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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden (2008)

by Kate Morton

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I really enjoy her books. It's not often that I pick up a mystery, but I always read this author's books.

My favorite yet is The Lake House, her most recent book, which means the books just keep getting better :)

Cassandra finds out a mystery about her grandmother Nell.
Nell was found as a baby, abandoned, and was raised to believe herself the biological daughter of the couple that raised her. She found out on her 21st birthday and she barely told a soul the truth. She didn't know the full story.

There's the mystery of why Nell was abandoned, who her parents were, why they never found her, etc.

Cassandra picks up on the trail that Nell had started but never completed.

Interesting story, keeps you guessing. It's not shocking who the mom was but honesty there were probably atleast three people I considered might be her mom, so the fact that I guessed was maybe based on odds :)

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  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
An enticing, well-told story. ( )
  LMJenkins | Nov 28, 2018 |
Great book, well done mystery elements, with an entrancing story of family from Australia. ( )
  JohnLambrechts | Sep 24, 2018 |
This was my first book by Ms. Morton and I loved it! ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
This is an early effort by Kate Morton and is a highly readable Gothic novel of a little girl who is sent by herself to Australia and of her granddaughter who, seventy years later tries to unravel the mystery of her story and family heritage. Like most novels of this type, the plot has enough holes to shoot a cannon through, but it's a tribute to Miss Morton's writing skill that the book held my interest until the end,. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 26, 2018 |
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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 editionscalculated
Ayers, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faulkner, IanMap artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kwan, LaywanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martínez, Carlos SchroederTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Middelthon, Elisabet W.Overs.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mock-Maniscalco, DavinaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schroeder, CarlosTranslatorsecondary 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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