So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂
Happy May! For this month’s “So You Want to Read…” feature, I decided to focus on Kate Morton. I initially was going to post the following for April, but given that it was National Poetry Month, I decided to feature poetry then and pushed Kate Morton’s post for this month. But the following blurb is still valid 😉 : for some reason her books just scream “Spring!” for me (must be the book covers) so that’s why I decided to feature it now 🙂 I’ve read all of her books to date and early on she became an instant favourite of mine; I’m always excited to hear a new book of hers coming out, she does such a wonderful job in bringing a historical period to life and writing a fascinating mystery and family drama and integrating two storylines set in two different time periods in one. Readers of historical fiction would definitely enjoy reading her books.
If you’re interested in reading her books for the first time, here’s my recommendations on where to start:
- The Forgotten Garden (review) — I think this is the book many fans of her books first read; it was certainly mine! But it wasn’t her first novel–That Would be The House at Riverton–but it certainly is a good place to start. This book kept me wondering about the mystery of Nell’s parentage and what happened all those years ago. It does seem a bit ambitious now compared to her other novels in that it juggles three different timelines instead of two, but nonetheless it was fascinating and rife with human drama and intrigue.
- The Distant Hours — I’m personally surprised I never wrote a review of this book here on my blog because it’s certainly a gripping read. The impression it left on my mind from when I read it was that it was very much steeped in family drama, perhaps moreso than any of her other novels (and that element is big in her books!). Complete with an eerie house, yeah, this book was a very atmospheric read, almost Gothic really.
- The Secret Keeper (review) — Kate Morton wrote another cracking mystery with this novel, this time looking at a mother’s past and tensions that led to the dissolution of a friendship and mysterious circumstances during the Second World War. Family again is a notable theme here, and I especially enjoyed the interactions amongst the siblings in the 2011 storyline.
I hope this list helps if you’re interested in reading something by Kate Morton for the first time! My descriptions are a little shorter than usual as it’s hard to say something different about each of them; all of her books, including those I didn’t mention, all have fascinating mysteries that will have you glued until the last page. Highly recommended all around! If you’ve read her books, which one is your favourite? Which would you recommend for first-time readers? Or which books have you been meaning to get around to reading? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂