Author: Kate Morton
This is my 85th read for the year
This is the story of the Turner-Bridges family - Nora, Polly and Jessica. Jessica has been called to come back to Australia from London after her beloved grandmother, Nora - who raised her - had a bad fall and has been hospitalized. Jessica has been gone from Australia for 20 years - making a way for herself in London nd she is at frist not sure she wants to return. However, she felt she owed it to her grandmother to be there and help get her home. While there, she returns to Darling House where she grew up under the watchful, loving eye of her grandmother. Jessica's mother, Polly, had moved away when Jessica was 10 saying it was better for her to be raised by Nora, and Jess and Polly had drifted apart because of this. Once Jess is settled, she thinks this might be a good opportunity to write about her grandmother and growing up in Darling House, and as she delves into her grandmother's past, she starts to uncover deep family secrets. The pieces of the puzzle of who her grandmother was, and who her mother is come to light as Jess interviews people from her family's past. What she discovers will change everything.
This was a pretty good book. I have read quite a few Kate Morton books, and I keep coming back to her. I do love a dual timeline book and watching the two timelines eventually overlap to make a final outcome. This book is LONG. Way too long, in my opinion. Morton is quite wordy and overly discriptive and just seems to be filling pages with language and scenes that just did not move the plot forward. And of course - we are kept overly in the dark for too long on this one. You do figure out pretty quickly where the story is going and what the big secret is going to be, but a few mysteries stayed until the end for me until they were resolved. You have inklings, but it takes Morton a long, winding path to get there.