Saturday, 3 April 2010
Book review - The House at Riverton
Well, first of all I have to stress the point that as a regular reader, I did not find that this book dragged at all like some reviewers have said.
I found that the book was highlighted around family values, trust and mutual respect and the way in which Morton wrote the story was one which nearly brought me to tears at the end. (But it could also be a pregnancy thing lol).
The book is based around an elderly woman who relives her life as memories as a lady's maid back when she was 14 years old. Throughout her years there at the house, she is subjected to certain major events which led her to give up her own happiness and her own personal life in exchange for the other members of the household.
The story is based not only on love, but the loyalty of families, the trust/bond in which they are shared, the trust in which was given, the respect between mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. The values of secrets was a big issue within this household and in the end, feelings and respect were what became the major downfall of the connection between two sisters.
Brilliant book from start to finish. After reading the book, it has made me appreciate the little things in life about why we have families, what we do for each other and how we respect each other and not to betray each other. It taught me that you should never live your life as what others want you to, but as you want because at the end of the day, if you do not, it can destroy you in ways you thought unimaginable.
Onto my next book by Kate Morton, named The forgotten garden. Hope it is as good as this one