From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Secret Keeper, The Distant Hours, and The Lake House, an unforgettable novel that transports us from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World War I London to the shores of colonial Australia where so many made a fresh start, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, past and present.
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.
The Forgotten Garden is a 2008 novel written by Australian author Kate Morton, driven by the mystery of why a 4-year-old child is found abandoned on an Australian wharf in 1913. While paying homage to Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden and the Gothic novel, Morton's second work explores living with and overcoming loss - of trust, of identity, or of loved ones - and was inspired by Morton's own family history. ..
not her best book. 15
This book will pull you in so fast and will not let you go until the end. I found myself being consumed but yet not wanting the story to end. I have read thousands upon thousands of books and rarely does a book captivate me like this one has. 55
...but alas, too simplistic, fairy-talish, and predictable, despite being extraordinarily convoluted. 35
Magical. So well written. A multi-layered grand adventure. 55
And too slowly progressing to meddle through the whole thing. Too many time jumps to keep track of or hold my interest. I finally moved on to the last couple of chapters to find out what the secret is and could not have imagined reading the whole thing. Sorry, but i think that the diary of Nell could have narrated to a point where Cassandra could have picked up the rest of the story and it would have been less convoluted . 25
I loved this book. Such an interesting and complex plot with a surprise at the end! 55
The author intertwined he story lines together creating a maze of interplay between characters and time. The characters were all believable with no frivolous side tracking...everything was pertinent to the stories conclusion. 55
All the above reviewers have raved about this book. I am the "wet blanket" here....sorry! I thought the book was way too long, characters just a bit too good or bad to be believable. The whole garden thing just too dramatic and I really didn't need the fairy tales. However....everybody else seems to have loved the book, so maybe you shouldn't listen to me! 25
I loved this book, couldn't put it down. 55
A family mystery unraveled through history and infused with romance; a book I will think about often. 45