The Clockmaker’s Daughter
By Kate Morton
In the summer of 1862, a group of artists planned to spend several weeks at a house owned by artist Edward Radcliffe. Birchwood Manor sits on the banks of the Thames outside of London, a gorgeous setting perfect to inspire the young artists. But just a few weeks in, a woman is killed, another goes missing and a precious gem is missing.
That summer, that house, becomes an important part of the lives and stories of a number of people over time – Radcliffe and his family, but also others that would come to be connected with the house over the years. But what really happened that day in 1862?
Review: I’ve been keeping an eye on Kate Morton ever since I read The Forgotten Garden. It took me months to finally get my hands on a copy of The Clockmaker’s Daughter from the library, and I have to say, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
There were so many characters and stories that were tied to Birchwood Manor over the 150 years since that fateful day in 1862, that it’s a bit hard to put my thoughts into words. Morton masterfully wove an intricate plot that was beautiful, engaging, and unexpected. Some of the characters and stories were more developed than others, but all were linked in some way, even if they did not know it. And all were important to telling the story of Birchwood Manor and the Clockmaker’s Daughter (no, I’m not going to tell you exactly who she was) in such a subtle way.
This is a fiction book that I’d definitely recommend to you, for the beautiful writing and creative storytelling. Get on the wait list soon, or purchase at your favorite bookstore. (Amazon affiliate link below, if you prefer to have your books delivered to your door. 😉 )