Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specializing in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. With just three novels published, Kate Morton has sold over 7 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours have all been number one bestsellers around the world. Each novel won the Australian Book Industry award for General Fiction Book of the Year. You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at www.katemorton.com or www.facebook.com/KateMortonAuthor
In 1961, 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson witnesses her beloved mother murder a strange man. It's not until 2011 as the now fragile mother celebrates her 90th birthday that Laurel attempts to learn the truth behind this shattering event, which she's kept secret. Time and viewpoint move from World War II London to rural England in the 1960s to 2011. Morton is particularly adept at rendering people and situations, which are never quite as they seem. Narrator Caroline Lee is brilliant; characters personify their time and place perfectly. Listeners may need to remind themselves that there is only one reader. VERDICT In addition to those who appreciate superior writing, family-saga and historical-fiction fans will find much here to enjoy.-Susan Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.