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I’ve read all author Kate Morton’s previous novels, and her latest, THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER, once again proves her to be a master storyteller. Enthralling, mysterious, and bewitching is how I describe this book. The plot is intricate involving multiple characters (I recommend making a list as you read), timelines, and points of view. But don’t let that scare you, this novel’s well worth it. One of the many things I admire about Kate Morton is her lyrical writing and her ability to convey the beauty of the English language. I also appreciate her attention to period detail which must require a vast amount of research. If you're like me, an Anglophile and fan of historical fiction, look no further than Kate Morton.
Very book. In and out time lines, too many people, confusing. I enjoyed the last of the book, but not the first of it.
After only reading a couple chapters, I found the Clockmaker's Daughter had a very similar vibe to The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter, which happens to be one of my LEAST favorite books of all time. Too many characters, back and forth timelines, and just barely grasping at a "mystery." Turns out the ghost haunting the house actually died...IN THE HOUSE!?! Shocking.
This is a very complex story and you need to be able to concentrate on it while reading. I wasn't at a point where I could do that very well, so I might read it again at a time when life is more calm. I liked this book very much but found it difficult to keep up with all the different story lines and characters as they intertwined.
I really enjoyed this book. It is complicated as it changes time and point of view multiple times through the story, so you need to be on your toes. Interesting premise.
I got to Chapter 3, at 12:45 am, page 61 and I just couldn’t do it anymore. The jacket made it sound a lot more interesting but frankly, I had a hard time getting into it. I give up. Maybe some time in the distant future.
The story wa s way too long and convoluted. The narrative became tedious with an unsatisfactory ending. Th e author is as good writer, this was too dense a book.
Very disappointed in this book.
First book ever that I couldn't wait to get over with it.
This was a terrific ghost story. I don't usually read novels about the paranormal but this was very well done. It reminded me of Lovely Bones a bit. It also has suspense and mystery. It's a bit complicated in its multigenerational plot line but well worth reading.
Kate Morton is a fabulous writer - her most recent novel re-establishes this once more. This books is a page turner taking you into another world with twists and turns, drawing you into her fabulous characters and keeping you guessing until the very end! A very worthwhile read!
3 stars. I love Kate Mortons' books and really looked forward to reading this one, but found it a really tough slog to get through it. I really wanted to love this book but I found it very confusing. Too many characters, too difficult to figure out who was speaking at different times, too convoluted. I read it right to the end and still don't know who shot Edward's fiancee or why...did I miss something somewhere? There were chapters that were lovely and lyrical and I'd think that I was getting a grasp on what was going on and then I'd turn the page and it was like I was reading a different book by a different author. I gave this book 3 stars because I love the author and because of the chapters that I enjoyed. I wish I could have given a better review.
I loved this book - going through different time periods and just when you think you have figured it all out...you haven't! I hope she will have a sequel
I am a huge fan of Kate Morton's writing. She has such a lovely command of the English language that you simply cannot read the paragraphs quickly or you miss the wonderful phrases and descriptions. I will however admit to dragging once I got to the middle of this very long story. I found I had to flip back to the front of the story to re-acquaint myself with a character as the chapters switch between different characters and time frames that all centre around Birchwood Manor. For those familiar with Ms. Morton's other novels, this story also revolves around London after the wars and the secrets held within a home. I loved how the story tied up the mysteries with childlike innocence but think I need to re-read to catch some of the loose threads that I missed.
I'm about 100 pages into this book and I came to the feedback page to see if it's just me or if others are finding this novel tedious. It should be noted that Kate Morton is, hands down, one of my favorite authors. I'd pick up anything off of hers off the shelf in any bookstore without even reading the description on the back. But this one! I don't even know who I am reading half the time: the gal in 2017 or the other one in the 1800's. I don't have an inkling of the plot or storyline. I was a little stunned when I was 456 in line for this book back in November and then got it on February 28. Now I think I understand what happened; most likely like me, readers closed it and returned it to the library. So for the 482 people on the wait list, no worries. - This book is a combo of the 1944 movie "Laura", "Oliver Twist", and the "Ghost and Mrs. Muir".
I gave up half way through the book. Very dry and just could not get into it.
Unfortunately, this novel is over-written. There is no need to weave so many threads over so many years to tell a story. It is even unclear what the story really is... Granted, all the threads are nicely tied up before the end. And, the author opens and closes the novel with the same character (who appears to find a new love - no one cares at that point), but that is not exactly a rewarding end; it is anti-climactic, a denouement. What is disappointing is the climax; the artist's young muse was left behind accidentally and died in the priest hole. It appears as if the author decided that the death in the priest hole was the main point of the story and then constructed an elaborate number of reasons leading to and from that specific moment. This reminds one of "Sarah's Key", which also depicts a very sad, similar ending for one character who was hiding in a closet, locked-in to stay safe. Overall, the impression of "Clockmaker's Daughter" is of an author who has no pivotal story to tell, but appears to be inspired by plot lines and devices of other authors. "The Paris Apartment" is also a tale of discovery, but is a more believable and warmer tale. Enjoyed the Forgotten Garden, but that, after all, is very closely based on someone else's very real story. Did like the majority of her previous novels.
This book was much less enjoyable than The Forgotten Garden. The plot in this book is super-complicated to begin with; then, to compound the problem, Kate Morton seems to be in love with her own prose - - - elegant as it is------, and goes on and on and on with her descriptions of EVERYTHING, philosophy of painting, philosophy of life, etc etc. I think Ms Morton should have handed her story outline to someone like Kate Quinn, (author of The Alice Network), who could have told the story in half the number of pages! Unfortunately, to have some crucial mysteries solved, I needed to finish this marathon read, but it's never a good sign when you really would PREFER to be reading that next great book you have just signed out!!! Unless you have lots of time to waste, don't read this one!!
I read this for the "The First Book You See In A Bookstore/Library" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I didn't love it, I found 3/4 of it really slow and I had trouble following the different characters and their relationships with the time periods changing mid chapter. The mystery had potential and the end of the book moved faster, but I still wasn't happy with it.
Kate Morton once again brings us a work of historical fiction spanning decades with a series of interlinking stories. The story is well-written but I found the book overly long and the pacing slower than her other books. It may not be a page-turner but it's great to curl up with a cold winter's day with a cup of hot tea.
Just finished this very long book. It had too many characters, interacting in too many different time frames, in no discernable chronological order, narrated by a ghost. I wouldn't bother with it, if I were you. I'm sure you must have books on your reading list which you would find more enjoyable and much less confusing.
I have loved all of Kate Mortons book especially House at Riverton. I wanted to really like it but eventually gave up on the book about halfway through. The plot was winding and too much jumping around. Disappointing read.
There are books that are page-turners, that leave you gasping for air, that keep you up until 3 am because you just have to know what happens next. Then there are leisurely books like The Clockmaker's Daughter that are best taken in small but regular doses and comfortably ruminated upon at your leisure, and well after you finish. This is a book that sticks.
At the center of the novel is a twin-gabled, eight-chimney house in the Berkshire countryside. Morton takes us back and forth through time as different people interact with the house, and its longest resident, the clockmaker's daughter. In its ruminations on loss and guilt, I found myself drawing comparisons to Atonement, except no one here runs from their responsibility, instead people are drawn together across generations by their shared feelings.
After WWI, a returning soldier stays at the home and considers the death of his brother, along with the thousands of others lost in the war: "He had never stood at the end of his own brother's grave. He hadn't seen the point; he knew Tom wasn't there. Where was he? Leonard wondered. Where had they all gone? It seemed impossible that it could all just end like that. Impossible that so many young men's hopes and dreams and bodies could be buried in the earth and the earth remain unchanged. Such an almighty transfer of energy and matter must surely have affected the world's balance at an essential - an elemental - level: all of those people who had once been, suddenly gone."
Morton explores loss on large and small scale, and its ability to tie people together, but there is so much more to it than that. She also does an excellent job of slowly revealing the mystery of our primary narrator, and creating mini-mysteries along the way. Enchanting, and thought-provoking, The Clockmaker's Daughter feels like a new classic.