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The House at Riverton

Kate Morton
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A scandalous tragedy at a lavish English country party in 1924 is about to be made into a movie and, as the last surviving person from the event, 98-year-old Grace is interviewed by a filmmaker about her recollections as a servant at the grand estate.  When young Grace is sent up from the village at age 14 to serve at Riverton, she is immediately fascinated by the three Hartford children, David, Hannah and Emmeline.  The past comes alive as Grace recounts the years surrounding WWI and into the 1920’s as her life becomes entangled with those she serves, especially Hannah.  As the narrative moves between past and present, Grace’s memories gradually reveal long-buried secrets as she paints vivid pictures of the family, the estate, and her fellow servants.  The House at Riverton is an engrossing novel and a great escape. 

Lori Siegel