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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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jcalyn5
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 6

7 days, 7 covers you love, no explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Anyone else interested, consider yourself tagged as well!

SilversReviews GORGEOUS COVER!! 3w
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laurenslibrary
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Pickpick

I'm not always crazy about Kate Morton's books, but I loved this one!

Crazeedi I enjoyed it too 3w
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tjwill
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Tsaw
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Pickpick

This book was so long! I must admit I was a little confused the way it jumped from different eras and from different points of view. Hang in there. And rest assured it does come together eventually!

BirdsandBelles Have you read any of Kate Morton‘s books? They all tend to jump around like that and that‘s one of the reasons I love them. I was just wondering if this one was even more so. 🤔💭 2mo
Tsaw No this was my first. But I‘m going to try The Secret Keeper next. 2mo
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Joysiam
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Delicious writing, more of Kate Morton to love.

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rather_be_reading
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I suggested Kate Morton's "The Clockmakers Daughter" to Shea Ernshaw (author of "Winterwood" and "The Wicked Deep") and she responded w this!!! I thought this was insanely nice!

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Robothugs
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I had a dog named Dog from birth until age 7, and this book is making me do all kinds of reminiscing every time I read the name. 🥰

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JillR
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Pickpick

I‘ve read a couple of Kate Morton books and found them a bit same-y. This, though, I really enjoyed. There are numerous stories interwoven from the 1800s to 2017, all circling around a beautiful country house and a mysterious death. Kate Morton‘s writing is lovely and there are echoes of some of my favourite authors; I‘m thinking Sarah Waters, Kate Atkinson, Sadie Jones. It took me an age to get into it, but well worth it once I did.

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Robothugs
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She used to say that the heartbeat was the first music that a person heard, and that every child was born knowing the rhythm of her mother‘s song.

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catebutler
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The last day of the month and I‘m wrapping up my last read for July. I woke up early to make a dent in the to do list, so now I can take a slightly longer lunch this afternoon. I‘m indulging in one of my all time favourite summer dishes— a caprese pasta salad with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette, it‘s perfect for a hot day and everything I love about a summer salad.
#katemorton #summerreading #julytbr #julywrapup

hilded Looks delicious, love caprese salad 😍 3mo
catebutler @hilded I do too! This one was so easy to make and the flavours were incredible, especially with summer veggies from the farmer‘s market. 3mo
catebutler @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I think I‘m going to have to make another round of this in the next week or so. It was just too good! ☺️ 3mo
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Robothugs
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Elodie was a nostalgic person, but she hated the charge. The word was terribly maligned. People used it as a stand-in for sentimentality, when it wasn‘t that at all. It described a yearning of the most profound kind: an awareness that time‘s passage could not be stopped and there was no going back to reclaim a moment or a person or to do things differently. - Kate Morton

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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
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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. 3mo
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 3mo
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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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alisonrose

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. 3mo
LapReader This was my first too and I loved it after the first bit. Keen to read the others. 3mo
Crazeedi Her other ones were a bit better, but this one was good too!! 3mo
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JacqMac I loved, loved, her other books, but I bailed on this one. I agree with @Slajaunie 3mo
sprainedbrain I loved this one! And all of the rest of hers. 😊 3mo
alisonrose @Slajaunie @LapReader @Crazeedi @sprainedbrain I‘m actually really enjoying it so I will very likely pick up more! (edited) 3mo
alisonrose @JacqMac Aw that‘s too bad, I‘m actually quite enjoying it so far! 3mo
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sprainedbrain
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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) 3mo
Tianarose Now I‘m really looking forward to getting to this book. It‘s waiting patiently on my bookshelf 3mo
GondorGirl I adored this one! But I will read anything Kate Morton writes... 😍 3mo
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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. 😍 3mo
sprainedbrain @Tianarose I hope you love it! 3mo
GondorGirl @sprainedbrain The Forgotten Garden is my favorite. 😍😍😍 3mo
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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. 4mo
sprainedbrain @Tamra It is. 😃 I live in Iowa. 4mo
brit91 Beautiful!!💖💖💖💖💖 4mo
Tamra @sprainedbrain 👍🏾😁 I misread your post! It is so pretty. I just wish it was sans humidity! (We‘re in MN) 4mo
sprainedbrain @Tamra the humidity is horrid! That‘s why I have to get up so darn early to walk. 😓 4mo
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rather_be_reading

Authors Note: ...my life copilot, Davin.

So cute!

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rather_be_reading

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

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rather_be_reading

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! 3mo
rather_be_reading @Mishu94 haha omg tht means alot to me! i hope u enjoy it! it is sloooow but a great great story 3mo
Mishu94 @rather_be_reading I hope so too! 😄 3mo
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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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rather_be_reading

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. 4mo
rather_be_reading @ChewDigestBooks brown has been on my list to read for a while! 3mo
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The point where everything starts becoming clear and snowballs very quickly!

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rather_be_reading

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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rather_be_reading

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. 4mo
rather_be_reading @LapReader its a great quote 3mo
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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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rather_be_reading

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

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rather_be_reading

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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rather_be_reading

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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rather_be_reading

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

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rather_be_reading

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...