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Publisher's Summary

Prepare to lose yourself in the enchanting new novel from Kate Morton. 

My father called me Birdie; he said I was his little bird. Others knew me as his child, the clockmaker’s daughter. Edward called me his muse, his destiny. I am remembered as a thief, an imposter, a girl who rose above her station, who was not chaste. 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 in rural Oxfordshire. 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 150 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 it 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.

©2018 Kate Morton (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Excellent story as always

I am a big fan of Kate Morton’s books and this one did not disappoint. The narration by Joanne Froggatt was excellent as well. Her portrayal of both men and women, especially with different accents was perfect.

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Kate Morton’s magic

Typically magical as all Kate’s novels, loved it and loved the performance. All the subtle voices etc brought everyone to life and I found it easy to follow even with many characters and dates

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  • 2019-01-15

Terrible ending, very rushed!

Worst ending possible. Too many loose ends. Talented writer but does not reach her full potential with this novel. A disappointment.

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a haunting beautiful tale of lives connected

this was my first Kate Morton novel it will not be my last .. haunting love story

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Such a disappointment

This book was such a disappointment. I love Kate Morton. I have read all of her books which only compounded my disappointment with this book. Quite simply - the book was awful. It's like she didn't have an editor to tell her that she had WAY too many characters and story lines. By the time you get to the 'big reveal' you're so beaten down by the huge cast of characters and their inconsequential story lines that go nowhere, you don't even care. I kept listening in hopes that somehow it might all come together but I was disappointed.

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Good, but confusing.

A little confusing for an audio book with all the jumping around between characters and dates. Sometimes hard to follow. Wasn't sure if I'd missed something when I reached the end. The narrator, however, was very good.

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  • 2018-12-15

Grabbing story Excellent narration

My first book by K. Morton I will definitively pick up another one. And if it is narrated by Joanne Froggat it will be a bonus! The story is grabbing and unexpected turns, the only reason I do not give 5 stars is that it is sometimes difficult to keep up when it jump through the different times and thus keeping track of the characters can be a little confusing. I love the narrator performance and how she is able to gives each character their own voice without exaggeration .

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Even though the listener/reader knew the connections in the end, I feel that it was unresolved amongst the characters..
I guess that leaves it open for some sort of sequel..
Story was long, grateful to have listened instead of read...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

I enjoyed the audiobook version very much and it certainly made my commute more enjoyable.

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Best story I have listened to in a while!!

I loved this story. It’s a story that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end! The narrator is perfect and is able to portray different characters. Multiple layers and time will be easy to follow and pull you in!! Loved it!

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  • maxine
  • 2018-09-21

Good but feels rushed in the ending

I adore Kate Mortons books they make me cry, make me feel and normally I am bewitched by them. This book does not have the same appeal and I am so sorry. Joannes narration is as always amazing, but the story has too many stories within stories that never get resolved - maybe thats the intention but it does result in a constant flicking back and forth.

The concept is brilliant and the setting are part of my childhood so i so wanted to fall in love with this book - but honestly Kate Forsyths Beauty in Thorns by far addresses the era of art and photography more poignantly.

It is still a lovely book but just not on the same par of The Forgotten Garden and Kates previous books which I recommend constantly to friends.

I just didn't feel this book finished itself to many weird loose ends and lost focus somewhat

Still adore Kates writings

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  • Ruth King
  • 2018-11-09

My least favourite of Kate Morton’s books

I love Kate Morton’s books and was so delighted to have a new one to read. But I almost put it aside by the time I got to chapter 20. But finally finished and then read it a second time. Just too many story lines to follow.

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  • Theresa L
  • 2018-11-08

Not as good as her other books

While I did enjoy this book I found it wasn't as good as her other books. There were way too many characters in this one and I found myself getting confused as to who was who as she would flip times and characters fairly often. I also am not sure if I liked the ending or not, I felt like things were left undone in it. I love Kate Morton's books so am glad I read it, but wish she had done a few things differently in this one.

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  • The Chief
  • 2018-10-25

Kate Morton is back on my must read list.

I was so disappointed in The Lake House I wasn't sure I would buy this book I am so glad I did Loved the story and I was guessing until very close to the end