Title: The House at Riverton
Author: Kate Morton
Published: June 2007
Summary: This story is told in flashbacks as Grace explains her life as a servant in an aristocratic home to a movie director who wants to make a movie about Grace’s life. Grace worked as a servant for the Hartford’s since she was a kid. Having grown up with the family her life naturally becomes entwined in their life, but when a young poet shoots himself at one of their parties, Grace is pulled deeper and deeper into that family’s secrets.
Why I Am Recommending: If you mourn the loss of Downton Abbey, this may help serve as salve to your wound. Although this book is a commitment (nearly 500 pages), it never felt long to me as I was enjoying the twists and turns of the story. Partially a mystery, it will keep you hanging on to the very end. Morton writes beautifully and I have added her other novels to my TBR list. This is a slam dunk for any Downton fans.