The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love Kate Morton.
In the past: 1860s, and a group of artists spend a summer at magical house. It ends in a robbery and murder.
In the present: an archivist finds an old sketch book and a photograph and finds herself drawn to the house it depicts. She is also about to be married, but uncertain about what it is she does or doesn't want from life.
Birdie, the clockmaker's daughter, was part of that group of artists and her ghost tells her story and the stories of others who come to the house. At times, it's a school for girls with a lonely young girl; a place for artists, where a damaged World War I veteran goes to research and to hide away; a refuge for a family who have left the dangers of London during the Blitz.
And now the present, with Elodie, and her discovery that she has links to the house.
All these stories weave together and it's just wonderful and tragic and hopeful and beautiful. And I both want to read all of Morton's books at once, and also delay it, so that I'll always have some left to discover.
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