The Clockmaker’s Daughter
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In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. 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 Radcliffe’s 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 artist’s 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 Clockmaker’s 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 clockmaker’s daughter.
I’m a Kate Morton fan. I’ve enjoyed every book of hers I’ve read, so when I learned that she had a new book coming out this fall, I knew I had to read it. I was so excited to receive an e-ARC from the publisher!
This book was just what I expected from Kate Morton. It was a mystery spanning generations, full of love and heartbreak. It took a while for me to see how the pieces would all fit together, but they did eventually. I like that this book got where it was going but didn’t rush. I also really liked the narrator and learning her story – but I don’t want to say more and risk spoiling anything!
It you’re a Kate Morton fan like I am, you’ve got to read The Clockmaker’s Daughter. And if you like sprawling multi-generation historical fiction mysteries, you should check this out too! Recommended!