I truly liked The Forgotten Garden and had a hard time putting it down. That being said I often found myself looking back over past chapters to link the parts together; I felt like I was reading 3 books within one. Even with that distraction I earnestly read to find out the whole story. It is a long read, but after the first page I was hooked into the mystery of the lives of the characters.
This book kept me spellbound from the first page to the last!
It is filled with love, heartbreak, deep soul searching, tears and laughter. It intertwines three generations (each chapter a different time) beautifully! Often, I have trouble keeping track and end up putting those type of books down. Not so here.... I loved the fairytale aspect and reminded me of old books from the past. Wonderful... you get to know the characters(love some ,hate some) When it ends you are filled with emotion!
A must for my private library!
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!
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).
A beautiful tale, cleverly crafted and intricately woven. One of the best books I've read in a very long time.
Kate Morton is an excellent story teller. Loved being drawn into this particular tale she so expertly spun.
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.
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
I love Kate Morton's books. She is a true storyteller, which is a talent not many modern novelists can claim to be. It reminds me of when my grandmother used to say "now thats a story."
The narrator of the audiobook is spot on in her reading of it and her voice is perfect for the story.
Fabulously written, very well-developed characters, this novel puts you right inside several minds and time periods all at once and beautifully weaves it all around a heartstring-tugging mystery.