The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Another that somehow didn't get posted.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Subject: abandioned children, fairy tales, family secrets
Setting: Australia, Cornwall
Main Characters: Nell Andrews, Eliza Makepeace, Rose Mountrachet, Cassandra Andrews, Nathaniel Walker
Series: no
Dates Read: February 1 - February 9
Number of pages: 549
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: yes, loan from Tutu
Category for 12 in 12 challenge:English Lit, Extra Cirricular Activities

This delightful and fascinating book is the story of Eliza, Rose, Nell and Cassandra and how their histories and lives are all intertwined. The story is also told in several different timeframes - 1900's for Eliza and Rose, 1975 Nell's time, and Cassandra in 2005 who connects it all up.

The story centers around Nell who in 1913 is found abandoned at a harbour in Australia with a small suitcase containing some clothes and a book of fairy tales by Eliza. The harbour master takes her in and makes her a member of his family. When she turns 21 he reveals her lack of family history and thus Nell's hunt begins to put her story together.

Nell lives throughout this book in the stories of her mother, and her granddaughter and the reader gets to see how this innocent young child is loved as her life is explored and her mystery resolved.

Morton's ability to draw the reader into the different lives and then connect all the pieces is amazing. Definitely one of my favorites!

I want to thank my friend Whisper1 for recommending this book and my sister Tutu for lending it to me!

1 comment:

Kaye said...

I loved this one too and then I read her book, The Distant Hours and honestly, that is my favorite Morton book so far. If you haven't read it, get it. You won't be disappointed!