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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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Very enjoyable!

I have really enjoyed this novel, it’s a tale full of wonderful characters, twists, turns and a journey through the ages past and present. There are a lot of people in this book but each one is built into a wonderfully rich character. True it can be a little confusing and I found myself having to listen over again in a few places when my attention had to turn to other things briefly but that was a fault on my part rather than the author or narrator. The story twist and turns but each layer is tied into the rest with skill and the talent we have come to know and love from Kate Morton. The book was beautifully narrated by Joanne Froggert who’s skill in acting and turning characters in three dimensional people really shows through in the wonderful tale. I loved the length of this novel and I feel it gives outstanding value for money and has left me happily reliving the wonderfully descriptive world of Birchwood Manor and the events surrounding it.

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FANTASTIC !!!!

i did not want this book to end
absolutely loved it thankyou for
choosing joanne froggert
one of my favourite readers in audible world
bliss from begining to end .....

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Great writer, dreadful new novel...

I’m a big fan of the author but this is simply an overly long, dull and confusing book. The central mystery gets entirely lost in the quagmire of characters and tangential stories. Such a shame as it started off so well. I’m also a fan of the narrator but this was way beyond her talents. At times it felt like Su Pollard was narrating!

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Another excellent book from Kate Morton I eagerly await the next one.

Another excellent book from Kate Morton I eagerly await the next one. Gripping from start to finish.

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  • JG
  • Kent England
  • 02-10-18

Confusing

I usually enjoy Kate Morton books but I am a few hours into The Clockmaker’s Daughter and I am struggling with the story and at times, the speed of the narration. Fortunately I turned to the description of the book on audible to remind me what the story is actually about. I haven’t given up hope of immersing myself in a brilliant novel but so far it’s a bit of a chore.

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  • Amanda
  • Ringwood, United Kingdom
  • 18-10-18

Easy listen

This book was hard to get into but if you persevere it’s worth it. It can as well be a bit confusing jumping from era to era with Joanne Frogetts voice being the same for all the female characters , but once you get into the story you can work out who’s who!
This is a gentle book and an easy listen that’s well researched

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  • C
  • KIDDERMINSTER, United Kingdom
  • 18-10-18

Bewitching

I loved this book beautifully interwoven, and had me guessing the whole way through, it's a must read, and wished it didn't end.

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spellbinding

a beautiful book with a real sense of what's important in life despite all the trials and tribulations it involves.

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Strap yourself in, this one gallops along!

I'm a big fan of all of Kate Morton's novels and also Joanne Froggatt. The Clock Makers Daughter doesn't disappoint in terms of threads being cleverly woven but pay attention, there are a lot of threads! It's the only Kate Morton novel where I've written down who is who to keep track but that may have been a symptom of the speed of the narration.
Joanne Froggatt narrates clearly although she does gallop through at a rate of knots! Her pace slows when she's doing accents and that was much better. Her accents are also excellent.

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Beautifully read epic story!

Didn't want it to end. Each story weaves inyo the next seamlessly. Don't fret over who is who in the beginning, each character is revisited over and over, switching from era to era and it all comes together in an emotional warm hug!