Thursday

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

This story follows the lives of three women, set in three time frames (early 1900's, 1975 and 2005) but all linked together through a garden, on an estate in Cornwall. The story mostly revolves around Nell and the mystery of who she is, where she came from and how/why she ended up where she did. Nell was abound on a ship from England to Australia. She was found stranded on an Australian dock at the age of four. At that time, she was taken in by Hugh (who oversaw the dock) and was given a family and a home. On Nell’s 21st birthday, her father told her the truth of how she came to be a part of his family - a truth that changed the rest of her life.

The book mostly revolves around Nell’s mystery although it’s told through several points of view spanning a little over a century - Cassandra (Nell’s granddaughter - 2005); Nell (1975); and Eliza (early 1900's). At first it was a bit disconcerting all the jumping around from character to character, but I quickly got over that and I absolutely loved it.

The writing was splendid, I loved Ms. Morton’s descriptions of London and Cornwall at the turn of the century. Her characters were likeable and well-developed. With an interesting story and plot that had enough twists and revelations to keep the pages turning. The fairytales scattered throughout the story were my favorite part - I kept looking forward to each one. The book itself is a thing of beauty - with it’s illustrations of frolicking fairies on the inner flap of the covers.

This was just a joy to read!! and I recommend it to anyone that loves a good mystery with a beautiful historical backdrop.

71 comments:

Beth F said...

I've really been wanting to read this one. You may have pushed me into buying it.

Ms Ulat Buku said...

I have a copy of this book sitting on my bookshelf for the longest time. I think I'll try and read it this month.:)

Gwendolyn B. said...

On the basis of your recommendation, this title is going on my to read list!

Nymeth said...

I LOVE the sound of this! Fairy tales! Interconnected stories! Cornwall! Thanks for the recommendation, Nely!

WorkingWords100 said...

Thanks for being in the 9 for '09 challenge.

It's a long way from your home to Australia and England.

Great review.

Isabel

Dar said...

I am so glad to see that you liked this one as I just picked it up the other day.

Teddyree said...

I really enjoyed this one! Still have Shifting Fog to read

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Wow - serendipity! I just finished and posted about Morton's House at Riverton and Katherine from Girl Walks into a Bookstore posted that Morton had this second book out. And now I find your review! I think the universe is telling me to read this book... :)

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