The Forgotten Garden Paperback – Feb 16 2010
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Amazon Best of the Month, April 2009: Like Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved classic The Secret Garden, Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden takes root in your imagination and grows into something enchanting--from a little girl with no memories left alone on a ship to Australia, to a fog-soaked London river bend where orphans comfort themselves with stories of Jack the Ripper, to a Cornish sea heaving against wind-whipped cliffs, crowned by an airless manor house where an overgrown hedge maze ends in the walled garden of a cottage left to rot. This hidden bit of earth revives barren hearts, while the mysterious Authoress's fairy tales (every bit as magical and sinister as Grimm's) whisper truths and ignite the imaginary lives of children. As Morton draws you through a thicket of secrets that spans generations, her story could cross into fairy tale territory if her characters weren't clothed in such complex flesh, their judgment blurred by the heady stench of emotions (envy, lust, pride, love) that furtively flourished in the glasshouse of Edwardian society. While most ache for a spotless mind's eternal sunshine, the Authoress meets the past as "a cruel mistress with whom we must all learn to dance," and her stories gift children with this vital muscle memory. --Mari Malcolm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A long, lush, perfectly escapist read.”
—The Daily News (NY) (The Daily News)
“Morton whisks the reader into scene after vivid scene, sometimes frightening us, often perplexing us, and always providing us with a great deal of entertainment.”
—Star Telegram (Fort Worth, TX) (Ft. Worth Star Telegram)
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The author, Kate Morton weaves a story so profound and magical, the reader will be be captivated by its intrigue from beginning to end. The story holds mystique, fantasy, realism and leaves the reader never wanting the story to end. The characters and plot are stong and well developed, grabbing the reader with such intensity one feels a part of the journey. It is a lengthy book, but one filled with every emotion possible, sadness, joy, antiipation, revenge, jealousy, longing and love.
This is truly an enchanting book, an absolute masterpiece and one you will definitely not want to miss.
Perhaps, some people would like the book for entertainment, but it teaches you nothing and one cannot give it to a child, because of the suspense.
The plot was ingenious, and it never left you without a mystery to mull over. In between reads (it was quite a long novel), I would constantly find myself contemplating the events in the story and it would rarely leave my mind. From beginning to end, I was sold, and the story only got better as you progressed. The way Kate Morton revealed each part of the mystery was very effective and kept me hooked. I enjoyed the parallel progression of the same story during the lives of each different character and the different eras. Occasionally there were unlikely situations, but that was inevitable and didn't take away from it all because nothing felt forced or tacked on as a last resort. The ending was powerful, conclusive, and did not disappoint!
The characters were interesting and likable, and they were easy to root for. I honestly worried for the well-being of the characters while reading this book. Her characters were also very complex. The protagonists were never perfect and all had flaws that the reader could relate to and even occasionally be frustrated with. The antagonists, on the other hand, (for the most part) were not purely evil, but the motives behind their actions were explained and very plausible. The character development was highly effective. The story even had a little bit of romance, in the perfect dose that didn't overpower the main theme.
This book was so well-written, the language Kate Morton used brought the story to another level and reinforced the emotion throughout the story. The mini fairytales throughout were as enchanting as they were meant to be in the novel, and I enjoyed the transformation of writing style when she wrote them. The symbolism in the fairytales and small details, and discovering their meanings as I read made the novel all the more enjoyable.
My only regret is that I will never be able to read this book for the first time again!
There were parts in the story which I found hard to fathom, for example, Nell's complete rejection of a family who loved her for 17 years, or Eliza's need to get the brooch/hierloom at the end of the story, when she had ample time to get it during her earlier forays. Still, it's an amazing story and Morton's writing is just gorgeous. Her poetic descriptors like "branches scribbled across the horizon" were so pretty.
This book is hard to put down. And I could see this film made into a movie!
Most recent customer reviews
An enchanting story of love and discovery woven accross different timelines. What a wonderful book.Published 1 month ago by Mike Frassetto
<b>Kate Morton</b> is inventive. She excels at painting a completely original family portrait with an intricate history and trail of details that connect beautifully. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carolyn
I couldn't help but keep thinking how fitting the reoccurring theme of fairytales was. Of course, one of the main characters writes fairytales but this entire book is like an adult... Read morePublished 6 months ago by brooke101