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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden: A Novel (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Kate Morton

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Title:The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
Authors:Kate Morton
Info:Washington Square Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 560 pages
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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2008)


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Like The House at Riverton, this novel's twists at the end aren't too surprising. But like Riverton, this book isn't read for the twists or surprises...it's read for the complexity of the characters and how different lives intertwine.
I find it interesting that two of this author's works focus on lost family histories. The marketing talks about secrets, and there are plenty of secrets in this. But that's not the real point behind this exploration. It's about reclaiming what was lost to different generations by those secrets.
Lives, even my own, are impacted when family members decide to not discuss some event or element of their histories. Generations are changed by those choices. It seems like it's for the greater good but in the end, it leaves people with less. Even when they don't know what's missing, they know something isn't there.
The author gives us a very satisfying ending by providing answers for the quest of her characters. In this case, two generations are required to unearth the fullness of their own histories. Really a very well told story that I enjoyed.
The only flaw was the number of point of view characters. In combination with the time shifts, it made the opening section (about 100 pages) more difficult to follow at times. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded. ( )
  Laine-Cunningham | Feb 22, 2015 |
A brilliant book - a really good read - and just perfect if you like genealogy ( )
  fross | Jan 8, 2015 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from the first page all the way through to the end. I found myself wanting to finish the book in order to see how the mystery unravelled, but at the same time I was sad to know that I would soon have to put the book away. I found the characters to be interesting and well-developed and the plot believable. The ending was neither rushed nor drug out like many other books I've read. I also found the love stories in the book to be refreshing - no torrid love scenes, but rather the artful expression of developing interests and deepening emotions. I found it a bit challenging to keep track of the many characters in the book, especially given the style of not only switching between characters, but also between time-frames, but this task became easier as the plot developed and was well-worth the effort since each of the characters had their unique role in the story. ( )
  Nancy_Archdekin | Jan 4, 2015 |
I think Kate Morton is a developing author with great potential and this novel proves it. I found the book very engaging, interesting mystery-type plot, amazing sense of place. Some things I didn't like: an early story line never seemed to develop into much. And often times I had to read and re-read sentences and change emphasis on various words to figure out the meaning of the sentence. (Trying to read it in the way I think the author meant). Little things. But I can't wait to read more of this author's books though, good things are coming I'm sure. ( )
  jsalmeron | Dec 8, 2014 |
Loved the allusions to The secret garden and Frances Hodgson Burnett woven into the story,Really enjoyed Morton's descriptive prose, and the story held my attention.
  leica | Dec 2, 2014 |
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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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