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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (Feb. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550556
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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“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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Format: Paperback
I have read literally thousands of books during my lifetime; some forgotten as soon as the pages have been read. However, "The Forgotten Garden" will remain with me for the rest of my days. In 1913, a young girl is abandoned on a ship from England to Austraila, and what follows through the pages is a journey back and forth through time in search of her true identity.

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.
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The Forgotten Garden by K. Morton has a nice language and unusual beautiful mataphors. But, otherwise, the authoress couldn't decide whether she wanted to write a suspense novel, or fairy tale. The unexpected, cruel end points to the former, but otherwise the rest of the book is a fairy tale. The characters are either good, or bad, the coincidences plentiful and predictable, the main plot repeated with small alterations, and it has a happy end.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
The Forgotten Garden is one of those rare, absolutely page-turning books. I read it a few months ago on a trip to South Africa, but the plot and characters are still very much alive in my head. This book has everything: history, mystery, loss and love. (That sounded like a poem!) Kate Mosse writes fluidly and the story line just flows so that you don't even realize you're turning pages and have been sitting in the same exact spot for the past four hours. Only a select few books take me to that place, and The Forgotten Garden was one of them. An excellent read!
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I could not put this book down. Infact, it is the first book in a very long time that I was obsessed with! I didn't want to do anything else in the span of a week that it took me to finish it. I think I even skipped meals on some days just so I could read it! Fiance? Fiance who? He did not exist when I was reading 'The Forgotten Garden'. Haha. It is one of those books that you completely absorb into. Escapism at its best. The story is so mysterious and fascinating! And like the reviews from before, I too am not usually a fan of stories that hop-scotch back and forth but Kate Morton does it in a way that isn't confusing whatsoever! I was sad when I finished the book. A definite must read indeed!!
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The Forgotten Garden had everything for me. EVERYTHING, I absolutely LOVED it!
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!
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Format: Paperback
This is a very well written novel but, for me, it was simply too long, too "emotional" and lacking in real focus. The storyline includes life events from numerous generations, with the occasional fairy tale thrown in for good measure. However, it doesn't really get going until near the end, which is possibly leaving it a bit late. Probably a good read if feelings and relationships appeal to you more than a well-pace plot but it didn't enthrall me personally.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a magnificent story, although its tragedies are very sad. Morton writes of a time in England where impoverished people were driven to drastic survivalistic measures such as selling their children (Adeline). The indelible effects of cold and cruel parents, have long lasting effects (Linus), and ignorance in the medical field left people permanently marred (Rose). A lineage of three orphaned children, Eliza, Nell and Cassandra. Eliza fairs the worst. While Nell has a traumatic incident in her fourth year, the love she finds with her new family, helps her form into a strong woman. And Cassandra feels unwanted and neglected until Nell raises her.

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!
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