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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:from the Library, 1900 to 2005, England, Australia, from Trina

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2008)

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This book was well paced, and I was impressed by how seamlessly it moved between timelines. The moves between time periods never felt gratuitous or left me feeling confused. Instead they added the next piece of the puzzle just when I needed it.

However, I found most of the characters so blinded by their obsessions (including Eliza and Nell, who I think were to be viewed sympathetically) as to be rendered unlikeable.

Also, I never found myself believing in the friendship that was so central to this book. Two characters meet, and then we flash forward to a time years later when we are told they have become best friends. Perhaps if there had been a scene or two depicting the development of the friendship, I might have felt more invested in it.

I would read more by this author if I found the characters more likeable. ( )
  ang709 | May 20, 2016 |
A little girl is left abandoned on a ship to Australia with nothing but a suitcase with few belongings and a book of odd fairytales written by a mysterious woman called the Authoress. Who is the little girl? Who does she belong to? Why was she left alone on a ship? With theseqquestions in mind, Kate Morton once again weaves a story that intertwines with the past and the present. There are several narrators in the story who represent three different generations of women. There is Eliza Makepeace, an intelligent and imaginative young woman who is taken off the slums of London and to her mysterious family relatives who live in a large gloomy mansion off the Cornish coast. Then there is Nell, thevvery same little girl who was abandoned on the ship, now a grown woman who wonders abouthher past with the mysterious Authoress and attempts to trace her lineage all the way back to the Cornish coast. Lastly there is Cassandra, a woman who has suffered a tragic lost whensshelloses her husband and child toa ccar accident, she comes into an unexpected inheritance, a cottage off the Cornish coast near a crumbling old Manor thatwwas once belonged to the Montrachet family. All three are connected to the past and each go searching for their own identity. Kate Morton weaves together the past and the present masterfully in her second novel. Based on the fairy tale theme, I found this story even more whimsical than the house at Riverton. Definitely enjoyed this one just as much. ( )
  Clair_de_Lune023 | May 3, 2016 |
Really enjoyed this story which moved between three time periods, from Queensland, Australia, to Cornwall, England with an intriguing weaving of the lives of Nell, Cassandra and the mysterious 'authoress.' Three powerful and complex women, three generations, a complex web of relationships and secrets. I found it a real page turner and sometimes had to concentrate hard to move from one generational story to another. Historically fascinating, moving and compelling. I'm keen to read another of Kate Morton's stories. ( )
  CarolPreston | Apr 25, 2016 |
I enjoyed this one much better than the House at Riverton, Morton's previous book. The Forgotten Garden reminded me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Secret Garden, which was one of my favorites as a child.

This book had a great spooky atmosphere, and I loved the mystery that was slowly unraveled from all the different characters viewpoints. ( )
  Electablue | Apr 20, 2016 |
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (3*)

I loved the storyline and I love Morton's writing but I do not care for her writing style. When I read her I just feel pushed & pulled around.
This is a tale of many characters, both likable & unlikable, whose lives take you in & out & around a walled estate garden that time has attempted to forget. The garden is essential to the plot & all of the characters in one way or another; also to many answers of past mysteries & secrets of the characters.
Very nicely done by Morton except for the time & character jumps. ( )
  rainpebble | Mar 25, 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.
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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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