Kate Morton has written yet another endearing family saga novel set in an English country manor. The story begins in 1961 when a young Laurel witnesses her mother commit a shocking crime. Over the years, Laurel puzzles over what she witnessed that awful day. Now that she has reached her fifties, her mother is dying and as the family gathers, Laurel begins to question what she witnessed so long ago. Her questions take her into past decades, to the 30’s and 40’s to her present time of the 60’s. Slowly, motives and secrets are unearthed.
What I enjoy most about Kate Morton’s work, is that beneath the surface, characters are never what they first appear. As one turns the pages, the story’s details unfold, shedding just enough light to keep one intrigued, but never enough to reveal all. Complex relationships, a touch of humor, a fabulously romantic setting, and dark secrets kept my interest, but it wasn’t until the last quarter of the book where I was truly gripped. A shocking revelation that made me rethink all that had been previously revealed. A great story and book to cuddle up with.!