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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Kate Morton

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Title:The Forgotten Garden
Authors:Kate Morton
Info:Pan Books (2008), Paperback, 350 pages
Collections:Your library, Audiobooks, General Fiction
Tags:Fiction, 21st century, British, audiobook

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2008)

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Kate Morton's 'The Forgotten Garden' was a pleasure to read, a tale twisted in masterful form, its pull on the reader irresistable.

Cassandra is left a cottage when her grandmother dies, a cottage on the coast of Cornwall, which is baffling, as Cassandra and Nell live in Australia. Cassandra goes overseas to investigate the cottage and the gaps in Nell's life, and finds out more than she ever reckoned.

The story involves timelines of the early 20th century, 1975, and 2005, and Morton moves back and forth masterfully. I enjoyed reading this book very much and already have another Kate Morton book lined up on the bookshelf for when I next need to take a break from reality and lose myself in another of her stories. ( )
  ahef1963 | Apr 1, 2017 |
Morton is an excellent story teller and in this story she weaves together the lives of 3 generations of women & their search for their family. Gripping & heartening but perhaps a bit too sown up by the end. ( )
  sianpr | Jan 28, 2017 |
Nell was abandoned on a ship bound for Australia when she was a small child. As an adult, her curiosity leads her back to England to search for her family.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 14, 2016 |
I listened to this on Playaway. It was so much fun and even better than The House at Riverston. it has it all - Edwardian fairy tales, Cornwall, Australia, drawings at the V&A, creepy uncle, grandmother with a secret past, an overgrown garden, an inherited cottage amd a little romance. Also, a cameo by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Excellent stuff.

Please write more, Ms Morton ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
LOVED IT!!!! ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 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.
added by Christa_Josh | editBooklist, Mary Ellen Quinn (Apr 15, 2009)

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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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