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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden (2008)

by Kate Morton

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A well written novel, which was far more complex than I feared it was going to be. Lots of rich characters, wonderful descriptions, many, many red herrings to keep you guessing, and a tiny bit of romance to make the romantics happy. I loved the children's stories and longed to be able to see the illustrations and how Nicholas has overpainted the John Singer Sargent painting to erase Eliza. Ilook forward to reading another of Kate Morton's novels. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Nov 2, 2015 |
I loved this book. A mystery, but not a grueling mystery. ( )
1 vote Big_Blue | Sep 29, 2015 |
It's been a long time since I have wanted to stay up all night reading a book, but this one I couldn't put down. And, although I have now finished it and am ready to pick up a new book, I can't stop thinking about The Forgotten Garden, its characters, its storyline, its mysteries and its revelations. I think this book will be with me for some time to come. ( )
1 vote Denise.Jenne | Sep 29, 2015 |
In The Forgotten Garden, chapters switch between a few important characters in the book. One character is Nell, who as a teenager found out she was adopted and searched for her birth family. Another is Nell's granddaughter, who only finds out about Nell's background as an adult, and starts putting together what Nell had already figured out. And the last character is from the past, from the house that Nell traced her ancestry to. The stories of these characters come together piece by piece throughout the book. I found that this style of storytelling kept a level of mystery about the characters while allowing the reader to get to know them, so that the reader feels invested in the story and wants to know what the outcome is.
1 vote GretchenLynn | Aug 12, 2015 |
I love this book, the characters are believable, you can identify with them, the voices ring true. It does jump back and forth in time as the main character Cassandra tries to solve the mystery her grandmother Nell began to solve 30 years before. There is sufficient tension to keep you turning the pages as the story unfolds between Victorian England, early and mid 20th century Australia and 21st century England.

It begins with a little girl, perhaps 4 years old being discovered alone on a dock in Australia alone. Raised by the harbor master with no recollection of who she is or where she came form Nell lives her life and at 60 years old discovers she must find out who she is and goes to England with only a small suitcase and a book of fairy tales for clues. What she discovers is forgotten when she comes back to find her granddaughter literally dropped in her lap to raise. Fast forward to 2005. Nell has died and left the mystery in her granddaughters hands in the form of aan inherited cottage half a world away in England. So Cassandra goes to England to find out how her Grandmother Nell came by this cottage and why she left it to her. Its an engaging story and mystery after mystery arises as her journey progresses to a very satisfying conclusion. I guessed some of it way before revealed but it did not affect my enjoyment of the story. ( )
1 vote BekiLynn | Jul 27, 2015 |
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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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