The Clockmaker's Daughter (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Clockmaker's Daughter (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Kate Morton

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Overview

A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860s until the present day.

My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.


In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love, and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982134327
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 284
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 3.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in London and Australia.

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The Clockmaker's Daughter (B&N Exclusive Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I really enjoyed the book I felt like the book was unfinished. For me there really wasn't a resolution for Elodie or Jack. Their stories felt like they were just beginning at the end of the book. I did like how everything and everyone got tied up nicely in the end. Overall it was a really good story. The plot had many twists and without giving too much away I honestly did not expect the roles certain characters took on in the mystery as they did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Kate Morton's previous books and liked them, but I'm on page 182 of this one and wondering if I'll be able to finish it. So far it is incredibly boring and chaotic. Definitely not what I expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. She is my new favorite author. I am usually not a major romantic/mystery reader, but this book made me absolutly love this combination. I am going to buy this book and 4 more by this author. As soon as I finish reading my 900 pg book about the tudors and ann rice vampire chronical book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As all of Ms Morton’s books, confusing when bouncing back and forth in time, but all becomes clear in the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
‘'The Clockmaker’s Daughter’ by Kate Morton follows present-day archivist Elodie Winslow as she comes across a mysterious and very old leather satchel carrying a photograph of a striking Victorian woman, and a sketchbook with a drawing of a twin-gabled house Elodie swears she’s seen before. But how? Over 150 years before Elodie comes across the satchel, in the summer of 1862, a group of artist friends coverage at Edward Radcliffe’s Birchwood Manor, ready to spend a month absorbed in the Upper Thames, their art, and each other. But, before the summer can come to a dreamy end as planned, one woman is dead, another is missing, a rare antique has been stolen, and life will never again be the same for this group of young artists - especially not for Edward Radcliffe. What exactly happened behind the walls of Birchwood Manor in 1862, and why is a place haunted by such mystery and tragedy so vividly familiar to Elodie? And who is the mysterious woman in the photograph, who seems to be at the center of it all? Told in multiple POV’s, across multiple time periods, ‘The Clockmaker’s Daughter’ is a story of murder, forbidden love, theft, art, and the transformative, timeless effects of love and of grief, all converging around one place - Birchwood Manor. This is the first Kate Morton book I’ve ever read, and I have to say I found 'The Clockmaker’s Daughter' to be lyrically written, atmospheric, and haunting. It’s a literary work of art, for sure. 'The Clockmaker’s Daughter' is a book that takes its time. It unfurls its mysteries like a foggy day reveals the surrounding world as it dreamily burns back up into the atmosphere. This is definitely a book with which you need to have patience while it simmers. Its style is very old-world - harking back to both the language and literary style that was popular during the 1800's. Very fitting for the setting. While this book was beautiful and lush, and the story engaging enough that I read it cover-to-cover, I wasn’t immediately sucked in. It took me time to settle into the story, and once I was, a shift in time and character would come along and jolt me right out of my cozy rhythm. I liked reading about the different characters and their time periods, but there were so many POV’s - something I’m not typically fond of - that it made the book choppy and slightly hard to follow. This one took me a while to read because it had a hard time keeping my attention. And yet...I loved this. The charm of 'The Clockmaker's Daughter' was irresistible, and though it took me a while to finish, in that time the story smoothly and slickly spun itself around me and bundled me snugly up in its web. It will remain with me for some time. 'The Clockmaker’s Daughter’ is a beautifully written, old-world style mystery that you can take your time with, and savor. It’s not a quick read, and there’s a lot to take in, but as long as you know that going in, you’ll love it and be able to enjoy it. If you like unfrenzied, exquisite novels, 'The Clockmaker’s Daughter' is for you, and definitely recommended. I’m looking forward to discovering some of Morton’s other work! I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Kate Morton- have read all of her books. Love them all with my favorite being " House at Riverton". But this book didn't measure up. Too much jumping around- too many characters. There were good moments, but the overall story did not flow. Such a disappointment! If you want to try this author, read any of her other books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kate Morton's books and have read them all. But i have to say that this one's ending left me confused and it felt disconnected and I had questions unanswered. I will reread it and will continue to read her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+loved+her+other+books+but+agree+this+was+at+times+hard+to+follow+with+all+of+the+jumping+around.+I++also+felt+the+book+was+pretty+boring+until+the+end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was a very involved one.I did not care for the shift in time from chapter to chapter.When I finished the book was still wondering if I really understood all the relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very confusing too many characters. I really enjoy reading Kate Morton books but this one l didn’t enjoy. Hope her next book is like her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was pretty good. There was too many characters. I found myself back tracking in order to keep everyone straight. I would still recommend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+loved+this+book.+The+way+it+all+comes+together+is+wonderful+and+heartbreaking+at+the+same+time.+It%27s+one+of+the+best+books+I%27ve+read+this+year.++
gaele More than 1 year ago
Initially intrigued with the premise of a long-ago tragedy reaching forward to impact the present, particularly as the tragedy was from the Victorian era, I dove into the book hoping for a story that transported while showing the interconnection and impact of the initial event over the years. And while individual points of view are both beautifully written and hold description and emotion that lead readers to want more – the book failed to captivate me, and I was left often wondering about characters who shared information and seemed to be ‘important’ who just went poof. When you add this lack of threads and a twisty-turny meandering path to any sort of answers, and then make the choice to not clearly define narrative points of view, the story gets lost in the ‘who was that and why are they speaking’ questions that arose. And many of those moments arose, as Morton chose to use multiple (I lost count) narrative voices – some sharing information, others simple impressions and others still whose point I have yet to discern. I wanted a touch of a gothic feel, a bit of ‘oh so that’s why X did that” that would, if not instantly then eventually give me a sense of how a murder and a house could effect the lives (not necessarily for the better) some 250 years later. And sadly, I didn’t’ get that – and found myself hard-pressed to muddle through proclamations and moments from characters that were ill-defined and often felt randomly placed as I tried to work out the one thread and touchstone for the story. It never came. I’m sure that fans of Morton’s writing will love this – but as a first introduction to her work I found it didn’t hold my interest or my attention past an hour at a shot. While the writing is lovely – and her prose is exceptional – it was the plotting choices and characters that never quite developed into anything beyond nebulous that has me disinclined to read her books again. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
4.5★s The Clockmaker’s Daughter is the sixth novel by Australian author, Kate Morton. When bank archivist Elodie Winslow opens a long-forgotten box, she’s fascinated by the contents, in particular a leather satchel containing a sketch book and a photograph of a beautiful young woman. While it should relate somehow to the founder of Stratton, Cadwell & Co., James Stratton, it is apparent that some items belonged to nineteenth-century-artist, Edward Radcliffe. But one sketch especially resonates with Elodie: she’s convinced it is the place of her mother’s bedtime stories. Edward had purchased Birchwood Manor because he felt a strong connection with the place. The plan had been for the Magenta brotherhood to spend the summer of 1862 there, engaged in artistic pursuits. But the intruder who shot and killed Edward’s fiancée, Fanny Brown, had put a premature end to that. Edward's utter devastation was to be expected after such a tragedy. The precious Radcliffe Blue was now missing, and the Police report implicated Edward’s most recent model, a woman going by the name of Lily Millington, but not everyone believed that version of events. What really happened? And did it have anything to do with the satchel, the sketch book and the photograph that Elodie had found? Morton's latest offering weaves the stories of many characters, in the form of anecdotes, vignettes or short stories in themselves, together into one epic tale that spans over a hundred and fifty years, and that ultimately reveals the answers to mysteries and connections, to each other, and to the house. Such an epic needs many narrators, so the cast is not small, even including a ghost, and yet there are often barely a few degrees of separation between them. Morton does tend to use coincidence, which can occasionally make the final reveal seem contrived, but readers familiar with her work will be aware of what to expect. There is no lack of parallels between the lives of various characters and while it is easy to hope for the best for those whose stories are told, some (Ada, Lucy, Winston) hold particular appeal and, for most readers, young Tip will be the stand-out favourite. There are some suitably nasty characters as well, one whose idea of friendship leaves much to be desired. This is a story with twists and red herrings, with grief and guilt, with theft and treasure and hidden spaces, with love of many sorts and a heart-warming ending. Classic Kate Morton. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen & Unwin.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I have read all of Kate Morton's books and loved them all - except this one. I waded through all of the characters and time jumps to a disappointing and unresolved ending. The end felt rushed and unfinished as if the author gave up and was on a deadline and decided this was close enough! I still have questions on what happened and what the future holds for Elodie and Jack.
Anonymous 5 days ago
grabbed+my+interest+from+the+start.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Outstanding book. At times it could be a little complicated with the multiple characters. Loved the way she held together what happened until the end. The present is the past.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This novel is one of the most incredibly well-written books I have read in quite some time. Truthfully, it is what kept me reading until the end.
CharJones2525 3 months ago
A gripping time-bending mystery, starting with a little girl left on the Victorian streets of London, leading to a murder in the 1860s in a manor house perched on the Upper Thames, and ending with secrets revealed a century later. An atmospheric literary puzzle to happily unravel on a rainy day. Named October 2018 LibraryReads and Indie Next selections. 5/5 Pub Date 09 Oct 2018. Thanks to the author, Atria Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TheClockmakersDaughter #NetGalley
JennGrand 12 months ago
This book was downright amazing. Told over the span of multiple generations, it all comes down to one name: Birdie Bell.  The book starts out with a group of artists who spend the summer at Birchwood Manor, hoping to be inspired. But at the end of the summer, one person is dead, one is missing and one's life is in ruins.  Then over a hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Windslow discovers an old leather bag with some unknown treasures inside. As she tries to figure out what they are and what they have to do with each other and possibly with her, you'll be on an adventure of a lifetime.  This book is so fun, full of intrigue and mystery, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss it!
BringMyBooks More than 1 year ago
Kate Morton's books have always held a special place on my bookshelf, and her words a special place in my heart. She has the ability to weave such interesting stories, decades or centuries apart, and keep you hooked on as many timelines as she'll give you, as many characters as needed, as many chapters as necessary - a feat that eludes some authors. Dual timelines are certainly not for everyone, and even as much as I love the plot device, more often than not I find myself highly invested in one and only reading the other just to get back to the good stuff. That's never been the case for Morton, though, and I'm glad - because she brought out ALL the timelines for this one. When I first read the synopsis, I got a vibe similar to Tana French's The Likeness, or Donna Tartt's Secret History (which, to be fair, I have not personally read BUT I have heard is similar to plot to The Likeness). A group of individuals runs away and creates their own home, their own family, their own retreat, just for a little bit - but inevitably it all goes wrong. However, after getting about 25% into the book, I realized that while the synopsis of the book wasn't wrong, and wasn't exactly deliberately misleading, this book only barely resembled The Likness / The Secret History. For that matter, it had a lot less resemblance to Morton's previous works, as well. I know that won't work for every Morton fan, but I ate it up - every POV, every timeline, every chapter that led me in another direction than I was expecting and away from where I wanted to go. The thing that stayed with me long after closing this book, like all of Morton's other books, was the characters - and there is a hefty cast in this novel. Birdie, the clockmaker's daughter. Elodie. Lucy. Leonard. Tip. Juliet. Edward. Ada. And, amazingly, Birchwood Manor. (It's not as though Morton has created the idea that a place, a home, an idea, can be a character - but she does it so beautifully here that it seems necessary to add "amazingly" as a descriptor.) In a way, that I can't explain so as not to give away secrets the book will divulge in it's own time, the manor house itself becomes the narrator of the character's stories. Watching the lives of the various characters weave in and out of the house's history over 150 years was such an enjoyable experience for me. I read the first two of Morton's books (The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden) sometime in 2007 and immediately fell in love with her writing, with her stories, with her characters. The Distant Hours was just as good, if not better, than her first two, and then - and then. The Secret Keeper blew me away - it is still to date one of the books that I am able to successfully hand-sell the most at my bookstore. Following The Secret Keeper was a tough task, and honestly The Lake House let me down a little bit - it still had all the signature touches of a Morton but it was too neat, too easy, too ... something. Or not enough of something. I had a lot of anticipation riding on this most recent release and there's honestly nothing to say other than I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to have a finished copy in my hands!
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
BOTTOM-LINE: Great prose, wonderful saga, but difficult structure . PLOT OR PREMISE: A house in the country has some hidden secrets as do some of the people who visit the house throughout 150 years of history. . WHAT I LIKED: The overall story is awesome, despite some accessibility challenges with the structure (see below). You get to see pieces of the long story in the 1850s with one character as a young girl and another as a young boy; period two is an outing a number of years later when a bunch of artists descend on the house for a seminal event in their history; later occupation of the house by a woman who runs a girls school there; transformation of the house into a museum much later, to honour one of the artists from the fateful summer; occupation of the house by a young family during WWII; a visit to the house by a man and a woman years later; and finally a visit by an archivist in the present day, trying to find out some of the history from those various periods. She has some of the clues about the various timeframes and is trying to piece together more information about the fateful summer. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I didn't like the constant jumping around in time and point of view, which is the structural problem I mentioned above. There are at least seven separate timeframes for the house, and even a couple more in there that are alluded to through reminiscing, but some of the timeframes are not indicated very precisely. You kind of have to figure a couple out as you go. In addition, while the author is a master of lyrical prose, you know some of the story is going to be a bit weird when early on you see an event from the point of view of a satchel that is being opened. Yes, the actual satchel, as if it is alive. It is not the only fantastical element in the book, but the rest would be too much of a spoiler to reveal. A bigger problem I had was that in one timejump, the new PoV is in the head of a woman who has a name VERY similar to that of another character; so much so that I was ten pages into the section before I realized that it wasn't the woman I thought it was, and the timeframe was VERY different as a result. I often read books that have timeline issues that are way more complex than here, but even I had trouble following some of the hops. I also found part of the ending left things a bit hard to understand with one person acting very out of character and the final piece being a bit open-ended. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.
bookaholique More than 1 year ago
Kate Morton gave herself quite a challenge with this book because of all the different story lines. But if anyone is up to the task of bringing it all together, it's Ms. Morton. I will admit it took me awhile to get into the story. I was about 1/4 of the way in when there was the first connection between the past and the present. I remember thinking - oh, okay, now this is going to get good. I just had to find out how all the pieces of the puzzle were going to fit. This is a book to be enjoyed slowly. No skipping or skimming allowed. Do not try to hurry, but savor every moment because at the end, you too may just think - magical. My thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley.