The story takes place primarily between the years 1914 and 1925. The narrator is an old woman who is remembering her life "in service" in a large country house. She tells us the story of the old family that lives there and their difficulty coping with the changes of the modern world.
This isn't a mystery novel, but the novel is full of mystery. There are questions of paternity, of who truly loves whom, of the truth about the suicide of a young poet. Framing the story is a movie being made by an American girl who interviews the aged narrator and takes her back to visit Riverton for one last time, a visit that brings many memories to the surface.
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (2006) 473 pages. 4.5 / 5 stars