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The Forgotten Garden

A Novel
Morton, Kate (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Forgotten Garden


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From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton , an unforgettable new novel that transports the reader 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 with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to fi nd 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. At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales. This is a novel of outer and inner journeys and an homage to the power of storytelling. The Forgotten Garden is fi lled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its spellbinding plot to astounding effect. Morton's novels are #1 bestsellers in England and Australia and are published in more than twenty languages. Her fi rst novel, The House at Riverton , was a New York Times bestseller.
Authors: Morton, Kate, 1976-
Title: The forgotten garden
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2009.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Characteristics: 552 p. :,map ;,24 cm.
Notes: "Originally published in Australia in 2008 by Allen & Unwin"--T.p. verso.
Local Note: HA1
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ISBN: 9781416550549
1416550542
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Report This Jan 27, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was fantastic!! It has one mystery after another that runs through generations! A must read for any one who loves history, family battles and secrets

Report This Jan 21, 2014
  • faithjoanne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book for the second time. Now shall read more Kate Morton. Rather gothic, Dickensian characters, involvement of fairy tales give another dimension.

fun read. took awhile for me to get into it though. the author does a good job of teasing you with small amounts of the mystery revealed only slowly. (if you like that sort of thing. if not, it will infuriate you.)

Report This Oct 29, 2013
  • Liselara rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of those terrific novels that once you start, it's hard to put down. Morton goes through many generations to nail an enchanting and gripping story full of mystery. I particularly enjoyed the historical parts which the author does very well. I will say that it is hard to follow as the characters are switched between eras, sometimes in the same chapter and it can get confusing but what a superb denouement.

awesome book! interesting, so many twists and turns of the plot line, the delayed reveal of who nells`(ivorys)` mother is....INCREDIBLE !!!!! I luv it!

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • BookEnthusiast rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book was recommended reading. I was not impressed. The grave details weighed down the story and I found myself skipping large sections. This could have been considerably condensed for a more enjoyable read.

Report This Jul 10, 2013
  • druby rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well, this is the first book I have read by this author. I found it to be a little on the lengthy side. I figure that it could have easily been written with 50-100 fewer pages. Having said that I thought the characters were believable and there were enough twists and turns in the plot line to keep it interesting. I will try another book by this author.

The best book I ever read. Lots of twists and turns. I read it in no time. Could not put it down.

Report This Mar 12, 2013
  • athena14 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Boring and predictable. I kept wanting to shout, "Get on with it!" Only stuck it out because it's a book group selection .

Report This Feb 20, 2013
  • Wenonalake rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

okay,... new to the reviewing books thing but all Kate's books are 5 star in my book. Give them a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Report This Jul 23, 2011
  • marishkajuko rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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