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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 514 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 330 more book reviews
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.
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 won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
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 + 23 more book reviews
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.
SherryKaraoke avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Compelling story, pedestrian writing.
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byrd1956 avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 18 more book reviews
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.
reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 29 more book reviews
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!
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.
TeaWithMe avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 31 more book reviews
Kate Morton is an excellent story teller. Loved being drawn into this particular tale she so expertly spun.
reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 50 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.
reviewed The Forgotten Garden on + 141 more book reviews
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
Dargent avatar reviewed The Forgotten Garden on
Loved it!

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.
reviewed The Forgotten Garden on
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.

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