The House at Riverton, Part Magical, Mostly Realistic, And A Little Experimental

the sunset the other night

Yesterday I finished reading the novel The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, which was just the novel I would’ve liked to read at the time and I’ve written about it today, so you may know if it’s a book you may like to read too. I haven’t spoiled any plot details or zapped out any suspense for you:


The House at Riverton set in England creates a complete world which feels partly magical and mostly realistic and contains a combination of past and present times, set in the early 1900s and also 1990s. I especially enjoyed how it explored the relationship of sisters and in contrasting ways. I found the old mansion to be a setting I’ve been drawn to myself; I’d wished for more setting description during some passages yet I felt very much a part of the characters’ world even still, and I found it worth reading ‘til the end. I would’ve liked a few of the characters to be more defined but the main ones I could grasp pretty well, especially Emmeline.

I’d like to read more by Kate and also re-read the first of hers I’d read, The Forgotten Garden. I’d recommend this one to readers who like a story half in the present and half in the past and not a perfectly spaced out alternation between the times but an intuitive placement and interweaving of these narratives. It is also a great spring or summer read.

I like writing reviews because seeing what I liked and didn’t like in a book helps me to know what I value in writing in general and what I may want to continue to do or improve or try in my own writing.

Last night’s late post: What Could Be Done With A Dream, Including A Bad One

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