By Kate Morton

The condominium at Riverton is a beautiful debut novel set in England among the wars. excellent for fanatics of Downton Abbey, it's the tale of an aristocratic family members, a home, a mysterious dying and a life-style that vanished perpetually, informed in flashback through a lady who witnessed all of it and saved a mystery for decades.

Grace Bradley went to paintings at Riverton condo as a servant while she used to be only a woman, sooner than the 1st international battle. For years her lifestyles was once inextricably tied up with the Hartford relations, such a lot relatively the 2 daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.

In the summer time of 1924, at a glittering society occasion held on the condominium, a tender poet shot himself. the single witnesses have been Hannah and Emmeline and basically they -- and charm -- comprehend the truth.

In 1999, while Grace is ninety-eight years previous and residing out her final days in a nursing domestic, she is visited through a tender director who's creating a movie in regards to the occasions of that summer time. She takes Grace again to Riverton condo and reawakens her thoughts. informed in flashback, this can be the tale of Grace's early life over the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by way of struggle, of the colourful twenties and the alterations she witnessed as a complete lifestyle vanished forever.

The novel is filled with secrets and techniques -- a few printed, others hidden without end, corresponding to the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. it's also a meditation on reminiscence, the devastation of struggle and a superbly rendered window right into a interesting time in history.

Originally released to severe acclaim in Australia, already offered in ten nations and a number one bestseller in England, The apartment at Riverton is a vibrant, page-turning novel of suspense and keenness, with characters -- and an finishing -- the reader will not quickly fail to remember.

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