Book Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

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Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, and when The Clockmaker’s Daughter came out this year, I was one of the first to jump on NetGalley to get a copy. I was so excited to be awarded the book and added it to my August reading queue. It made for a good alternate style given I’m also running a children’s book readathon this month! Although not my favorite of all her novels, it’s an enchanting story and covers a lot of beautiful generations within a couple of families.

What I loved the most about this book was how you never quite knew who was speaking in the beginning of a chapter. It took a few paragraphs or a page or two before it became obvious. Some might be bothered by this approach, but it added to mystery and ambiance for me. The Radcliffe family was quite peculiar, and I wondered whether it would turn out to be accidental death or murder for one or two characters. As the story unfolds and we learned about Elodie in 2017/8 discovering the past, everything comes flooding forward. There are memorable characters in this book and I recommend it for that reason alone. On the flip side, there are over 30 main characters, so it gets a tad difficult to keep focused if you have to put the book down for more than a day at a time. Don’t read it with anything else like I did.

Morton is the queen of lyrical words and astounding settings. The plot is strong, and the twist at the end is great. Along the path, it’s much lighter tho… less about the mystery and more about hearing what happened to people over a century. I found myself eager for more action than present in the book. But it still captured my heart and attention. A solid 4 stars.


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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


15 thoughts on “Book Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

    foodinbooks said:
    August 27, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Hey thanks for the review. I was torn as to whether I wanted to read this or not. I think I’ll give it a go based on your positive feedback, though.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 27, 2018 at 5:23 PM

      I did enjoy it, but there were definitely too many characters to keep track of easily. Sometimes I had to go back and re-read parts, which is rare for me. I think it could’ve been toned down a bit with 1 or 2 side stories stripped out, but overall, still a beautiful story with a great ending.

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    AJ said:
    August 27, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    I love Kate Moreton!!! I got my mom hooked on her too. I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on the TBR

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 28, 2018 at 7:24 AM

      She’s such a fantastic writer. I’m glad to find another fan.

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        AJ said:
        August 28, 2018 at 10:11 AM

        Well you’ve found two as my mom is another:)

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    August 27, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    oooohhhh I’ve had this on my radar! Great review!

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    Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders said:
    August 27, 2018 at 9:57 PM

    You’re on a roll! This one and the Cottingley Secret are on my list. Great reviews.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 28, 2018 at 7:26 AM

      Thank you. I wish I didn’t read them back to back. I started blurring plots at one point! 🙂

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    Rae Longest said:
    September 14, 2018 at 8:42 PM

    Kate Morton is ALWAYS good, and I have not read this one. Thanks for introducing me to this author in one of your reviews!

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