MORTON, Kate. The Clockmaker's Daughter
Booklist Reviews 2018 August #1
The discovery of an old photograph leads London archivist Elodie Winslow to a house from a bedtime story told by her late mother. The house is very real, and very haunted by the ghost of Birdie, a former pickpocket and model for Edward Radcliffe—the most underappreciated member of the Magenta Brotherhood, a group of artists of the aesthetic movement—who died in drug-addled obscurity after his fiancée was shot and a family jewel stolen. Morton's (The Lake House?, 2015) fans will expect the two stories to intersect. But in her most ambitious work yet, she deftly weaves together the stories of Elodie; Birdie; Edward's sister, Lucy; a curious female student at the turn of the century; an academic in the late 1930s; a young family evacuating London during WWII; and a legend about medieval fairies. It sounds like a lot, but with Birchwood Manor, a Tudor-era home with secrets of its own, as the anchor and the missing Radcliffe Blue diamond as the chain, Morton proves once again that history is not a straight line but an intricate, infinite web. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2018 May #1
Archivist Elodie Winslow gets shivers when she discovers the photograph of a woman in Victorian garb with a sketchbook featuring a twin-gabled house. What's her connection to Oxfordshire's Birchwood Manor, where in 1862 Edward Radcliffe gathered young artists for a summer of creative fun that ended tragically? With the multilayered, sink-in-it appeal of Morton's numerous international best sellers.Copyright 2018 Library Journal.
LJ Reviews 2018 October #1
The discovery of a misplaced satchel containing a sketchbook and a Victorian-era photograph of a young woman intrigues Elodie Winslow, archivist at the London-based Stratton, Cadwell, & Co. One of the drawings of a country house viscerally takes Elodie by surprise. It's a perfect illustration of a place from a childhood fairy tale told to her by her long-deceased mother. Precise, disciplined Elodie feels compelled to break the archive's rules by taking the photo and the sketch with her to discover their secrets. Her quest to find the house and the identity of the beautiful woman as well as how this connects to her mother leads her to a group of Victorian artists and a series of tragedies on a summer's afternoon with the house bearing witness to it all. International best-selling author Morton's (
PW Reviews 2018 July #5