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‘The House At Riverton’ by Kate Morton

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however you can check out the full premise by simply clicking on the book’s image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here

Her presence downstairs that afternoon brought a cerise glow to Mr. Hamilton’s cheeks and a nervous animation to his fingertips, which now hovered busily about his lapel. The curious matter of station perplexed Mr. Hamilton specially, for in the poor, unsuspecting woman he perceived an adversary. Though as butler he was the senior servant, responsible for overseeing the house’s management, as personal secretary she was privy to the shimmering secrets of the family’s business affairs.

Mr. Hamilton plucked his gold fob watch from his pocket and made a show of comparing its time with that on the wall clock. The watch had been a gift from the former Lord Ashbury and of it Mr. Hamilton was immeasurably proud. It never failed to deliver him stillness, to help retain authority in instances of stress or bother.

Paperback Edition Page 430.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘A Daily Rhythm’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
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    • Hi Sonia,

      I really enjoy Australian author, Kate Morton’s writing style and intriguing storyline. ‘The House At Riverton’ is definitely worth considering adding to your list.

      Butlers held great sway and influence in a gentleman’s household, so any gift bestowed upon him, would have been treasured and coveted and would have added a stature to his importance amongst the household staff.

      Thanks for stopping by. It seems ages since we last spoke and I appreciate your comment 😉

    • Hi Lindsay,

      Kate’s books have received such rapturous acclaim from just about all quarters, that I certainly hope to read the rest of her stories very soon, as I really enjoyed ‘The House At Riverton’.

      Kate’s latest book ‘The Lake House’, will be available here in the UK, in hardcover, in October 2015 and it sounds as intriguing and appealing as the rest of her titles.


      One of my all time favourite authors is Australian and Kate Morton’s name will certainly be joining that of Dean Mayes from now on 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, it is great to hear from you

  • Well you know how I feel about Kate Morton’s books. I’ve enjoyed all four and look forward to next one (hardcover in the fall, I believe) once it’s available in softcover. This brought back good memories of a very pleasurable reading experience. 🙂

    I’m currently reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This excerpt is taken from 55% into the Kindle version:

    “At Madame’s suggestion, they lie down in the weeds, and Marie-Laure listens to honeybees mine the flowers and tries to imagine their journeys as Etienne described them: each worker following a rivulet of odor, looking for ultraviolet patterns in the flowers, filling baskets on her hind legs with pollen grains, then navigating, drunk and heavy, all the way home.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Book five is out in hardcover only in October, so I guess we will have to wait some time before the softcover version is published. More great cover art and a storyline set down in my part of the UK, (we are about 1.5 hours drive away from Cornwall and its fantastic coastline and scenery), makes ‘The Lake House’ a must add to my list!


      ‘The House At Riverton’ was just as engrossing and enjoyable the second time around 🙂

      In a little over a year ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ has amassed over 22,000 reviews and 169,000 ratings, with an overall score of more than 4.2 stars, all well deserved by the sound of things. The premise is so intriguing and interesting and I really want to add it to my ‘Want To Read’ list, although I do feel a little guilty, as I know I am unlikely to ever get to read even a small percentage of that list!

      Your teaser lines are so lovely and descriptive and bring to mind a recent trip we made to a National Trust property, where hubbie captured an amazing piece of video, showing a bee trawling around and around a flower, visibly mining the nectar as it went. What was just as interesting, were the much smaller bees and insects, which followed directly behind the worker, gathering up the miniscule drops of nectar which had been dropped!

      Thanks for sharing your book and lines … I have just hit the ‘Want To Read’ button … I couldn’t help myself 🙂

  • Morton’s books are always a great read. It’s good to find an author who can keep the good stuff coming! Emilia Rutigliano has a series called Alexandra’s Order which I am into right now, another author I have found that consistently brings great reads every one she writes! It’s awesome, alexdrasorder.com is the series page. Our bookclub actually picked this series and it’s been fun! That’s where I have read Morton’s books as well! Love our little club!

    • Hi Tania,

      Thanks for stopping by today. I love meeting new people and always appreciate the visits and comments 🙂

      I must admit that I have never been tempted to join a bookclub, even though I know of several within the area in which I live. I think it is the thought of having to read a book to a defined timetable that puts me off, which is also the reason I never use the library, which is a bit bad of me, as I am a great believer in keeping as many libraries open as possible.

      I did check out Emilia Rutigliano’s page at Goodreads and although I quite like the sound of both the Alexandra and Veronica series, I’m not sure that they are for me. I am notoriously bad at ‘series reading’ and these books definitely sound as though they need to be read in strict sequence, which I assume is what you have done at bookclub.

      That’s where an author such as Kate Morton comes into her own for me. She can deliver the goods, whilst at the same time coming up with original and stand alone stories, so that I can dip in and out of her writing at will.

      I seldom tend to read books from the same genre consecutively, unless I have a specific review request, I’ll read just about any genre with the exception of science fiction, although fantasy and paranormal are only occasionally on the schedule.

      Great chatting with you 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Just about everyone who has read any of Kate Morton’s books, have thoroughly enjoyed them and have nothing but praise for her writing style and intriguing storylines.

      Kate has written four books to date, although there is a fifth due out towards the end of the year. ‘The House At Riverton’ was her first book, written back in 2006, so this might be a good place for you to start, although the books are all independent stand alone stories.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, as always I appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      I’m surprised at just how popular ‘The Forgotten Garden’ is. It is undoubtedly the book mentioned the most on all the sites I have visited and by folks who chat about Kate’s work.

      As all the books seem to follow a similar cover art style and I can’t find anything when comparing synopses, which makes ‘The Forgotten Garden’ any more memorable than any of the other storylines, so I can only assume it must be the title of the book itself!

      Interesting and totally unexplainable, although I have to say it will probably be the next Kate Morton book on my ‘Want To Read List’ 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I am sure you would enjoy ‘The House At Riverton’.

    • Hi Karen,

      As well as an impressive ‘Want To Read’ list and a mind blowing Kindle directory of stored books, I also have an additional list of all the authors whose work I want to read someday.

      So my dilemma is always, when I discover an author whose style I really enjoy, do I read as many of their books as I can lay my hands on, or do I try to sample as many of the authors on my list as possible?

      I have so far always taken the second option, so whilst I greatly admire Kate Morton’s writing, I can’t imagine that I shall ever read all her books, as much as I would like to.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by this week, i always appreciate your contribution to the discussion 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Wow! that’s almost a full house score for Kate Morton, her writing obviously has universal appeal 🙂

      Almost all of her books come thoroughly recommended and with so many excellent reviews of ‘The House At Riverton’, I shall be hard pushed to find anything new to say, although I really do feel compelled to add my own voice and praise to the list!

      Thanks for checking out the post and taking the time to add your comment 🙂

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