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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), Kindle Edition, 660 pages
Collections:Your library, Kerry's, Ebooks, 2012 Reading
Tags:Fiction, Historical, R2012

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2008)

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A little girl thinks she is playing a game with her friend “The Authoress”, however, she soon finds herself all alone on a ship bound for Australia from England. When she arrives she sits alone on the dock … waiting … seemingly with no memory of her life before getting off the ship. The harbormaster takes pity on her and takes her home, where he and his wife raise her as their own. On the occasion of her 18th birthday he feels he must tell her the truth how she came to be part of his family.

Although nothing has changed in her family’s feelings, she feels suddenly different and alienates herself from all those she loves. Fast forward to a visit from her grand-daughter, who discovers a strange book of fairy tales hidden away is a little white suitcase … and thus the story begins to unfold. The reader is taken seamlessly back and forth between past and present to unravel the mystery of the little girl, the woman she became and the mysterious “authoress” who seems to be at the center of it all.

A good read that kept me turning the pages.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I have read a few great books lately and this is one of them.
I try not to go into a book with others' opinions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't look for any fault and I did not find it.
Sometimes it's nice to just sit and get engrossed in a story. Morton's writing allows that. She makes the reader pay attention, which keeps interest throughout.
Her fairy tales were great and her writing brings the characters and settings to life. ( )
  jenngv | Jun 25, 2015 |
This is one of the better books I've ever read. Beautiful writing. I admit that sometimes I was a bit mindful on how long it was, but I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded from multiple points of view. I highly recommend! The only people who wouldn't love it are those who don't like "literary" or descriptive books. I love them. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
This was a gorgeous listening. Usually, I wouldn't read or listen such stories because this light fiction is mostly too 'sweet'. In this case it was the contrary. I liked the time switching between the beginning of the 20th century to the 70s and nowadays. It's the story of an old lady who was searching for her roots but wasn't able to fulfil her task. Therefore her ganddaughter is solving the puzzle of their ancestry and the mystery which their ancestores are mystified.
This story shows also life in the Victorian time but also a kind of surrogate motherhood in a very early time. ( )
  Ameise1 | Apr 13, 2015 |
This is a terrific story. It requires a good deal of perseverance, especially through the first third or so. There is a lot of flowery language and very detailed descriptions of flowers, walls, the sea, a cup and saucer, etc. The attention to detail interferes with the story a bit. However, about half way through you can start to see the various strands of the story taking shape and intertwining. If you can make it that far its well worth sticking with it until the end.

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  grandpahobo | Mar 22, 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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For Oliver and Louis More precious than all the spun gold in Fairyland
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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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