characters which felt disconnected, redundant and forcefully brought together. Given its length, I expected to be left in a bath of emotions once I finished it, but instead I only felt I struggled to reach the end.

SilversReviews LOVED The Forgotten Garden. My favorite of hers. 2y
SilversReviews Yes. Took too long to get good. I struggled with it too. (edited) 2y
Texreader ❤️🐈‍⬛ 2y
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IuliaC
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I stopped by the library this week to refresh my book stack 📚

IuliaC @Milara se poate ameliora cu rabdare si exercitiu. Eu citesc de nevoie pentru ca altfel uit tot ce stiam, e incredibil cat de repede se pierde vocabularul unei limbi nefolosite 🙈 2y
IuliaC @Milara Chiar asa este. Eu mai imprumut carti de la Institutul Francez, mai ales ca in perioada asta este inchis Bookster, si nu stiu alte biblioteci ce regim mai au 2y
IuliaC @Milara of si eu care eram sigura ca bookster era deja prin toata tara, cred ca e un concurent al lor celbcare a deschis in mai multe orase, sunt private dar deocamdata gratuite pentru publicul larg si contra cost pentru companii. Stiu ca e complicat cu bibliotecile obisnuite, prea multe formalitati de facut. Acum daca tot am atins subiectul, din ce zona esti? 2y
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IuliaC @Milara Dar chiar e mirific acolo 🥰 Nu am intalnit persoana care sa locuiasca in Bucuresti si sa nu iubeasca mult Clujul 😍 2y
IuliaC @Milara Si inca ceva simpatic, cand cautam titlurile cartilor online am observat ca institul francez din Cluj are mult mai multe din ce caut decat cel de aici. La Cluj si Iasi sunt mai bine aprovizionati 😁 2y
IuliaC @Milara Toate localitatile au avantaje si dezavantaje, important e sa ne putem noi bucura de partile frumoase, sa ne concentram pe cele bune ca sa se inmulteasca 🙂 2y
IuliaC @Milara Am petrecut o zi in Iasi vara trecuta la o distanta de circa 20 de ani de la ultima vizita. Au revigorat foarte frumos centrul, mi-a placut 2y
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Coleen_Nieto

@eggs Just checking on you - since I coudn't find a #wondrouswednesday today I wanted to make sure you're alright. Thanks for all you do! 😁

Librarybelle Echoing @Coleen_Nieto - @Eggs , hope you are okay! ❤️ 2y
Eggs Oh how thoughtful of you, thanks 🙏🏻 had no power, or internet for several days 😕 @Librarybelle (edited) 2y
Coleen_Nieto @Eggs I'm sorry to hear that but I'm so glad you're ok! 2y
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. I'm not expecting any books but welcome them nonetheless!

2. No, I just finished The Duke and I. I'm trying to focus on my bookspin book this month lol.
@TheSpineView #two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2y
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Coleen_Nieto

I'm so behind, can I use the same list from January for my February bookspin? @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin #doublespin

Megabooks A lot of people do. (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yes, absolutely!! You can earn up to 2 entries per month for the end-of-the-year giveaway (the official BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers) so if you want to, you can set those two books aside (& replace them on your list with different books) & if you read them later you can let me know they were from January & still earn your January entries, if that makes sense. 2y
Coleen_Nieto Yes it does! Thanks very much! 2y
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Coleen_Nieto
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Sometimes i need a reminder! Have a great day!!

Powered_By_Plants Really strange! I was literally just looking at this book on my bookshelf and then I open Litsy and see this post 😊 , is the universe trying to tell me I must read this next 😂 . Lovely quote ❤️ 2y
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ICantImReading
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SO GOOD. 😍😭 As soon as I finished the last page, spellbound by the brilliant storytelling, I went back to reread certain passages again. Don't rush this one - trust the intricate puzzle comes together beautifully and enjoy being swept away. (A snuggly reading partner makes it even better! 🐶💜)

#BOTM #botmbacklist #botmbacklog

The_Heeler_Booklife Beautiful baby 2y
ICantImReading @The_Heeler_Booklife thank you SO much!🐶😍 2y
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ICantImReading
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Thank you for tagging me, @Bits 😃

1. I started this book a few days before I went into labor, and then it wasn‘t the easy read I needed to get back into the swing of things after having my daughter. Hope to finally finish it!
2. I regret when I sit down to read and end up getting lost in my phone instead! Here‘s to less phone time in 2021!

I‘m not sure who to tag, and it‘s Wednesday now (oops!), but this was fun! 😁 @TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

Bits Oh man, I definitely relate to getting lost in my phone! I usually pick it up while reading to look up a word I don't know and then 40 min has gone by. Arg! 😆 2y
TheSpineView My phone is a love/hate relationship. Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
ICantImReading @Bits OMG SAME 😆 2y
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Jas16
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I am so glad that I waited to read this one until after I had read many less than stellar reviews. I ended up enjoying it although it is definitely my least favorite Kate Morton to date. I agree with everyone who wanted less jumping around in time and fewer character perspectives but I was content to to stay on the journey to see how it all tied together in the end.

Ozbradster I felt the same way. Finished this last month. Which is your fave Morton book? 2y
Jas16 @Ozbradster I think maybe the Secret Keeper... 2y
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mcctrish
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Mehso-so

I struggled with this and it really wasn‘t worth it. Maybe it‘s the timing 🤷🏻‍♀️but it felt disjointed and I really didn‘t care about anybody in the end

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mcctrish
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Back to my regular book and regular Saturday kick off with breakfast treats from the local Whole Grain bakery

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mcctrish
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I‘ve got the Fancy pool filling on the glorious Fall day

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mcctrish
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Fancy pop tarts from my favourite bakery for breakfast. I was going to read so much today and then I got stuck doing some training for work and finding out previous training didn‘t submit properly. Nobody is actually at the school board so it‘s all email this person, oh no it‘s not me you need, email another person, oh no that‘s not our department FFS I have had enough. Good thing the day started with sprinkles

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Allylu
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Kate Morton did not disappoint in The Clockmaker‘s Daughter! I am so impressed with her weaving characters and places together. This is a wonderful book imho. So many threads, so many memorable characters. You will love it! It‘s #7 on my #BookSpinBingo and my #BS. The audiobook is narrated by Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey. She does a lovely job as well.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #Unpopularopinion this was my first of hers to read and it drove me insane 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have you read any of her others? 2y
Allylu @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good insane or bad insane? 2y
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Allylu Yes. The Distant Hours, The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and I thought there was another one but maybe not. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Allylu not good!! I wanted to use the book to start a 🔥😂😂😂 (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2y
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mcctrish
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1. A Gentleman in Moscow, The Clockmakers Daughter and (audio) The Chiffon Trenches 2. Clap When You Land 3. I love the cooler nights for sleeping, all the awesome local fruits and veggies and September always feels like the beginning ( must be the school thing) more than January #weekendreads

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Heatherfeather
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Kate Morton's books are like getting lost in an English country hedge maze: You're very confused for a long time, but you don't mind because it is so utterly beautiful and intriguing, and then everything comes together in the end. (And Joanne Froggatt--Anna on Downton Abbey--is an amazing narrator!)

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Kshakal
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this one... I felt that it had a super slow start and then when things would pick up it would switch time periods and characters which I found frustrating. I did enjoy the end and how all of the stories came together in a beautifully chaotic way.

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Cortg
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“Maddy‘s Mom” sent more books over! These are the ones I have not read yet. The tagged title I‘d love to read. Anyone suggest any more? What I don‘t keep will make their way to our Little Free Library 😀

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jenniferajanes

I have started this book twice during this pandemic, and I‘m really intrigued but can‘t stay focused on the two different story lines right now. I‘m setting it aside for now (until I can focus better), but I plan to come back and finish it later!

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mdm139
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The wind storm cooled things way down, a good 30 degree drop in temperature. Now the wind is done and we can have a camp fire. Probably the last cool day of the year. Starting this new read. I love the author‘s prose.

Jess861 I didn't enjoy this book as much as her others - but it was still a decent book! 3y
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Jhullie
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I was enthralled by this book from the first chapter. It felt like one of those old sweeping sagas of yesteryear and I LOVED it. The many characters and timelines kept me wanting to know more and as the mystery unraveled I became even more invested in their lives and futures. Kate Morton never disappoints and I loved this from start to finish.

LapReader I loved it from middle to end. I thought her writing was too flowery at the start. 3y
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Tianarose
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Trying to read a physical book while my muffins bake.

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LazyOwl
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I usually enjoy Kate Morton's novels, but I found it hard to get into this one. I'd feel like the story would start gaining some momentum and then it would switch characters or timelines.
I think I probably would have given up reading if it wasn't for the fact that this is a book my book club is reading.

TheBookHippie 🤣 I did not like this book either I had to finish it for BOTM buddyread. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had so many issues with it!!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie you are the anchor that holds us together! I could NOT finish that book 🤦🏼‍♀️ I don‘t even want to see the cover!! 🤢 3y
LazyOwl @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks jow I have to come up with some book discussion questions for a book I really didn't enjoy 😩 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LazyOwl what is the book? @TheBookHippie is awesome at that! 3y
TheBookHippie If it‘s this book look for our discussion questions and use them 🤣🤣 #BOTMBUDDYREAD 3y
LazyOwl @TheBookHippie thanks so much, I will definitely do that 👍😋 3y
Kshakal @LazyOwl I felt the same way! 2y
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LazyOwl
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My current read for book club. There are a few members in my book club who are big fans of Kate Morton. She's an Australian author and always writes a great historical fiction mystery linking into a character from current modern times.

Anyone read? Got any tips for good discussion points?

#historicalfiction #aussie #mystery #bookckub

JacqMac I usually love Kate Morton, but I bailed on this one. It‘s like it was written by someone else. I guess I‘m not much help. lol 3y
LazyOwl @JacqMac I must admit, I've been having trouble getting into this one. I thought maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this type of book at the moment. Bit disappointing. 3y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Another great Kate Morton. I love the way she weaves different voices from different generations to slowly reveal the mystery. This one had Birdie being the constant throughout. Great imagery. Just wish I heard a bit more of Elodie's story.