- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (April 7 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416550542
- ISBN-13: 978-1416550549
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 794 g
- Average Customer Review: 115 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Forgotten Garden: A Novel Hardcover – Apr 7 2009
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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
About the Author
Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.See all Product description
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This is one of the good books I have read recently. I must say that the plot definitely makes an impact and leaves the reader with a sensation of a total completeness. It is a very interesting book with twists and mysteries. Three generations’ destinies are intertwined in one great story.
Kate Morton is a great storyteller. I liked her style of writing, its richness, complexity and beauty.
Eliza, Nell/Ivory and Cassandra are very vivid, powerful characters and the reader can identify with each one of them.
I honestly didn’t want the story to end. Every page was a pleasure.
When a book is as good as this, one can only be grateful for the opportunity to have such a piece of art.
As Morton did with her "The House at Riverton", she wrote this novel featuring three time periods whose narratives shift from one period to the other--first, to build a case for the mystery of Nell's origin and later to provide timely clues to build the mystery towards its conclusion. Kate Morton could in time be worthy to be thought of as the Daphne du Maurier of our time. Her writing is enchantingly descriptive, at times eerie. She knows how to spin a pensively perplex web which holds the reader's attention. It is moodily atmospheric. This book is laden with lonely depression. The characters have few moments of joy. The length of the book serves to provide space for every detail but some might say it is unnecessarily drawn out. To be fair, I found its length tolerable, but reading the last hundred pages I wished it would soon end because I had already surmised its conclusion. So, in that respect it did not provide an ultimate suspenseful ending.
I just couldn't put it down! I spent a few sleepless nights totally engrossed in this fascinating story.
I then went on to read a couple more of Kate Morton's books but this one is the best and my favourite...so far...as she keeps writing more.
I tried reading The House At Riverton, but didnt get through it.
The Forgotton Garden however was very good, and I had no trouble reading it. It was engrossing from beginning to end, and kept some mysteries until the very end. Her writing just flows and some paragraphs are very beautiful writing; where you go back and read them again.
This book was also challenging keeping track of the characters, and the 3 generations and also the switch between those past and present.
Highly reccommended!!! Definitely want to read her next one.
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