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#NetGalley #BookReview The Clockmaker’s Daughter A Novel by Kate Morton #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Paranormal

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter A Novel

by Kate Morton

Release date: October 9th, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Clockmaker’s Daughter A Novel by Kate Morton from NetGalley andĀ Simon & Schuster Canada in order to read and give an honest review.

… intricately woven intoĀ anĀ absorbing, entertaining and hauntingly beautiful novel…

Kate Morton skillfully creates an epic gothic tale, intricately woven intoĀ anĀ absorbing, entertaining and hauntingly beautiful novel that in my opinion is perhaps one of herĀ best.Ā TheĀ Clockmakerā€™s DaughterĀ is so complex itā€™s difficult to summarize,Ā thereĀ are layers upon layers of historical detail, mystery, love andĀ lossĀ with a touch of paranormal.Ā 

The story follows multipleĀ characters, shifting through different periods of timeĀ spanningĀ from the 1860’s to the presentĀ day,Ā all intertwined and connected to Birchwood ManorĀ by the Thames.Ā  One thing I love about Kate Morton’s work is she creates such fascinating and multifaceted characters with atmospheric settings that draw you into the story from the beginning.Ā Each character is unique, the female characters strong and intelligent. In The Clockmaker’s Daughter, all of the characters are brilliant but one voiceĀ standsĀ out for me, Birdie. We learnĀ first-handĀ aboutĀ her traumatic life, tragicĀ death and her thoughts and feelings on both.

The story opens with London archivistĀ Elodie Winslow,Ā cataloguing the archives of James StrattonĀ when she happens across aĀ mysteriousĀ leather satchelĀ containingĀ a photograph of a stunning Victorian womanĀ and a sketch ofĀ aĀ mysteriousĀ houseĀ by the river. Elodie instantly feels connected to the items and is compelled to discover the origins of the houseĀ which is eerily similar to a house in a bedtime story her mother used to tell her before she died. Despite being in the middle of planning a wedding Elodie is determinedĀ to see whether it is, in fact, the house contained in the stories from her childhood. During her investigation, she discovers the satchel belongs to the artist, Edward RadcliffeĀ and the photo is of his muse and secret love Lily and Elodie becomes obsessed with uncovering their story and is driven to visit Birchwood Manor.Ā Ā  The Manorā€™s incarnationsĀ includeĀ Edward Radcliffe’sĀ artistā€™s retreat, a school for young ladies, home to a widow with three young children, the inspiration for a student’s thesis and lastly a museum dedicated to the artist Edward Radcliffe. BirchwoodĀ Manor, in some ways, seems to become aĀ character inĀ itself, the house seems to have a distinct personality. In each of its incarnations, the house holds a special space in each of the occupants’ hearts as well asĀ concealing secrets in its walls about tragic events that occurred during the summer of 1862Ā which include murder, betrayal and loss.

I absolutely loved this book, it is not for those who are looking for aĀ fast-pacedĀ page-turner, it definitely requires patience but it is a slow but satisfying read that is worth it and one I would highly recommend!

2 thoughts on “#NetGalley #BookReview The Clockmaker’s Daughter A Novel by Kate Morton #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Paranormal”

  1. Hi Belinda – thanks for this … I’ve given myself a reminder to read it – next year I hate to say … but interesting and I’m sure I’d enjoy it – particularly the London connections – cheers Hilary

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    1. I really enjoyed it but it is definitely a slow yet amazing read. Don’t feel bad, I have a TBR pile filled with wonderful books that in all likelihood will take me a lifetime to read through. Hope when you do get to it you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a fantastic day/evening! šŸ™‚

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