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The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden
Author: Kate Morton
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416550556
ISBN-10: 1416550550
Publication Date: 3/2/2010
Pages: 560
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 498 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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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!
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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 won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 6
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.
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Helpful Score: 6
Compelling story, pedestrian writing.
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 25 more book reviews
Really liked the book. Different countries, different time periods. It's a mystery and you pick up pieces along the way. It could have wrapped up a bit quicker at the end, but I did enjoy it. The descriptions of time, people and places drew you right into the life with the families.
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This is a good book, but it is a challenge to read it because it jumps around in time from the 1900's to l970's to the present in the '90's and you really have to watch the headings on the chapters or you can get lost. Nevertheless, I would recommend it. Genny
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I found it very challenging to follow all the characters and put the pieces together! I wanted to know how the story got solved, but found it frustrating to keep it all straight.