November 2012 read-along on The House at Riverton

Here is the synopsis on Goodreads:

Summer 1924

On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999

Grace Bradley, ninety-eight, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and old memories – long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind – begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge, something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent twenties, The House at Riverton is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.

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This book counts for the following challenges:

    

Historical Fiction

If you follow this blog, you may remember how ecstatic I was at the reading of The Forgotten Garden in May. And Kate Morton has a brand new book coming out in October, The Secret Keeper, which I am currently reading, and it IS GOOD!

So it’s time to catch up with her other books I have not read yet. To do so, I’m organizing this read-along.

The book has 4 parts, about 160 pages each, so we are going to have a discussion on each part every Monday in November.

Here is the breakdown:

November 5:
Part 1: pp.3-167 [from ‘Ghosts Stir’ to ‘Until we meet again’, included]. Access the questions and answers here.

November 12:
Part 2: pp.171-335 [from ‘The Twelfth of July’ to ‘The Ball And After’ included]. Access the questions and answers here.

November 19:
Part 3: pp.339-448 [from ‘Catching Butterflies’ to ‘The Choice’ included]. Access the questions and answers here.

November 26:
Part 4: pp.451-593 [from ‘Hannah’s Story’ to the end]. Access the questions and answers here.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

  • I’m glad I didn’t start reading Kate Morton with this novel, because I may never have read other books by her, and I loved so much The Forgotten Garden and The Secret Keeper. Can’t wait now to finally read the Distant Hours…
  • But The House at Riverton was dragging for me: too many pages with too many secrets and hardly any clue for hundred of pages.
  • I also thought there were too many characters: as things were getting confusing, I did a chart, and ended up with 70 characters, and I’m not even sure I didn’t miss any!
  • I also found it too heavy, lacking of some positive outcome.
  • One thing I enjoyed was tracking down common details between Rebecca and The House at Riverton. But really, who can beat Daphne du Maurier?
  • I also discovered that hosting a read-along is hard work, and I didn’t get as much active participation as promised, so I don’t think I will host another read-along too soon. Maybe it would work better with a shorter novel.

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25 thoughts on “November 2012 read-along on The House at Riverton

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  2. Everyone is blogging and bragging about Kate Morton and her books look out at me from the pile while I’m reading something else. This will force me to get with the program so please sign me up. I’ve never done this before and I think it will be great fun!

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