The Forgotten Garden

A Novel

Morton, Kate

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Forgotten Garden
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.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416550549
Characteristics: 552 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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Oct 14, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this title when it first came out and absolutely loved it. I needed to read it again for my library branch's October book club meeting and I ended up enjoying it just as much the second time. An atmospheric, Gothic read full of lots of secrets and interesting female characters. One of my favourite things: the fairy tales found throughout that very effectively hint at the climax of the plot yet still keep the reader guessing. This book remains one of my favourite reads of all time.

Sep 11, 2014
  • mangoberri rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

this deep, twisting tale of family secrets will grab at you and take you on a long journey. the book may be long but it is nonetheless a great read.

A satisfying family saga with all the requisite skeletons in the closet from madness to lost loves.

Aug 20, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'd read this some years ago & enjoyed the story line. Preferred the print to audio.

Jul 09, 2014
  • Petuniax3 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good story with many twists and turns. The way it jumped around from generation to generation, from year to year, back and forth with every chapter through the 1800's to 2005, made it difficult to follow and could be told in a lot less words and pages.

Jun 25, 2014
  • quilteriam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME! I want to tell everyone about this book. I have read it 3 times and would do so again! My husband and my MIL loved this book. I have started on one of her others because Kate Morton spins a wonderful story about life!

May 14, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've enjoyed all Kate Morton's books but this was my favourite. I didn't want to put it down.

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

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.

Jan 04, 2014

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.)

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