The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Clockmaker's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House - the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781451649413
9781451649390
1451649398
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Characteristics: 485 pages :,map ;,24 cm.

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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.

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Liselara
Mar 04, 2019

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".

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AmyTaylor2018
Feb 27, 2019

I gave up half way through the book. Very dry and just could not get into it.

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xxzz
Feb 25, 2019

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.

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mahsirg
Feb 19, 2019

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!!

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Linyarai
Feb 14, 2019

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.

VaughanPLKim Feb 12, 2019

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.

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lisadalmau
Feb 11, 2019

I just finished the book and really enjoyed it. It IS a long book with many characters and the time-frame spans over 150 years. The writing is beautifully done. I have read four of the author's five books and I count myself a big fan. However, the ending left unanswered questions and a few loose ends. This is a book that I'll be thinking about for a while. If the reader has time for it, this book will satisfy.

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sherry070
Feb 09, 2019

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.

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dsmith_10
Feb 07, 2019

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.

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