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The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden
Author: Kate Morton
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 abandon...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416550549
ISBN-10: 1416550542
Publication Date: 4/7/2009
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 164 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
In the beginning this book had me a little confused. Keeping the characters and their time frame straight was a bit of a challenge, but as soon as I grasped the feel of each individual, their own voices came through and the overall story and flow was much easier to follow.

Having quite enjoyed The House at Riverton, I knew that Morton wouldn't let me down with this telling of Nell who as a very young child was left on a ships dock in 1913 with no note or adult and only a little white suitcase containing some clothes and a volume of fairy tales. The dock master took pity on her and brought her home and raised her as his child. On her 21st birthday, a day that she had so looked forward to, her father told her the truth. Destroying the dreams that Nell had had for her future she was then determined to find her true history.

Unable to find the answers before her death, Nell's granddaughter Cassandra finds the suitcase and takes up her grandmothers search. What ensues is a slow unwrapping of family, betrayal, fear, and greed. The reader has to pay close attention since each chapter is told in a different time frame and the story is slowly revealed with quite a few, "oh, I get it now" moments.

Morton creates a beautiful setting with mystery and intrigue at a Cliff Cottage on the Cornish coast. Don't rush this book, take your time and find the clues along the way.
katchy avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
My favorite book, since first hearing it read aloud by my teacher as a 3rd grader has been THE SECRET GARDEN. Who would have dreamed that this book was a grown-up version with the same breath-catching excitement. The character's histories are woven together beautifully as the author skips from one viewpoint and point in history to another. Love, love, love this book!
reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Enjoyable read. Great book for a trip or a few afternoons. Easy to read, and connect with the characters. A story filled with travel, discovery, surprise, love, and connection. This book would be good for a book club since it has many themes throughout the story that could be discussed. However, even if you read it for the simple joy of reading...you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 636 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
What a beautiful book! A beautiful story in a beautifully bound book! I REALLY enjoyed this epic story. It was fascinatingly plotted, with rich characters and historical detail. I loved the whole fairy tale-angle, as well. The book just reminded me of stories from when I was younger. All in all, I really enjoyed it. A wonderful read and I definitely want to read anything else she writes!
SherryKaraoke avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Compelling story, pedestrian writing.
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Kristel avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on
Take your time with this read. You may lose your way at first with each chapter taking on a different era. Don't give up on it! It is worth taking your time to figure out who is who. The magic starts early on in the first few chapters. I promise you will not be able to put the book down!
2manyb00ks avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 203 more book reviews
This was a good book. Clean writing. No swearing or vulgarity. I am all for picking up those big, fat books, but this was a L-O-N-G, drawn out book. Took me quite a while to read, but not because of the page count. The ending (like the last 100 pgs) was really good, fast reading, but this author has a talent for really... drawing... things... out! I picked up the book because of all the great reviews and almost just quit reading it because there were so many slow parts. I was able to sum up the whole book to my husband in about 20 minutes. Overall, it's a good read, just don't expect anything fast paced (and you'll probably fall asleep reading it in bed).
georgiagymdog avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on
A beautiful tale, cleverly crafted and intricately woven. One of the best books I've read in a very long time.

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