The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton begins in 1913 London where 4 year old Nell is hiding on a ship deck waiting for the "Authoress" to return and start their journey to Australia. However, the "Authoress" fails to return and Nell travels to Australia alone with only a small suitcase containing clothes and a book of fairy tales. Nell is adopted by the dockmaster and his wife when the ship arrives in Australia and is raised as one of their own.
This well-crafted mystery is the first in the Ian Rutledge series. Set in England following the devastation of World War I, Rutledge is a returning veteran trying to pick up the pieces of his sanity and his career with Scotland Yard. A prominent citizen of a Warwickshire village has been found brutally murdered in a field near his home. Rutledge is sent by his nemesis to “try and solve” this high profile crime.
This haunting tale transports the reader into the foggy mists of an English country house that hides many layers of secrets. The heroines of the story are Vida Winter, the most popular novelist of her time; and Margaret Lea, the sheltered bookseller Winter has hired to write the story of her life. Margaret is mesmerized by Vida’s telling of a life of gothic strangeness.
This second in the Bess Crawford mystery series, finds the World War I nurse once again embroiled in solving a murder. She has returned to England from the trenches with a convoy of severely wounded men. One of her patients is a burned pilot who insists on having his wife’s picture pinned to his tunic at all times.
In early summer, 1917, Bess Crawford returns from the trenches in France with badly wounded patients, among them a severe burn victim who has a picture of his wife pinned to his tunic. Bess turns her patients over to a clinic in England and boards another train to London for her few hours of leave before returning to her nursing duties in France. She notices another woman in the crowd at the train station who seems gr
As a confirmed Anglophile who enjoys period pieces I find Kate Morton’s mix of modern day and “old England” to be very engaging. Her latest book story begins with Edie’s visit to Milderhurst Castle where the sisters Blythe have lived in seclusion all their long lives. Saffy and Percy take care of the daily living tasks and care for their younger sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since “it” happened in 1941.
Set in 1941, The Lost Garden is a beautifully written story about a thirty-five-year-old English woman who volunteers for the Women's Land Army, an organization devoted to growing crops for the war effort.
Major Payne gets drawn into a mystery when fellow officer Captain Jesty tells him about his clandestine observation of a beautiful woman switching the capsule contained in her aged husband's pill box which constitutes The Curious Incident at Claridge's. It turns out that Lady Tradescant has many reasons to wish her elderly husband dead.
Spanning the early part of the 20th century, this tale of England chronicles the end of the established view of those “in service” - those who worked “downstairs” for the privileged class. It is the story of Grace, who, as a girl of 14, began work as a servant at Riverton just before the outbreak of World War I. For years her life was inextricably tied to the Hartford family, especially the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.