Kristen Smoot, May 12, 2013 (view all comments by Kristen Smoot)
This novel, while taking place over the course of 100 years, drags you in and doesn't let go until the epilogue. I found the pace and character development to be spot on. The fairy tales that are interwoven throughout the story serve as foreshadowing, like a teaser trailer. This book was absolutely delightful, and with all the twists and turns it will keep you guessing, and have you gasping out loud at times.
Beth Ann Beckmann, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Beth Ann Beckmann)
I can't remember the last time I stayed up till I just couldn't keep my eyes open one more moment. Part historical fiction, part mystery, with the thread of a love story- and the best of of all three.
whaldeanie, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by whaldeanie)
This story captures the reader on the very first page. It has everything! From sweeping the reader from the early 1900's to present day and back again,in a very clever way,to a fantastic mystery not solved until the very end. I loved the characters, the way the author developed the plot and I never wanted this beautiful story to end. Forgotten Garden was my pick for the month as I am a member of a Book Group in our community. It was a busy month and I had doubts that our group could finish this 500+ page book,due to various schedules. To my surprise everyone finished and it was praised by all. You will want to share it with your friends too....I bought two so far, for gifts!!
Washington Square Press -
"Shifting back and forth over a span of nearly 100 years, this is a sprawling, old-fashioned novel, as well-cushioned as a Victorian country house, replete with family secrets, stories-within-stories, even a maze and a Dickensian rag-and-bone shop."
by The Daily News,
"A long, lush, perfectly escapist read." (NY)
Kate Morton's second novel is a rich and satisfying mystery set in England and Australia of a woman's search for her identity.
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, a novel that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family’s secret past
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.
In 1913 London, a little girl plays hide-and-seek on the deck of a ship while waiting for the woman who left her there to return. But as darkness comes, the girl is still alone when the ship pulls out from the dock and steams away on a long, grueling journey to Australia. There, the dock master and his wife take in the small castaway who is carrying nothing but a child’s white suitcase containing a few clothes and a book of fairytales. They name her Nell and raise her as their own. It’s not until her twenty-first birthday that they tell her the truth. Nell returns to England in search of her identity and that of the mysterious woman who abandoned her. Her quest is not fulfilled until after her death, when her granddaughter, Cassandra, travels to a cottage on the cliffs of Cornwall and discovers the secrets of its forgotten garden.
A tale of outer and inner journeys, and an homage to the power of storytelling, The Forgotten Garden is filled with remarkable characters who weave their way through its intricate plot to astounding effect.
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