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Happy Publication Day to Kate Morton for one of our most highly anticipated books for this fall 2018, THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER!  What an exciting day for us and I’m sure for a few of you as well that love Kate Morton novels just as much as we do! The Traveling Sisters just finished this one and of course, we are all cheering!


Lindsay is the biggest fan of Kate Morton in our group and this one was one of her most anticipated reads and the excitement from this sister was out of this coulee!! Norma is also a big fan and could not wait to read get started on this one and let me tell you these sisters were doing cartwheels through the coulee.  Joining in on this read and cartwheeling with us is Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Novel Fiction

Web_L339-3_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s review

Captivating, mysterious and spellbinding!

KATE MORTON once again put me under her spell with her fabulous new novel THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER.  The setting was just as bewitching as the storytelling! I absolutely loved the fantastical elements of this story, learning all the secrets hidden in Birchwood Manor and the character connections to the ghostly presence of Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter which was so pivotal to the story for me.  I love me a good ghost story!

THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER by KATE MORTON is an engrossing, wonderful, and breathtaking read here that offers many and such distinctive storylines that I found rather alluring and definitely appealed to me as a reader.  I was immediately drawn into this gothic story and it fully captivated my thoughts while I was reading this book.

KATE MORTON skillfully delivers an absolutely beautiful, richly detailed, complex and atmospheric read here that vastly intertwines different time periods and multiple characters together into one astounding and powerful story.    

Even though I had to closely pay attention to all the characters and how they were connected to the story and Birchwood Manor it did not take away how entertaining and enjoyable this story was for me.  It was great storytelling and the whole story felt like I was doing just that reading a story! I have been craving for a story just like this one and it definitely delivered!

Web_L355-4_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s review

Evocatively atmospheric. Exquisitely detailed. Brilliantly narrated.

Let me start by stating, I love Kate Morton! She is one of my most favourite authors! I have read and loved all of her books.  I devoured this lengthy novel in days, putting aside all other reading to truly focus on her luscious and delectable writing. This novel stole time away from things I should have been doing, while at the same time I was trying to truly savour every single word of Kate Morton’s brilliance.

This is a multigeneration saga that expands well over 100 years involving love, loss, mystery, murder, art and many hidden secrets. Each timeline adds a deeper layer to this intricately woven and highly detailed story. There are multiple characters and a most memorable and divine English countryside setting that had me swooning. Birchwood Manor, the main setting throughout this novel, is a character of its own and I fell in love with this old mansion that held many secrets.

I was engrossed within this mysterious tale from start to finish. There were a few times, I had to stop and reread sections, as I found myself slightly confused within a few timelines and characters, however, my attention didn’t waiver. It was a fully satisfying and memorable read that I would highly recommend.

Web_L117-1_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review

This was my first book by Kate Morton and I really didn’t know what to expect from one of her books.  I went into this one with a few other books on the go and I found out there are a few things you might need to know when you read The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

This is a story to savor every beautifully written detail and the story and characters need focus and attention.  The story spans over 150 years and many themes are explored here and there is an extensive amount of characters being introduced through this atmospheric setting.  The characters are interesting and engaging and ones you really want to take the time to get to know.

This one makes for a perfect buddy read or group read.  We highly recommend for group reads. We really enjoyed our discussion and it was so great to share in the excitement with each other over this one.

This is a story to really get lost in.  It’s the perfect one to find to cozy up in your favorite reading spot with your choice of beverage, ignore the world and lock yourself into this story.

img_6614From Stephanie’s review

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of love between parents and their children, love between siblings, lost children, adults who have lost their way, discovering oneself,  passion, death, tragic endings, and finding happiness along the way. The ending was emotional and just perfect, and I’m completely won over by Morton’s expressive, poetic writing and intelligent plot. For Stephanie’s full review

Norma’s Stats:

Cover: Eye-catching, stunning, pleasing, and grabbed my attention!  That cover alone made me want to read this book and savour every word.  A fitting representation to storyline and love how it played into the story so meaningfully.

Title: Intriguing, pivotal, suspenseful, simple but yet an extremely fitting representation to the storyline.  Even though The Clockmaker’s Daughter wasn’t necessarily a brilliant title, the ties that bind her to the story definitely was.    

Writing/Prose: Lyrical, insightful, engaging, beautiful, and detailed.  Morton’s writing style is beautifully detailed and poetic but it definitely required my full attention though.  I forgot how beautifully descriptive Morton writes! Once I was able to fully immerse myself in this tale though (which didn’t take very long) and had the feel with how it was written it was much easier for me to read.   

Plot: Suspenseful, mysterious, alluring, engrossing, steady-paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.  A little bit of patience goes a long way when reading this book!

Ending: Bittersweet, satisfying, and ended with a bit of mystery.  Although I found it to be extremely fitting.

Overall: An irresistible, relaxing, delightful, suspenseful, and fabulous read! An epic historical tale that was a little challenging to read at times but oh so worth it! Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending Norma and I an ARC to read and review!  It was an absolute pleasure reading this fantastic novel!


Have you read this one?  Did you find that perfect reading spot to cozy up with this story?  Want to find that spot and cozy up to this one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you

26 thoughts on “The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @SimonSchusterCA

  1. Lana Cole says:

    This sounds like a book I would love to read! Love the different points of view…😊

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      It was a fantastic book Lana! Hope you get a chance to read it. Thanks so much!

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      1. Lana Cole says:

        Thank you, I’ve just requested it, so my fingers are crossed! 😊

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      2. L Lostinacoulee says:

        Crossing my fingers for you too!! 🙂

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  2. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful reviews for a beautiful book! So glad that I read this with you all!! Loved the discussions we had! ❤

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you sweet Stephanie! Loved reading this with you!!!

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      1. Stephanie says:

        You are so welcome!! I loved reading it with you too!!

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  3. I saw Jennifer’s review this morning and got intrigued. You ladies iced the cake. Great reviews!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks Jonetta! I think you would really enjoy this!

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  4. Glad you all liked it. It’s coming in my book of the month box so hopefully I can get to it soon!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you so much! We hope you love it!! Let us know what you think of it once you read it – we would love to hear your thoughts!

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  5. On my never ending list. Great review, ladies!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      haha! Yes – that never ending TBR list……just keeps growing, doesn’t it Marialyce? This is a goodie! Hope you get a chance to read it. 🙂

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  6. Mackenzie says:

    So many wonderful reviews!!! Sounds like you had a fun sister read!!! 💕💕

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks Mack!! Yes – it was a fun one!

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  7. Cozynookbks says:

    Great reviews!!

    I started a Kate Morton book a couple of years back but didn’t get too far into it for some reason. I’d try this one, but since I don’t read books with ghosts in them I’d have to pass on it. 😔

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie! Kate Morton takes a little bit of patience and a little bit of work to get used to her descriptive writing style. They are definitely not books that you can dive right into….not for me anyway. LOL
      I totally understand you wanting to pass on this one!

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  8. Oh man! I’m sad I missed out on this one but I’ll have to look into it! It looks super interesting 🙂 Great reviews ladies!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christina! I’m sad too but totally understand though…..I’ve missed out on so many but I’m still planning on getting to all the ones I missed though! I have high hopes anyway. LOL

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  9. bibliobeth says:

    Lovely reviews ladies, I’m getting quite excited about this book now! 🤗

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! I sure hope that your excitement for the book follows through for you! 🙂

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  10. Tiffany says:

    I enjoyed reading Norma’s stats. Sounds so darn good!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks Tiffany!! 💜💕


  11. carhicks says:

    Wow, no dissenting opinions with this one. I love the way you have all describes this as atmospheric and beautiful. This is one I need to get to sooner rather than later. Beautiful reviews.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks so much Carla! Can’t wait to see what you think of it!!

      Liked by 1 person

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