The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Kate Morton

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 41mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416550550
  • ISBN 13: 9781416550556
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 18,158

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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of "The House at Riverton," a novel that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family's secret past. 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-fi rst 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.

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By Lisa Russell 04 Sep 2010 5

This book is magical and will whisk you away to forgotten gardens (just like the title suggests), grand manors, London slums, the picturesque town of Cornwall and barmy Brisbane in Australia.

Following the lives of three different women, each born in a different era and different place you unravel the mystery that links them all. Grown up fairy tales that are full of clues, add to the mystery.

This book was amazing. The rich descriptions made you feel like you were really there, so much so my heart was breaking when reading about the slums. The time spent on each character and location was perfect. The fairy tales were an unusual but clever addition.

I wasn't sure I would like this book as my first impression it would be unrealistic because of the fairy tales but the way the author included them was perfect to the story. I even began to wish such tales existed.
The story is well constructed with everything cleverly linking just like an intricate puzzle.

This is a great easy read that will take you away to magical places and will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend it.

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"A long, lush, perfectly escapist read." --"The Daily News" (NY)