The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

by Kate Morton

Washington Square Press | February 16, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.6 in

Published: February 16, 2010

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416550550

ISBN - 13: 9781416550556

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a bit long winded The best part of this book for me can definitely be found in the last 100 pages. I'm really big on conclusions, and this book tied up every last piece of the puzzle. The story was a little bit too sad for me. I guess that was the whole point, that it took generations to mend a broken family. But happy moments were so few and far between that it got a bit tiresome. It had probably one of the more complicated plots of any novel i've read, so I understand the need for it to be a longer book. I just found that the story became long winded from time to time and I found myself wanting to skip ahead, which i NEVER let myself do. It's not that I didn't enjoy this book, I just didn't love it. It will probably be a while before I go to read another Kate Morton.
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fairy Tale Within a Fairy Tale Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. Cassandra learns that Nell wasn't who she thought she was. It turns out that Nell had been raised by a couple who found her on the dock after she had been abandoned on the boat that had carried her from England to Australia at the age of four. Nell had attempted to research her own heritage, but the sudden appearance of Cassandra in her life prevented her from putting all the pieces together. Cassandra takes it upon herself to solve the mystery for her grandmother once and for all. The story weaves back and forth between three generations -- Cassandra in 2005, Nell in 1975, and the two women who are the key to the puzzle in the early years of the twentieth century. It’s narrated by three women in three different times - all three eras are linked by the same family secret that has been hidden for over a century. In present day Australia, Cassandra’s grandmother, Nell, dies and bequeaths her a crumbling old house in Cornwall, England. Intrigued, Cassandra travels to Cornwall, and finding a long forgotten garden in the grounds of the abandoned house, beings to unravel her family’s hundred year old secret. In Victorian England, spirited Eliza flees her from her wealthy but controlling family, never to be seen again. And in the early 1900s, a very young Nell arrives alone in Australia carrying just two items: a little white suitcase and a book of fairy tales written by a mysterious author. Layer after layer, and in alternating chapters, Cassandra, Eliza and Nell tell their tale of love, loss, sacrifice and hope, weaving their individual stories together to make a poignant whole. Although part of the secret is guessable, the finer details are held back right until the end, and when it all comes together, you get a real sense of completion, a fairy tale within a fairy tale (that'll make sense if you read it), a story that stays with you long after the final page has been read.
Date published: 2013-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Got better as it went along So first, I think I should explain why it took me so long to get through this book. Excuse #1: I found the first third of the book boring. Excuse #2: I was busy with school. Excuse #3: I found the first third of the book boring. To be honest with you, if a novel doesn’t captivate me within the first few chapters, it will take an excruciatingly long time for me to finish it because I’ll need to occupy my mind with another book or two during the time I’m “reading” the first one. This was the case with The Forgotten Garden. I had heard many wonderful reviews on this book and it had looked promising, so I couldn’t wait to begin reading it. But the plot just dragged out the first third of the book, and I could not bear to get through it all. So I took a break. A four month-long break, to be exact. In that time, I read The Lord of the Rings series. Once school was over, I vowed to pick up The Forgotten Garden again and finally finish it. And I did. From what had been a slow, snail-like-pace start, soon changed into an original and amusing story, with plenty of plot twists and memorable characters. I was so mad at myself for leaving it for so long and giving up so easily because the conclusion made it all worth it. Kate Morton has such a rich and diverse language — she eloquently paints murals for the reader with merely her words. I absolutely love the way she weaved three separate stories together because it flowed so well. Nell, Cassandra and Eliza all had wonderfully strong voices near the end, and Kate left me wanting more. The more I think about it, the more I realize that this novel really is a gem — what girl wouldn’t love a novel brimming with secrets, fairytales, romance, friendship, familial bonds and delicious words? Still though. Even though I did enjoy the latter half of the book, I can’t forgive Kate Morton 100% for the first half. Therefore I can’t say it was completely spectacular, but merely nice. To view more of my book reviews, visit: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Story I enjoyed this book. There are so many pieces needed to solve the mystery of the origins of Nell, the little girl left alone on the end of a pier in Australia in 1913. However the author does flash between several different story lines in different times as the story develops and that drove me crazy. When I was with one character, I wanted their story to continue and with another character I wanted their story to continue.
Date published: 2012-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Gem This was the first book I ever read by Kate Morton and I have been hooked on her books every since. I didnt want to put it down. Every time I put the book down it was reluctantly and kept me wanting to move on to the next chapter ...then the next.
Date published: 2012-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Summer read If you have time to pay attention and keep the various threads and timelines straight, this is a good beach/cottage read. If you like an easy-to-follow, linear plot, this is not the book for you! I enjoyed it but would not put it among my top faves.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated out of 5 by from A good friend loaned me The House at Riverton.. it was riveting.. (lol). I could not wait to read The Forgotten Garden.. it is equally as good and a "I cannot put this down book". Each page an adventure, writing is superb and the story spell binging.. Good for Kate.. Will also read The Distant Hours and everything else she writes. Rhonda
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exellent read A beautifully written novel that covers three different eras in time. Each chapter dives into a brand new perspective told by every character in the book. I could not put this book down and I had to know what happened to Nell. I highly recommend this book it was one of the best that I've read in the last few years.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Escapism Decent and well written novel which kept me intrigued. Set in three different times, it provided an atmosphere of fairytale magic, hope and mystery.
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Really enjoyed this; kept me thoroughly engaged.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful escape! The only thing missing is a physical book I can purchase written by Eliza. Magical!
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific The further into the book I got, the more I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Mystery What started off slowly got prettty interesting. By the end of the book I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it!!! I would almost say it ruined my vacation because I just couldn't put it down, best book I have read in a long time. So interesting, loved the time shifting, I want another. Highly recommended to anyone, I will tell all of my friends.
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really, really enjoyed this! 4.5 stars In 1913, 4-year old Nell finds herself abandoned, at the end of a ship's crossing in Australia, and is found and taken home by Hugh, the man working at the port that night. Hugh and his wife raise Nell as their own, only telling her what happened when she turns 21. Nell keeps her secret the rest of her life, but after she dies in 2005, her granddaughter, Cassandra, learns what happened and sets out to find out about Nell's biological family and how she came to be abandoned in Australia. The book goes back and forth in time between 1900-1913, the mid-1970s (as Nell travels to England to try to find out more), and 2005, as Cassandra is trying to figure it all out. Wow! I never wanted to put it down! The unravelling of all the secrets and what happened in 1913, and up to that point, and along the way... I loved all the fairy tale references, as the character, Eliza, who Nell remembers taking her to the ship that brought her to Australia was an "authoress" of fairy tales, plus Frances Hodgson Burnett makes a "guest appearance" as a character in the book. Loved that, too! It wasn't too difficult to follow along, even with the shift in time between characters; it actually flowed surprisingly smoothly, though there were a couple of points where I had to be reminded of who knew what or who had talked to whom. Overall, though, this should make my favourites list for this year! I really, really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!!! What a great book! The story line was amazing. I had a very hard time putting this book down.....twists and turns on every page. Haven't read a good book like that in a very long time. Read this book if you want a great story. Can't wait to read another Kate Morton book!!!!
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start, but enjoyable read I found it took a bit to get into this book, but after I did I was happy I finished it. I loved how some of the characters and families of characters were connected with multiple generations.
Date published: 2011-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average The Forgotten Garden is the story of a woman named Cassandra who attempts to uncover the truth about her family's past (and her grandmother's past, in particular). As much as I enjoyed the primary plot there were just a few things that I found rather disappointing. Firstly, I feel as if there was a lot of time wasted developing unimportant subplots (ie. relationship with Christian, the friendship between her grandmother and Ben [I think that's his name]). I feel as if the story could have been much stronger if these subplots had been left out - this exclusion would have allowed the plot to potentially become further devloped, or perhaps allow for the inclusion of a single, strong subplot. All in all, I felt as if I was wasting my time at certain points, and feel like this novel could be shortened by ~100 pages. Secondly, I both liked and disliked the jumping back and forth in time as a means of telling the story. It was rather confusing at first (for maybe the first 50-100 pages, or so, as all characters are slowly introduced). Perhaps there was too much of this for my liking. Lastly, I anticipated the "plot twist" at the end from miles away. I felt as if the novel was trying to trick me because it developed along a train of thought that went against my reasoning - only to find that SURPRISE: I was actually right. Overall, not a bad read. The story is light and easy to disgest, so you need't worry about focusing too much on it even though it may seem daunting, clocking in at 550 pages.
Date published: 2011-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Light Read I read this book knowing from the start that it wouldn't be anything extraordinary but that it would likely function as a good light read. For that purpose it did its job. The book lacked an element of depth that I can't quite put my finger on. Morton certainly seems to have presented all the elements of well-written novel; detailed characterization, purposeful plot, a hint of mystery...and yet there was something missing. I never really got drawn into the story, I even got a bit bored with it mid way through. At times the detail of the characters thoughts or actions seemed forced and ingenuine. Morton has the makings of a good author but there is definitly some room for improvement. I would label this a good "beach read" but nothing more.
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good story but doesn't live up to the hype This was a well written story but not as good as I was expecting. The big surprises were easy to figure out and I felt disappointed when they were finally revealed. I had hoped for something with more of a twist. It's a pretty good read, just don't expect it to be amazing.
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I stumbled across this book,picked it up and thought why not? Little did I know that I would fall in love with Kate Morton's writing!Loved this book so much that I have read her other 2 books,The House at Riverton and The Distant Hours.Can't wait to see what will be next!
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty good but not great Morton is a skilled writer as the story jumps around in time and kept me interested in multiple characters. However, the book just wasn't dark enough for me and I was disappointed in some aspects of the mystery. Things came together too conveniently and wrapped up too neatly. There is a fairy tale theme throughout the book though, so perhaps it's fitting. It seemed like Morton's focus wasn't so much on crafting a good mystery as she was at unveiling answers of an unknown family history and lightly touching on its emotional process.
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You won't be able to put it down... Great Austrailian Fiction. This story of a young woman finding her Grandmother's origins is Kate Mortons best to date. Solid mystery, great switching viewpoints, and various settings keep the reader interested throughout.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Winter Read I found this book hard to get into. My curiosity kept me reading though. The fact that it's over 500 pages is discouraging but it's certainly worth the read. I found the secrets in Blackhurst Manor to be breathtaking and Eliza to be an amazing cousin. The story is divided into three different timelines: Early 1900 from Rose and Eliza's view, 1975, from Nell's view and 2005 from Cassandra's view. Once you get over that confusion, the book is easy to read, the way the author paints the picture is vivid, the plot line didn't fail to amaze me. It's indeed a well written book. The author did try to twist the plot a bit with the ending in regards to the pregnancy, and I noticed my heart refused that to be true. But in the end, I was satisfied that my gut instinct was right. You kind of figure everything out in the end but you still want to read every word of it. It's an amazing book to sit by the fire when you've done everything you needed to do for the weekend and just read away. A perfect winter read!
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read When I first started this book, it was tough to get into as I don't easily fall into books 'in the past'. However, I prevailed and found it to be a book I couldn't put down. I spent most of New Year's Day trying to finish it! I wanted to get to the end, I wanted for the mystery to be solved and even though the prediction I had made came true, it didn't in the way I thought it would. This would make for an interesting movie!
Date published: 2011-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book. Easy to slide into, with likable characters and a mystery that kept me turning the pages to find out if my guesses were on the mark. A perfect book to cozy up with this winter!
Date published: 2010-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read At first I found this book hard to follow all the characters. Started to write all the names down to keep track. Afterward, enjoyed the read.
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising Very interesting story, well developed characters that you just have to love. The story line written as lives of three different women is what gave that novel a needed speed and action. I see just one problem with it: because the story follows three different women, right from the beginning we know they are all involved in the story. When we learn what is the secret, it it obvious that Eliza have to be Nell's mother. So to me it felt that the author gave me a good mystery with all the clues right at the begging. But still she managed to make it interesting and with every page I was more and more intrigued how the story will resolve. I will recommend this novel to everyone who will care to listen.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended I recommend this book because of the interesting story line and characters. I did find it slow to get into and predictable at the end. What is nice about the book is that all your questions are answered at the end.
Date published: 2010-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read I loved this book. I think it is more of a "woman" book but most interesting; the characters are endearing and I felt part of the story. I actually believe that such a story has happened to real people, especially the part relating to the treatment of the poor in that time period. I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a nice, well written and comfortable read.
Date published: 2010-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! At first I found this book hard to get into, but after the first couple of chapters I couldn't put it down! The mystery consumes you, and you can't wait to find out what happens next in each of the 3 time periods the story is written from. An excellent read - entertaining, heart-warming, and very creative!
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated out of 5 by from What beautiful writing The book started slowly for me. I started it and put it down. I finished another book and decided to come back to this and boy am I glad I did! I loved it. The story was heartbreaking and beautiful. I am still haunted by the story. If you do decide to pick this book up, don't be discouraged if it takes you a while to get into it. It will be worth it.
Date published: 2010-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Novel! Wow! I've just finished reading this book and I am still relishing in the aftermath of the story... This book is so rich with detail and color, I truly bonded with the characters and their plights. The characters and the story are richly woven together like a fine delicate tapestry, layer after layer of depth and intricacy all coming together to form a unified whole picture that hauntingly sad, yet beautiful beyond compare... a must-read! Some reviewers commented on the jumping timelines being a little distracting but that was one of the features I loved most about this novel. Three generations of women all weaving together the same story from different perspectives each with their own ghosts to deal with. Ms. Morton does an exceptional job braiding the three stories together, each chapter picking up where the other left off... I truly love this book, one of my best reads this year and definitely one to be added to my collection of all-time favorites. You won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2010-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The Forgotten Garden is a beautifully written account of three generations of women tied together with secrets and searching for themselves. This is the kind of book that needs to be savored. There is just too much happening and too many feelings being uncovered and explored to read much more than one or two chapters at a time. The fact that each chapter seems to focus on another character, and each characters lived in a different century is probably the cause for that. You need time to reconcile the time jumps. This is a fantastic story that I can practically guarantee becoming a must read classic.
Date published: 2010-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This creative mystery captivated me. It was a bit hard to follow for it jumped from 1913,1975 and 2005 but as the story develops, we are able to place every piece of the puzzle. It's the story of three generations that uncovers their family's secret past. This story was a very relaxing, interestin family saga.
Date published: 2010-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Historical read I liked the way that the same story line spans over a century and 3 generations. Explores mystery around the events occured in the early 1900's, their impacts in the mid 70's and unveils the mystery in 2005. On a negative note, this book was a bit hard to read in paperback format due it its size.
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page Turner To be honest, I wasn't too impressed with the book in the first couple of chapters, because the author kept bouncing back and forth between characters, which got confusing pretty quickly and the plot moved quite slow towards the beginning. However, once the reader gets past the initial stage of the novel the plot literally thickens. Suddenly you find yourself wanting to know more as the character's past slowly unveils. If you have the patience to truck through the first couple of chapters, then this is definitely a recommended read. Probably one of the best books I read this entire year.
Date published: 2010-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a really good read! At first I hated this book as it jumps from one era to another, but was determined to read it as I bought it.The storyline got stronger and stronger as I went along and I started to absorb the characters in the book and the part they played. It starts out with a young girl left on a ship and being taken home by the ship's master. He had waited until all passengers had left the ship and the little girl was still there. The story passes through four generations, Eliza, Nell, Leslie, Cassandra, and each one plays an interesting part to the mystery in this book.
Date published: 2010-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I am pretty fussy when it comes to books, so when I rate/review a book in the midst of reading it because I like it so much is saying a lot. It is delicately written and the imagery Morton produces is beautiful and vivid. I like the storyline and it is a refreshing read.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Summer Read The Forgotten Garden has been compared to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden; even author Kate Morton writes veiled references to it in her book. If you expect that quality of narrative and characters you will be disappointed. However if you are looking for the perfect summer read that will whisper “make a glass of ice tea and take me outside for half an hour” this is the book for you. The story has a charm that takes one from page to page effortlessly. The lives of Nell, Cassandra and Eliza weave around you as their stories unfold in three different time periods. Morton also wrote some interesting male characters in Linus and Nathaniel and it is a shame that she didn’t allow them to play a more pivotal role in the story line especially as it drew to an end. Linus in particular would have made the conclusion more affective. Instead the ending was predictable and the last few pages insipid but you are so engaged by that point you suffer through the harlequin style dialogue between Christian and Cassandra. I get the romance but Christian was not crucial to the plot that we have been following for over 500 pages. A woman’s search to find her real family, fascinating fairy tales and a walled garden at the end of a maze all play a key role in everyone’s lives. Underneath all this is the question “How is home defined?” It is the place where we are born? The house that we return to at the end of the day? Is it being with family or that certain someone? Will one unexpectedly discover home while travelling? As the book illustrates we know when we have found home, but we don’t know where or even how it may come into our lives. Kate Morton talks about her book. on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT7mC8PGDwQ
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this booked and did not want it to end I thought Kate Morton wrote a beautiful book. Time travel, romance, mystery, a great easy book to read. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lots of Hype Found this story boring. I wasnt intrigued, and I didnt find myself caring at all about these characters.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absorbing I loved this book. From the first chapter to the end it was difficult to put it down. The end of every chapter was its own little cliff hanger pulling you forward to the next page. The inter-twined story lines and the depth of each character were astounding. This book was recommended to me by my sister in law and I have recommended it to everyone book lover I know. Simply beautiful.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Fantasic Read. The story and characters were so great and you really got into the book wanting to know how everyone intertwined in one womans life. Loved it Loved it Loved it. Cant wait to read another one of her books.
Date published: 2010-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I loved this book so much, I really couldnt put it down. A great page turner filled with mystery. Just when I thought I had it figured out Id turn the page where something new would be revealed and I would be stumped again. You wont be disappointed with this story and you will pass it along to your friends right away as you will want someone to gush about it with. Happy reading :)
Date published: 2010-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This book is beautifully written and captivates the reader within the first 10 pages. There is mystery, love and a sense of spell binding doom that keeps you on the edge of your seat! It is a MUST read...in the leagues of "Cutting for Stone" and "The Red Tent". I am sad that it is over and envy the reader who has just picked it up!!!
Date published: 2010-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down... Wonderful book....you do not know what comes next...hard to put down!
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical, Mysterious Marvel! “The Forgotten Garden” has to be one of the best books I have ever read. It was a gift to me from a good friend and she has once again provided me with hours of total enjoyment. I think what I loved the most about this book is that just as I thought I had everything figured out, Kate Morton managed to throw me for a loop. I couldn’t believe that I thought I had the whole thing figured out by the first couple hundred pages, I thought to myself “How can this be 500 pages? I know the answer to the mystery already!” And then came curve ball after curve ball! It was so amazing to watch the mystery unfold and be just as surprised as Cassandra was! The imagery presented in this novel was absolutely incredible. As we drove in the car, I felt like I was by the ocean, feeling the salty wind in my face. It’s amazing how easily Morton manages to transport us to such amazing locations. I love books that I can escape into like this one, where I forget where I really am because I feel like I’m living with the characters in my books. Another thing that I really loved was how she divided the book up into time periods so that we get the entire story from the point of view of the character, not just looking back at what might have happened. This gives the reader a nice amount of dramatic irony possibilities, as sometimes we know what’s going on when Cassandra still doesn’t. The use of fairy tales was absolutely awesome! I loved how we got to read a few and see how they really are reflections of what was going on in Eliza’s life. Reading about the garden really made me feel like I was in the middle of a fairy tale, that there really was magic involved in creating that garden, as well as all the love that Eliza has for Rose. Honestly, I cannot get over just how much I love this book; it was so amazing and really had me captured in its magical pages. The world that Morton created is like none other than I have ever read, and I hope to get to re-read this fantastic novel. I know for sure I will be reading her other novels, and perhaps go back to some of those fairy tales that I so loved as a kid to see what magical messages they may hide.
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story of 3 generations I loved this book. It is the story of a woman who takes it upon herself to find out the story about her grandmother. As we are travelling with one of the main characters, Cassandra (there are 3 main female characters), to discover the mystery of how her grandmother came to be, we simultaneously find out about her, and her emotionally moving story. I loved the history and the moving between the generations. All of the story developed together, so that we found out about everybody. I also really enjoy historical fiction, and this would fit that category well. You probably will find this enjoyable, if you like reading about history, and people's stories.
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Put Down! Fantastic time travel, great mystery and gorgeous settings. You put the rest of your day on hold to read this!
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I am in shock at how incredibly marvellous this book was. The begining was perfect. The Middle was mysterious and the ending was breath taking! I cried. The forgotten garden is a place I would love to visit. So many stories. Such incredible history! I would reccommend this story a thousand times over to anyone who wants to read it. You will fall in love, just as I have! BEAUTIFUL!
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing Read This novel , to me, had similarities to Wuthering Heights, The Secret Garden, and Oliver Twist. Kate Morton weaves this tale within 3 time periods. 1913, 1975 & 2005.We are transported between these time periods, many times throughout the novel,unraveling clues as we time travel. The center of the mystery is the adult Nell, and her search for her biological parents. Abandoned as a young child and found on the docks of Australia, with only a small suitcase, Nell seeks to learn her true lineage. This search is continued by her granddaughter Cassandra 30 years later. This novel is exquisitely written , with scenes and characters so vividly described it is like dessert for your imagination.. If you want a great story, not too short that you can really sink your teeth into this is the book for you!
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner Loved it. I looked forward to reading it every night before bed, and had a hard time putting it down to turn out the light! Well-written, suspenseful and great character development.
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story....well put together.....keeps you intrigued! this was a fantastic read. Great story line, 3 generations of women's discovery and journey of origins...not like anything I have read before. Beautifully articulated and well scripted. Kept me intrigued until the very end....and what a marvelous ending. this is my first experience of Kate Morton....I will definately be reading more of her!!!
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Officially my new favourite book, AMAZING! The Forgotten Garden had everything for me. EVERYTHING, I absolutely LOVED it! The plot was ingenious, and it never left you without a mystery to mull over. In between reads (it was quite a long novel), I would constantly find myself contemplating the events in the story and it would rarely leave my mind. From beginning to end, I was sold, and the story only got better as you progressed. The way Kate Morton revealed each part of the mystery was very effective and kept me hooked. I enjoyed the parallel progression of the same story during the lives of each different character and through the different eras. Occasionally there were unlikely situations in the book, but that was inevitable and it didn't take away from it all because nothing felt forced or tacked on as a last resort. The ending was powerful, conclusive, and did not disappoint! The characters were interesting and likable, and they were easy to root for. I honestly worried for the well-being of the characters while reading this book. Her characters were also very complex. The protagonists were never perfect and all had flaws that the reader could relate to and even occasionally be frustrated with. The antagonists, on the other hand, (for the most part) were not purely evil, but the motives behind their actions were explained and very plausible. The character development was highly effective. The story even had a little bit of romance, in the perfect dose that didn't overpower the main theme. This book was so well-written, the language Kate Morton used brought the story to another level and reinforced the emotion throughout the story. The mini fairytales throughout were as enchanting as they were meant to be in the novel, and I enjoyed the transformation of writing style when she wrote them. The symbolism in the fairytales and small details, and discovering their meanings as I read made the novel all the more enjoyable. My only regret is that I will never be able to read this book for the first time again!
Date published: 2010-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it. This book has one of those qualities that makes time stand still when you read it. I found this book extremely similar to "The Thirteenth Tale" which is one of my favorite books. Comparatively, it is delivered at a much slower pace. Even though the book spans through 4 generations, you find the development of the characters extremely similar to one another, perhaps this is what the author had intended. I enjoyed it. I would recommend it. I would love to read this again.
Date published: 2009-05-08

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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

by Kate Morton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.6 in

Published: February 16, 2010

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416550550

ISBN - 13: 9781416550556

About the Book

Kate Morton's second novel is a rich and satisfying mystery set in England and Australia of a woman's search for her identity.

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The Forgotten Garden ONE LONDON, 1913 IT was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told. The lady had said to wait, it wasn’t safe yet, they had to be as quiet as larder mice. It was a game, just like hide-and-seek. From behind the wooden barrels the little girl listened. Made a picture in her mind the way Papa had taught her. Men, near and far, sailors she supposed, shouted to one another. Rough, loud voices, full of the sea and its salt. In the distance: bloated ships’ horns, tin whistles, splashing oars and, far above, grey gulls cawing, wings flattened to absorb the ripening sunlight. The lady would be back, she’d said so, but the little girl hoped it would be soon. She’d been waiting a long time, so long that the sun had drifted across the sky and was now warming her knees through her new dress. She listened for the lady’s skirts, swishing against the wooden deck. Her heels clipping, hurrying, always hurrying, in a way the little girl’s own mamma never did. The little girl wondered, in the vague, unconcerned manner of much-loved children, where Mamma was. When she would be coming. And she wondered about the lady. She knew who she was, she’d heard Grandmamma talking about her. The lady was called the Authoress and she lived in the little cottage on the far side of the estate, beyond the maze. The little girl wasn’t supposed to know. She had been forbidden to play in the bramble maze. Mamma a
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Kate Morton is a fiction writer who was born in South Australia in 1976. She earned a degree in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London, followed by an English Literature degree from the University of Queensland. One of her specializations has been studying tragedy in Victorian literature. Morton's novel "The Shifting Fog" has been translated into 12 languages, and she won the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction Book of the Year in 2007.

Editorial Reviews

“Morton whisks the reader into scene after vivid scene, sometimes frightening us, often perplexing us, and always providing us with a great deal of entertainment.”
—Star Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)