Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

genre: historical fiction/adult fiction

Living in Australia, Nell knows that her earliest past is a mystery.  She only knows that she arrived on a ship and was left at the wharf, alone, save for a small suitcase carrying an illustrated book of fairy tales.  Her journey to discover her beginnings will eventually be taken up by her granddaughter, Cassandra, who must travel across time and around the world to get to the bottom of a family mystery that begins on a beautiful piece of coastline in England.

I love family history stories in general, so I'm not surprised that this one caught my fancy early on.  We move between time periods often - to Victorian England, Australia in the 70s, England in the present day, trying to piece together the story of Nell's family.  It took me a while to keep people and places straight but once I did, I was pleasantly engaged.  I liked its parallels to The Secret Garden but I loved the ways that it was different - the creepy characters, the dark and foggy streets of Victorian London, such a contrast to the garden itself. I didn't have every twist figured out beforehand and the narrative felt tight.  I had a hard time believing EVERY piece of the puzzle, but I can't deny that I was always eager to pick this up.



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5 comments:

Ashley said...

I loved this book! Absolutely recommend it. Great review! :)

bermudaonion said...

If I get the chance to read this one, I'll jot down the characters to help me keep them straight.

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

This made for a great book club discussion...all of our members loved it!
Haven't read any of her others...and her new one comes out in Oct or Nov.

alisonwonderland said...

One of my favorite bits was when - after I'd already been thinking about The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett shows up in a "cameo"! Excellent book!

Tricia said...

I snagged this one when Borders was going out of business. I can't wait to read it!

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