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    The Clockmaker s Daughter by Kate Morton is a 2018 Atria Books publication.As the early reviews for this book started to trickle in, I was concerned by too many opening lines that began with I love Kate Morton s books, she is one of my favorite authors, but In a year where I ve been very disappointed in some of my favorite authors, I was terrified it was about to happen again However, I was determined to keep an open mind, and still eagerly anticipated reading this one But, by the time the book made it to the top of the heap, I also felt a great deal of trepidation The writing, as always, is simply mesmerizing Morton s prose is eloquent and often a thing of beauty But, the story, this time around, failed to draw me in I even put the book aside for a while and picked it back up in October hoping the ghostly theme would fit into my fall and Halloween frame of mind Sadly, I still struggled with it, mightily For one thing, the pacing is too slow, and there is that large cast of characters, something I tend to struggle with, even under the best of circumstances I often complain I m not receiving enough of a challenge in my books I feel authors often dumb things down for mass consumption, but in this case, I had to work entirely too hard to piece the puzzle together As embarrassing as it is to admit, when I finished the book I was just plain confused I had to go back and re read large portions of the story before it finally came together for me After all that labor, the ending was very anticlimactic, unsatisfactory, and literally limped across the finish line I ve put off writing this review because I just didn t feel up to the grueling exercise of trying to articulate my thoughts, especially since, like so many others, Morton is one my all time favorite writers Her talent is still quite evident, but with Morton, who is the opposite of prolific, I will have the taste of this book in my mouth for a long time before she provides me with an opportunity to rinse it out However, I do think I may still have one of her back listed titles languishing in my TBR pile, so maybe that will help cleanse the palate until Morton offers sustenance hopefully, sooner, rather than later 2.5 rounded up mainly because the prose is second to none

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    You know you re a baller when your name is bigger than the title When the queen writes it, you read it.Kate Morton is my number one favorite author I have read every one of her books and will read her grocery list if I had the option She is the author I recommend above anyone else Her lyrical, magical writing is a thing of beauty and such a gift I admire her tremendously Admittedly, this is not my favorite of Ms Morton s may I recommend The Secret Keeper and The Lake House , but is still a beautiful masterpiece I admire not only the exquisite writing but also the attention to detail and great amount of historical research, oftentimes seeped in tragedy, that clearly goes into her books This is a difficult book to summarize as it is extremely intricate in its plotting and development with multiple characters, timelines, and points of view Yet I have to say I simply adored every single storyline and couldn t wait to see how they would converge.If you are a fan of historical fiction, look no further Kate Morton is your gal 4.5 starsThank you to Atria for my advance copy This book is now available

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    Find your favorite reading spot, grab your beverage of choice, actually this would be the perfect book to read in front of a fireplace, wrapped in a quilt, watching the snow or rain fall, but I didn t have those choices and let Kate Morton transport you to Birchwood Manor on the Thames Yes, she has written about another house, a house that has witnessed great love and unbearable loss, a house that is the repository of many a secret An immersive, and seductive read, albeit a leisurely one A Gothic tale, where past and present meet, where there is someone who has witnessed it all, unable to leave.Lush settings, and fantastic period detail Of impressions of people on places throughout history Many characters who tell their stories, not in alternate chapters as is usual in these type of dual timeline stories, but in a brilliant rendering of the blending of time on this house that has witnessed so much The stories of the present and the past bleed into each other, until the connections between them are revealed I loved it, I think Morton has outdone herself here This is not a novel to be rushed through, but one to sink into and enjoy Many characters, but it is not necessary, maybe a little impossible, to remember and place them all in their timelines, all will become clear Patience, dear reader There is art, a mystery, a disappearance of a beautiful gemstone and a beloved person There are bereft children, sans parents, and a few young girls who each hold a key to unraveling the story The resolution may not please all, but I found it fitting, some houses may never give up all their secrets The prose is wonderful, insightful and many that are quotable I had a few favorites but could have found many Human beings are curators Each polishes his or her own favored memories, in order to create a narrative that pleases Some events are repared and polished for display others are deemed unworthy and cast aside, shelved below ground in the overflowing storeroom of the mind The process is not dishonest it is the only way people can live with themselves and the weight of their experiences Parents and children The simplest relationship in the world and yet the most complex One generation passes to the next a suitcase filled with jumbled jigsaw pieces from countless puzzles collected over time and says, See what you can make out of these The above are a few I loved, believe me there are many .ARC from Edelweiss.

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    Well, I guess you can tell from my rating that this wasn t my favorite book by Morton, but it wasn t bad Maybe my expectations were simply not in the right place, but I had a difficult time following the jumping timelines and in turn, connecting with the characters I ll think on this one a bit before writing a full review, but fans of her previous work might be appreciative to know going into this that it s a bit different than her other novels Full review to come I received a review copy from the publisher.

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    When it comes to an author like Kate Morton readers should be well aware that they will find great writing when picking up a new book and that was still the case with The Clockmaker s Daughter However, even with lovely writing sometimes things just don t work for some readers and that would be my dilemma with this one.The Clockmaker s Daughter is a historical fiction read told from multiple points of view over the course of decades In the present Elodie Winslow is going through an old satchel when she comes across a few items that draw her interest Readers are then taken back to the mid 1800s to the Birchwood Manor and the mystery that surrounds it.Now, normally I am one that can love a story with multiple characters and multiple timelines however it all depends on the way things are done With this story the author has taken multiple to a whole new level in the fact I found it hard to keep track of so many characters coming into the story Sometimes I would get the feeling I may need to take notes and then reading feels like homework than relaxation.With so much going on I had a hard time connecting to the characters and story with struggling to keep up too Quite often I wouldn t know who I was following and for me I prefer a clearer style to follow In the end I d say this one just wasn t my cup of tea but I m sure some readers will love it.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit

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    A case of Quantity over Quality comes to mind on finishing this novel A disappointing read with way too many characters and time frames to keep track of and at 582 pages I just found this was a very time consuming read with a story that just plodded along and lacked any real suspense or tension and ended up being an uneventful and tedious read.Having loved Kate Morton s first two novel s I am always hoping for something as suspensful or entertaining but this one just didn t cut the mustard for me Her prose if vivid and descriptive but the plot and characters was just lacking on this one Too many characters and time frames left this a confusing read for me Just when I though I was connecting with a set of charactes and getting to grips with the story another set of characters was introduced and I found every time I picked this novel up it took me a few pages to figure out which character I was reading about and what was going on in the story I honestly became bored and picking up this book was quite a chore for me.I didn t find it a suspensful or interesting read and feel that this could easily have been a book reduced to 350 pages with a few less characters and it would have had better impact on me.I finished this one with a sigh of relief and really didn t care for any of the characters I did enjoy the prose and descriptive nature of the novel and this for me earned its 2 Stars I seems to be at odds with many of my friends on this one so perhaps check out 4 and 5 Star reviews.

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    4.5 sublime stars to The Clockmaker s Daughter .5Told in multiple storylines, the first is set in 1862 Edward Radcliffe, an esteemed artist, organizes a group of other young artists to holiday at Birchwood Manor on the Thames Their objective is to laze away the summer among inspiration and exercising their creativity What happens instead is a murder, a disappearance, and a missing heirloom In the present, Elodie Winslow is an archivist living in London She runs across two items that she cannot shake, a photograph of an alluring woman and a drawing of a house on a river Somehow Elodie feels connected to these objects But how I m a fan of Kate Morton It started with The Forgotten Garden and never ended Her books are long, they are in rich in details, and it takes some time to wade through but the experience is like wading through the most pristine, sheer tropical blue waters, enveloped in glorious details that enrich the story and do not detract or weigh down or push back the delight It especially takes some time for the pieces of The Clockmaker s Daughter to take shape and fall in line But when they do, the pace quickens, and the story is as engaging as one would hope It s a murder mystery with wholesome and resonant themes of love and loss Someone special, alluded to in the synopsis, witnessed all that has happened at Birchwood Manor over the years She knows its harbored secrets and its most seductive love The writing is insightful and unforgettable many passages to highlight Will Birchwood Manor ever shed its shroud of secrets Thank you to Atria Books for the physical copy I was absolutely elated to receive a copy in the mail All opinions are my own I read this sublime book with five book friends Melisa, Holly, Berit, Mackenzie, and Kendall What an experience it was

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    First of all, I want to say that I am a HUGE Kate Morton fan I have loved pretty much every book she has written, and I have recommended her books to so many people That said, The Clockmaker s Daughter is a major disappointment I could barely finish it and only kept going because it was Kate Morton, and I was sure it would get better It didn t.There are far too many characters to keep track of in this story, and there are at least four or five different time periods that you are randomly whipped to and from There were so many times reading this book where I had to stop and think Waitwho is this person again or Where are we now The bigger problem is that, unlike Morton s previous books, I didn t really care about the mystery at the center of the story all that much And the shocking reveals that are at the heart of so many of Morton s books were not all that shocking at all I guess Morton has become so successful that her publisher thinks she doesn t need editing But a firm editor is exactly what this book needed Well, here s hoping her next book is a return to form.

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    Kate Morton writes a beautiful piece of epic interconnected historical fiction, with a strong fantastical element, through the ages, with the focus on the rambling Birchwood Manor by the Thames In 1862, the owner of the Manor, the gifted artist, Edward Radcliffe, and a group of bohemian artists spend the summer there, hoping to be artistically inspired However, it all ends in catastrophe as a woman is murdered, plus the orphaned artistic muse, Birdie Bell, the clockmaker s daughter, disappears suspected of the theft and Edward s life is shattered into pieces What really happened In the present, a young London archivist on the cusp of getting married, Elodie Winslow, is trawling through the archives of James Stratton, and in a leather satchel finds a photograph of a Victorian woman and a sketchbook with the drawing of a home by the river, which somehow feels familiar With multiple narrators, we learn of the history of Birchwood Manor, those who have resided there through the generations and their lives, intrigue and difficulties, throughout with the ghostly presence of Birdie Bell All these disparate stories over time come to connect Elodie delves into the mystery of the items in the satchel, unaware of her personal family connection and how her investigations will impact on her future and personal life This is a story of Birchwood Manor, murder, mystery, theft, secrets, lies, art, love, loss and both world wars The author gives us rich historical details in a narrative that goes back and forth in time in this atmospheric and complex tale I found this novel entertaining and absorbing if a trifle over long Many thanks to Panmacmillan for an ARC.

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    4.5 StarsCaptivating, mysterious and spellbinding KATE MORTON once again put me under her spell with her fabulous new novel THE CLOCKMAKER S DAUGHTER The setting was just as bewitching as the storytelling I absolutely loved the fantastical elements of this story, learning all the secrets hidden in Birchwood Manor and the character connections to the ghostly presence of Birdie Bell, the clockmaker s daughter which was so pivotal to the story for me I love me a good ghost story THE CLOCKMAKER S DAUGHTER by KATE MORTON is an engrossing, wonderful, and breathtaking read here that offers many and such distinctive storylines that I found rather alluring and definitely appealed to me as a reader I was immediately drawn into this gothic story and it fully captivated my thoughts while I was reading this book KATE MORTON skillfully delivers an absolutely beautiful, richly detailed, complex and atmospheric read here that vastly intertwines different time periods and multiple characters together into one astounding and powerful story Even though I had to closely pay attention to all the characters and how they were connected to the story and Birchwood Manor it did not take away how entertaining and enjoyable this story was for me It was great storytelling and the whole story felt like I was doing just that reading a story I have been craving for a story just like this one and it definitely delivered Norma s Stats Cover Eye catching, stunning, pleasing, and grabbed my attention That cover alone made me want to read this book and savour every word A fitting representation to storyline and love how it played into the story so meaningfully Title Intriguing, pivotal, suspenseful, simple but yet an extremely fitting representation to the storyline Even though The Clockmaker s Daughter wasn t necessarily a brilliant title, the ties that bind her to the story definitely was Writing Prose Lyrical, insightful, engaging, beautiful, and detailed Morton s writing style is beautifully detailed and poetic but it definitely required my full attention though I forgot how beautifully descriptive Morton writes Once I was able to fully immerse myself in this tale though which didn t take very long and had the feel with how it was written it was much easier for me to read Plot Suspenseful, mysterious, alluring, engrossing, steady paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining A little bit of patience goes a long way when reading this book Ending Bittersweet, satisfying, and ended with a bit of mystery Although I found it to be extremely fitting Overall An irresistible, relaxing, delightful, suspenseful, and fabulous read An epic historical tale that was a little challenging to read at times but oh so worth it Would highly recommend Thank you so much to Simon Schuster Canada for my ARC to read and review It was an absolute pleasure reading this fantastic novel Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog

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