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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
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The Forgotten Garden (2008)

by Kate Morton

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Really enjoyed this story which moved between three time periods, from Queensland, Australia, to Cornwall, England with an intriguing weaving of the lives of Nell, Cassandra and the mysterious 'authoress.' Three powerful and complex women, three generations, a complex web of relationships and secrets. I found it a real page turner and sometimes had to concentrate hard to move from one generational story to another. Historically fascinating, moving and compelling. I'm keen to read another of Kate Morton's stories. ( )
  CarolPreston | Apr 25, 2016 |
I enjoyed this one much better than the House at Riverton, Morton's previous book. The Forgotten Garden reminded me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Secret Garden, which was one of my favorites as a child.

This book had a great spooky atmosphere, and I loved the mystery that was slowly unraveled from all the different characters viewpoints. ( )
  Electablue | Apr 20, 2016 |
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (3*)

I loved the storyline and I love Morton's writing but I do not care for her writing style. When I read her I just feel pushed & pulled around.
This is a tale of many characters, both likable & unlikable, whose lives take you in & out & around a walled estate garden that time has attempted to forget. The garden is essential to the plot & all of the characters in one way or another; also to many answers of past mysteries & secrets of the characters.
Very nicely done by Morton except for the time & character jumps. ( )
  rainpebble | Mar 25, 2016 |
This story was tragic yet beautiful. Such a wonderful read. ( )
  Raeadav | Mar 25, 2016 |
Interesting plot, but the author was trying too hard to lead the reader to jump to conclusions so that she could add surprising twists throughout the story. The big problem with this strategy is that she wound up distroying the continuity of one of the main characters. I went from loving the main character to just being tired of her. And the ending was just plain unsatifsying. ( )
  Darwa | Mar 18, 2016 |
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All the pieces don’t quite mesh, but it’s a satisfying read overall, just the thing for readers who like multigenerational sagas with a touch of mystery.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kate Mortonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayers, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elisabet W. MiddelthonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faulkner, IanMap artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kwan, LaywanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Middelthon, Elisabet W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mock-Maniscalco, DavinaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A lost child: On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her - but has disappeared without a trace. A terrible secret: On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell Andrews learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.A mysterious inheritance: On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.
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The key to an old
Secret will be found in the
Forgotten garden.
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"From the author of "The House at Riverton" comes a story of outer and inner journeys as "Nell," abandoned as a child, leaves her adoptive parents in Australia and travels to England to trace her story, to find her real identity--a quest that ultimately leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family."… (more)

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