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Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin @WunderbooksPR! @DelacortePress @MelanieBen

The Traveling Sisters are discussing The Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin and highly recommend this story that is now available!

Norma and I along with a few of our Traveling Sisters have finished reading this story and we are excited to share our reviews with you. The discussion is still going on and Lindsay is finishing up. Please check back for Lindsay’s review.

Norma’s Review

Captivating, affecting, & illuminating!

MISTRESS OF THE RITZ by MELANIE BENJAMIN is an engaging, suspenseful, and hauntingly beautiful historical fiction novel that totally captures something extraordinary here as well as fully capturing my heart. I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of MELANIE BENJAMIN’S ability to weave such a fantastic story that is based on real-life people and actual historical events with her own liberties of juicy fictional storytelling. 

MELANIE BENJAMIN delivers a vividly descriptive, interesting, and well-written read here with characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me. I was totally taken and fascinated with both Claude and Blanche’s dynamic relationship as well as with their lives spent in the highly acclaimed Hotel Ritz in Paris. 

I was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed how this story unfolded right from the very beginning. And I was totally wrapped up in this couple’s relationship and loved the suspense of the unraveling of the secrets and lies. 

Brenda’s Review

I read Mistress of the Ritz with a few of our Traveling Sisters and we all really enjoyed this one with us having similar thoughts on it.

An extraordinary real-life American woman, a proper Frenchman and a glamorous iconic hotel.

Mistress of the Ritz explores the lives of brash and reckless real life Blanche and proud Claude Auzello The Mistress and Master of the Ritz. The story starts off slow and it’s all about the characters here. The story delves into their marriage where secrets and lies threaten their marriage along with the Hotel Ritz in Paris. The real-life people and events are the inspiration of this story and Melanie Benjamin skillfully weaves them into the story well giving her own fictional account to the story and characters. She brings vibrant life to the Ritz and what it must have been like hosting the German’s in this beloved hotel.

The second half takes off and I flew through the pages as fast as I could as we see the secrets and lies unfold. I was completing captivated by Blanche and Claude as they learn the truth about each other. My heart was warmed yet broken after reading this one.

Melanie Benjamin wraps up that ending well and brilliantly left us wanting and needing to talk to each other about it. It was nice to be able to share how that ending made me feel and see how it made my TS feel. The Mistress of the Ritz makes for a great choice for a group read and you will want to talk about it. I highly recommend.

From Debra’s review

The books begins with the couple meeting and showcases the issues in their marriage, their cultural issues and through the use of differing POV, chapters, the reader is given each character’s inner thoughts, motivations and secrets. Some have found the beginning to be slow, but I actually enjoyed the pace. I appreciated how the Author took her time introducing each character and their marital issues. I thought this was nicely done to show how they grew to keep secrets, had misconceptions about the other, lacked effective communication skills and how this affected each other throughout their marriage and especially during a time of great danger. They loved each other, but how well did they know each other? From Debra’s review on Goodreads

From Stephanie’s review

Although the book was a tad slow to start as it centered a bit on the marital problems of the Auzellos, I found by the second half that I couldn’t put the book down and was completely immersed in the story. I thought Benjamin did a great job with telling this story, especially since there is so little record about the Auzellos, but Benjamin takes what is known and turns it into an inspiring, captivating read about two people that I’d never heard of in history. The characters really came alive for me in the second half, and the novel was written as smooth as silk. Of course, the Auzellos aren’t the only main characters in the book as I think the Ritz took on a life of its own with the story sweeping and swirling in and around it. For Stephanie’s full review

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Lovely, intriguing, majestic, eye-catching and a fitting representation to storyline. 
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so fittingly into storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, fluid, vivid, engaging, and captivating. I totally connected with and absolutely loved MELANIE BENJAMIN’S writing style. 
Plot: Haunting, memorable, fascinating, inspiring, suspenseful, perfectly-paced, original, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. I absolutely loved that this book was inspired by the real-life couple of Claude and Blanche and the setting of the Ritz. As I thoroughly enjoy books that are based on real life events and people. Knowing that just makes the story that much more appealing, memorable and fascinating to read. 
Ending: An exceptional and extremely palpable ending that warmed my heart but also left it a little broken-hearted.
Overall: 4.5 Stars! I was totally captivated by this book and totally taken with these characters and their lives and with the events that happened at the Ritz. A book that I am glad that I took my time with and savoured every single word! Loved this book so much!!!! Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Ariel at Wunderkind PR, NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine / Delacorte Press, and Melanie Benjamin for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC of this book.

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The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda @KairaRouda @HarlequinBooks @HarperCollinsCa

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda is now available and if you love a well written fascinating and unreliable character who is much more than that, this is one you do not want to miss. We won’t be forgetting Jane and she has become one of our favorite characters.

After reading Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda it’s hard to believe she could top just how fascinating Paul was. Well she nailed it here with Jane and we have to say we loved her and might just be a bit worried that we did so much!

We read The Favorite Daughter with a few members of the Traveling Sister group and we all mostly loved Jane. Jane gave us a lot to talk about and we really enjoyed our discussion.

Brenda’s Review

The compassionate perfect mother, a loving wife and an all around perfect member of the community. It’s all in the perception with Jane!

The Favorite Daughter  is such a fun and entertaining story that had me shocked by Jane’s behaviour and laughing at her as well. The story is well layered and through Jane’s POV the pieces to the mystery all come together as we see things from Jane’s delusional perception. I thought is was so brilliantly written and clever just how it all comes together.

Jane is such a fascinating entertaining character who is much more than just an unreliable character.  She has this over the top way to her that sucks you right into not only her mind but her conversations as she addresses us the readers. Jane drew us into her perception and right into the dialog. She had me wanting to join in with some of the conversations she was having with us the reader.  Now I have been known to yell at characters before but talking to them is a first. lol . I thought it was a fun and entertaining way to get to know just how Jane’s mind works. I could go on and on with just how fascinating I thought Jane was, however, you need to experience Jane on your own.  

The Favorite Daughter makes for a great book to read in a group and Jane is just so fun to talk about.  I highly recommend.

Norma’s Review

Chilling, absorbing, & oh so wickedly entertaining!

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by KAIRA ROUDA was such a wickedly delightful, gripping and immersive tale that totally sucked me right into this hauntingly dark psychological suspense novel. Once I started reading this one it was hard not to get totally wrapped up in Jane’s fascinating, snarky, obsessive and audacious character. Making it quite the deliciously fun, compelling and an all consuming page-turner. 

KAIRA ROUDA delivers an intriguing, unique and enthralling story here that was so irresistibly written. I absolutely loved Jane’s voice and thought she was such a fantastic character. And the execution and portrayal of Jane’s character was so darn entertaining and absolutely ingenious, allowing us to fully be in the moment with Jane and this story. Extremely impressive! 

I absolutely loved the addition of these little bits of morbid trivia that were included in the storyline in regards to the unusual and freakish ways someone can die. There was one particular way that had me and Brenda chuckling as a friend actually advised me not to do this because I could possibly really hurt myself. Do not under any circumstances put knives in the dishwasher facing upwards because you know you might trip and fall right into the dishwasher and die. Ever since she told me this story I have always and advise others to always put the cutlery in the dishwasher face down. Thanks Jane and my friend Stella for this piece of advice! 

Lindsay’s Review

Wowie – Jane is one character I will NEVER forget!

Jane and David lost their daughter, Mary, in a tragic accident one year ago.   Since then, Jane has been lost within a whirlwind of antidepressants, hiding herself at home, barely interacting with her family.   David plans a memorial service for Mary one year after her passing which marks the day that Jane decides she will move forward from her grieving.   She plans to stop medicating, focus on her youngest daughter, Betsy, and renew the spark that has been lost in her marriage. She is ready to reemerge within her wealthy community and recapture the image of the perfect family she once had.

This novel is narrated by Jane which was brilliantly executed!   Being inside her head was one shocking and unforgettable journey that I will be thinking of long after I finished this book.   I loved her snarky, confident and obsessive personality (not sure what that says about me – hah!). Her inner thoughts and dialogue had me stunned yet addicted to this tragic family story.

 There were a few details to this plot that I had figured out early on, yet it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.   For me, the true entertainment was getting inside Jane’s head and exploring her personality rather than finding out exactly what happened in the storyline.   The author, Kaira Rouda, did an outstanding job with Jane’s character. I look forward to checking out her previous book, Best Day Ever, which I have heard many wonderful things about.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Intriguing, suspenseful, appealing, attractive and an extremely fitting representation to storyline.
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and a fitting representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, vivid, engaging, fascinating, irresistible, amusing, captivating, and fluid. Thoroughly enjoyed the narrative!
Plot: Intriguing, perfectly over-the-top, suspenseful, engrossing, fast-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. I was totally sucked right into this storyline!
Ending: The perfect ending that left me feeling totally elated and satisfied!
Overall: 4.5 Stars! This book was absolutely fabulous and the perfect escape as it was so darn entertaining, fun and amusing to read! Oh and did I mention that it has one of the absolute best psychological characters ever. Kaira Rouda definitely has the knack for writing fabulous characters. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Goodreads Giveaway, Harlequin / Graydon House and Kaira Rouda for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in. 

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Watching You by Lisa Jewell #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA @lisajewelluk @about_thethrill

Happy pub day to one the most anticipated books from one of our favorite authors. Today we are sistering up with Kim @Its All About The Thrill and Christina @Recipe And a Read to share our reviews for Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Brenda’s Review

Lisa Jewell does it again!! She nailed it with this one and satisfied the anticipation we had here with Watching You! She has written another well-layered story in her traditional way of layering those clues and reveals at just the right time but this time with a little bit of a different twist here to that.  She maintained creating that suspense she is a master at but left that final reveal right up to the end. Now there were some clues there and normally I pick up on Jewell’s clues but this time around I found they were hidden in the layers.   When I read that reveal and what came after I was left jumping out of my chair yelling “Wow I didn’t see that coming”.


My first book by Lisa Jewell was I Found You and it became one of my favorite books. I was hooked on Lisa Jewell’s writing and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of her books. I went on a reading binge with a couple of my Traveling Sisters and we enjoyed all her books we read. Then She Was Gone was another highly anticipated book for us and one we all loved. I highly recommend all of her books!

Norma’s Review

Entrancing, irresistible and compelling!

WATCHING YOU by LISA JEWELL is a clever, unputdownable, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that immediately drew me in and had me totally engrossed and interested right from the very first page. 

The opening scene had me so intrigued in finding out who was murdered and why that I was racing through those pages as fast as I possibly could. We the readers aren’t privy to any of that information and that is definitely the strong point of this novel. The process is a slow-burn as we get to know all the characters and their motives. Plenty of questions started swirling around in my mind and where some of those questions are answered the motive behind those actions aren’t revealed to us until the end. 

LISA JEWELL delivers an intriguing, character-driven, well-written and plotted story here with interesting and engaging characters that was told in multiple points of view along with police transcripts intertwined into the storyline. The police transcripts were a favorite and such an effective way for us to get a firsthand look into the investigation and pick up on some of those clues. 

I absolutely loved that this book created so many questions and the subtle clues are perfectly interspersed in the storyline but piecing them all together was definitely making my head spin. So I decided that I was just going to read and let the story do the job for me. And, I am so glad that I did because what transpires in the end was absolutely stunning and so totally worth it! 

Lindsay’s Review


A tense, secretive and twisty story that had me guessing until the end.

This is my third Lisa Jewell book and she continues to impress me.  I love how addictive, fast-paced and gripping her novels are. I just can’t seem to put them down once I start the first chapter.   Her storylines are current, suspenseful and highly intriguing.

There are several characters in this book, all are well developed with perfectly timed introductions, leaving no room for confusion.  The plot largely focuses on Josephine (Joey) Mullen who lives with her new husband in her brother and sister-in-laws’ house in a well-respected neighbourhood. They are trying to find steady jobs and get settled before finding a place of their own. We meet several of their neighbours, with chapters alternating between many of their perspectives.   Each perspective brought a new layer of suspense and allure, each with a hint of secrecy that could possibly connect the intricate pieces of this puzzle together. The title says it all – “Watching You” – this applies to many scenarios throughout this fast-paced and highly addictive novel.

Norma’s Stats
Cover: Eye-catching, intriguing, and effective! Absolutely love everything about this cover and such a fantastic representation to storyline.
Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, and an absolutely perfect representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, absorbing, captivating, and skilled.
Plot: Suspenseful, fascinating, engrossing, fast-paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.
Ending: A twist ending that wrapped up everything perfectly! Loved it!
Overall: An irresistible, intense, surprising, suspenseful, and fabulous read! Would highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for our copies to read and review

Have you read this one? Are you clicking on your favourite bookstore to order it now or out the door to buy this one? Have you read any other books by Lisa Jewell that you enjoyed? Drop us a comment!

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The 2018 Traveling Sister Choice Awards

It’s that time of year…..Goodreads members from all over the world have voted and chosen their favourite books.   The 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards winners were announced and we wanted to see how the winners compared to what our Traveling Sisters voted for.   Such a very exciting time especially for our group of Traveling Sisters who have dedicated so many hours to choosing, reading and discussing books from our mountainous and ever-expanding TBR piles.  

Lindsay started a thread on The Traveling Sister Goodreads Group where Sisters voted for their picks in each category.  The results are in from our Traveling Sisters and the winners are as follows:

FICTION:  

The Dream DaughterThe Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain




HISTORICAL FICTION:  Tie between:

Rust & StardustRust & Stardust by T. Greenwood


Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens




THRILLER/MYSTERY Tie between:

Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


Jane DoeJane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone




HORROR:  

DraculDracul by Dacre Stoker




DEBUT AUTHOR:  

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor




Memoir:

EducatedEducated by Tara Westover




YOUNG ADULT FICTION:  

SadieSadie by Courtney Summers




ROMANCE:  One Day In December by Josie Silver

One Day in DecemberOne Day in December by Josie Silver

*The categories not listed didn’t have enough votes to tally a winner.

Thanks to all the Traveling Sisters who participated!  It was fun to see everyone’s nominations and discuss our thoughts.   

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We are interested in your thoughts!   Did you agree with the Goodreads Choice Awards winners?   Do you agree with what our Traveling Sisters voted for? We would love to hear from you!  

 

 

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The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens @aeskens @HBGCanada #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Joe Talbert is back in this highly anticipated title The Shadows We Hide!!  We are really excited to bring you our reviews from this Traveling Sisters group read.  It is now available, so if you haven’t read it we highly recommend getting your hands on it.  

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens

Web_L365-4_brunetteBrenda’s review

Allen Eskens is a favorite author of ours and I have read and loved all of his books.  I think we read most of his books in our group. I was very excited to see Allen Eskens brought back Joe from The Life We Bury and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Thank you to HBG Canada and Allen Eskens for Norma, Lindsay and my ARCs and the opportunity to read this intriguing and exciting story here with The Shadows We Hide. We all were left cheering after reading and discussing this title.

The Shadows We Hide is the sequel to The Life We Bury where we meet and get to know Joe Talbert and his family.  Allen Eskens drew us in right away with the well-developed characters. He has this way of bringing such emotion to the story through the dynamics between the characters making them very real for us.  

In The Shadows We Hide we learn who might be Joe’s father and that brings a mystery to the story when he is found dead. We are taken to a small town where secrets are hidden and Joe is determined to find answers. The gripping story slowly unfolds with well plotted and perfectly paced twists.  We were glued to our books, turning the pages as fast as we could to that satisfying outcome that had us guessing right to the end.  Norma was so glued to this story, she read it in 24 hours, waking up with the best book hangover ever. 

The ending left us all cheering with how it all wrapped up and we really enjoyed discussing the ending.   If you haven’t read The Life We Bury yet we strongly recommend reading it and following it up with The Shadows We Hide.  You are in for a real treat.

Web_L337-4_brunetteNorma’s review

Suspenseful, gripping & thrilling!

THE SHADOWS WE HIDE by ALLEN ESKENS is an engaging, interesting, fast-paced and excellent mystery novel that pulled me in right from the very first page and held my attention right to the very end.  I was totally immersed in this suspenseful storyline and thoroughly enjoyed the narrative, the mystery and the characters.

ALLEN ESKENS delivers a complex, well-written and well-plotted read here with memorable and realistic characters, a great mystery and some surprising twists and turns along the way.  I absolutely loved how this story played out and I did not guess the ending at all. And I am so happy that I didn’t because I absolutely love it and find it so satisfying when the pieces of the puzzle all fall into place as the story unfolds and we learn the reveals right along with the characters.  

Eskens’ ease of writing and his choice of words is so appealing and highly entertaining.  He has this perfect skill of immersing you totally into the emotional side of the characters making the mystery that much more thrilling.

I was absolutely thrilled and pretty excited to revisit much-loved characters from Eskens’ first book, THE LIFE WE BURY, which I absolutely loved too.  Even though this is a sequel I think it would also work out really well as a standalone.

Web_L353-4_blondeLindsay’s review

A thrilling and suspenseful follow up to The Life We Bury.

Joe Talbert Jr. has graduated from college and is a journalist at the Associated Press. He comes across an article about the murder of a man named Joe Talbert in a small town a few hours away.   Desperately curious to find out if this could be a link to the father he never knew, Joe finds himself digging up details and chasing answers to try to sort through the small town’s secrets.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel from start to finish.  The writing is solid and suspenseful. I was glued to the pages, trying to piece together how things would play out.  The heart-pounding intensity and shock-factor really kicked up a few notches near the end – wow! There were a few things left open in the end, but I was still very satisfied and felt that it was a great way to leave the story.   I hope the intention was to leave the door open for Book #3.

I highly recommend this novel!   If you haven’t read The Life We Bury, I strongly suggest starting with that one so you can get the full backstory on Joe.  He is a fantastic character that I love rooting for.

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover: Eye-catching, intriguing, and an excellent and fitting representation to the storyline.
  • Title: Intriguing and an extremely fitting representation of the storyline.  I absolutely loved how the title played into the storyline.
  • Writing/Prose: Well-written, catchy, suspenseful, and smooth.  Absolutely love Eskens’ writing style!
  • Plot: Engrossing, suspenseful, interesting, fast-paced, and entertaining.
  • Ending:  Surprising, gripping, and intensely satisfying.
  • Overall:  A fantastic, highly entertaining, enjoyable and immersive read!  Would highly recommend!

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Let’s Chat!

Have you read The Life We Bury? Want to?  It’s now being currently read in The Traveling Friends group!  You can find us on Goodreads to join in!

Have you read The Shadows We Hide?  Are you adding it to your want to read list?

Have you read any other books by Allen Eskens?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @SimonSchusterCA

Happy Publication Day to Kate Morton for one of our most highly anticipated books for this fall 2018, THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER!  What an exciting day for us and I’m sure for a few of you as well that love Kate Morton novels just as much as we do! The Traveling Sisters just finished this one and of course, we are all cheering!

 

Lindsay is the biggest fan of Kate Morton in our group and this one was one of her most anticipated reads and the excitement from this sister was out of this coulee!! Norma is also a big fan and could not wait to read get started on this one and let me tell you these sisters were doing cartwheels through the coulee.  Joining in on this read and cartwheeling with us is Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Novel Fiction

Web_L339-3_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s review

Captivating, mysterious and spellbinding!

KATE MORTON once again put me under her spell with her fabulous new novel THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER.  The setting was just as bewitching as the storytelling! I absolutely loved the fantastical elements of this story, learning all the secrets hidden in Birchwood Manor and the character connections to the ghostly presence of Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter which was so pivotal to the story for me.  I love me a good ghost story!

THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER by KATE MORTON is an engrossing, wonderful, and breathtaking read here that offers many and such distinctive storylines that I found rather alluring and definitely appealed to me as a reader.  I was immediately drawn into this gothic story and it fully captivated my thoughts while I was reading this book.

KATE MORTON skillfully delivers an absolutely beautiful, richly detailed, complex and atmospheric read here that vastly intertwines different time periods and multiple characters together into one astounding and powerful story.    

Even though I had to closely pay attention to all the characters and how they were connected to the story and Birchwood Manor it did not take away how entertaining and enjoyable this story was for me.  It was great storytelling and the whole story felt like I was doing just that reading a story! I have been craving for a story just like this one and it definitely delivered!

Web_L355-4_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s review

Evocatively atmospheric. Exquisitely detailed. Brilliantly narrated.

Let me start by stating, I love Kate Morton! She is one of my most favourite authors! I have read and loved all of her books.  I devoured this lengthy novel in days, putting aside all other reading to truly focus on her luscious and delectable writing. This novel stole time away from things I should have been doing, while at the same time I was trying to truly savour every single word of Kate Morton’s brilliance.

This is a multigeneration saga that expands well over 100 years involving love, loss, mystery, murder, art and many hidden secrets. Each timeline adds a deeper layer to this intricately woven and highly detailed story. There are multiple characters and a most memorable and divine English countryside setting that had me swooning. Birchwood Manor, the main setting throughout this novel, is a character of its own and I fell in love with this old mansion that held many secrets.

I was engrossed within this mysterious tale from start to finish. There were a few times, I had to stop and reread sections, as I found myself slightly confused within a few timelines and characters, however, my attention didn’t waiver. It was a fully satisfying and memorable read that I would highly recommend.

Web_L117-1_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review

This was my first book by Kate Morton and I really didn’t know what to expect from one of her books.  I went into this one with a few other books on the go and I found out there are a few things you might need to know when you read The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

This is a story to savor every beautifully written detail and the story and characters need focus and attention.  The story spans over 150 years and many themes are explored here and there is an extensive amount of characters being introduced through this atmospheric setting.  The characters are interesting and engaging and ones you really want to take the time to get to know.

This one makes for a perfect buddy read or group read.  We highly recommend for group reads. We really enjoyed our discussion and it was so great to share in the excitement with each other over this one.

This is a story to really get lost in.  It’s the perfect one to find to cozy up in your favorite reading spot with your choice of beverage, ignore the world and lock yourself into this story.

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of love between parents and their children, love between siblings, lost children, adults who have lost their way, discovering oneself,  passion, death, tragic endings, and finding happiness along the way. The ending was emotional and just perfect, and I’m completely won over by Morton’s expressive, poetic writing and intelligent plot. For Stephanie’s full review

Norma’s Stats:

Cover: Eye-catching, stunning, pleasing, and grabbed my attention!  That cover alone made me want to read this book and savour every word.  A fitting representation to storyline and love how it played into the story so meaningfully.

Title: Intriguing, pivotal, suspenseful, simple but yet an extremely fitting representation to the storyline.  Even though The Clockmaker’s Daughter wasn’t necessarily a brilliant title, the ties that bind her to the story definitely was.    

Writing/Prose: Lyrical, insightful, engaging, beautiful, and detailed.  Morton’s writing style is beautifully detailed and poetic but it definitely required my full attention though.  I forgot how beautifully descriptive Morton writes! Once I was able to fully immerse myself in this tale though (which didn’t take very long) and had the feel with how it was written it was much easier for me to read.   

Plot: Suspenseful, mysterious, alluring, engrossing, steady-paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.  A little bit of patience goes a long way when reading this book!

Ending: Bittersweet, satisfying, and ended with a bit of mystery.  Although I found it to be extremely fitting.

Overall: An irresistible, relaxing, delightful, suspenseful, and fabulous read! An epic historical tale that was a little challenging to read at times but oh so worth it! Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending Norma and I an ARC to read and review!  It was an absolute pleasure reading this fantastic novel!

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Have you read this one?  Did you find that perfect reading spot to cozy up with this story?  Want to find that spot and cozy up to this one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you