The Clockmaker's DaughterThe Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The protagonist and narrator of The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a girl nicknamed Birdie. Escaping the law and an impoverished life in London, her father leaves for America to start a new life. Seven-year-old Birdie is left behind in the care of a woman of questionable morals; he promises to send for her. From the life of a clever thief on the streets of London, Birdie becomes a model for a painter with whom she falls in love. The story traverses time and generations from the 1860s with stops in the early 1900s, WWI, WWII to investigations by a descendant in 2017. There are unique characters in each era!

There are thousands of reviews, so I’ve not much to add. It’s a decent story.

Not so hot. There are many, many characters – some important to the tale, some peripheral distractions. IMO, the editor might have sharpened the pencil a bit.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is written by Kate Morton, narrated by Joanne Froggatt, about 18 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format and released in October 2018 by Bolinda Publishing.

Recommended with the caveat that the listener pays attention – a bit of rewind to keep it straight!


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