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!
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!
This was a pretty good book but I felt it could have ended much sooner than it did. I had it all figured out many chapters before it ended. Seemed to drag a little. Also I kept getting mixed up about who some of the minor characters mixed up. Don't know...maybe they weren't developed enough but I would get frustrated when they would pop up and I'd have to go back and figure out who they were. All in all and okay book but not a favorite for me.
Compelling story, pedestrian writing.
Very interesting storyline from the perspectives of Eliza circa 1907, Nell circa 1975 and Cassandra 2005. Slipping between these times seamlessly, they all work to discover the mystery of their ancestors.
Nell (a four year old) was found by herself on the dock after a steam ship was unloaded in Brisbane Australia. Discovered and later "adopted" by the harbormaster and his wife. She learns that she is not their natural child on her 21st birthday. Many years later, as her stepfather lays dying, he asks that a small white suitcase be delivered to Nell.
Excellent character development, and a very engaging mystery. This is one of those books that you realize 3/4 of the way through that it is really a good one. Four stars.