The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton #6bookbestiesapproved #6bookbestiesclockmakersdaughter #6bookbestiesatria @AtriaBooks

When the queen writes it, you read it.

Kate Morton is my number one favorite author – I have read every one of her books and will read her grocery list if I had the option. She is the author I recommend above anyone else. Her lyrical, magical writing is a thing of beauty and such a gift. I admire her tremendously.

Admittedly, this is not my favorite of Ms. Morton’s (may I recommend The Secret Keeper and The Lake House), but is still a beautiful masterpiece. I admire not only the exquisite writing but also the attention to detail and great amount of historical research, oftentimes seeped in tragedy, that clearly goes into her books.

This is a difficult book to summarize as it is extremely intricate in its plotting and development with multiple characters, timelines, and points of view. Yet I have to say I simply adored every single storyline and couldn’t wait to see how they would converge.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, look no further. Kate Morton is your gal.

Thank you to Atria for my advance copy. This book is now available!

Be sure to check out reviews from my @6bookbesties:

Holly’s review

Kendall’s review

Jennifer’s review

Berit’s review

Mackenzie’s review


My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. 

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. 

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter. 


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  4. Holly B / Dressedtoread · 6 Days Ago

    I can’t wait to read my next by her! Thanks for the recs!

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    • thebookcollectiveblog · 6 Days Ago

      I’m so so glad you enjoyed it and can’t wait to hear what you think of her others! You will love them!


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  6. jennifertarheelreader · 6 Days Ago

    Terrific review, Melisa! What a beautiful book!

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  7. sunflowerbooklvr · 6 Days Ago

    Woo hoo! Great review Melisa! So glad to have experienced this read with you 🙂

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  8. Hope you enjoy the rest of the book! The books you recommended from her are the two that I have read, thoroughly enjoyed them!💕

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  9. Stephanie · 6 Days Ago

    I had to laugh when you said you’d read a grocery list if KM wrote it because that’s what I wrote in a review about Karin Slaughter, lol. Your review was great and after a bit of a confusing start with the book (trying to read 3 other books with it was throwing it off), I fell in love with it and am dying to read her other books-this was my 1st KM book. I can definitely see why she’s your favorite author! ❤

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  10. thebookcollectiveblog · 6 Days Ago

    Ha that’s too funny! Can you believe I’ve never read a Karin Slaughter book🙈 I need to get with it! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Stephanie. I think you’ll love her others as well💙


  11. Mackenzie · 5 Days Ago

    I’m so glad I got to experience Kate Morton with you, Melisa!!! This one really crept up on me and delighted me with the ending. Loved reading this together!!!

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