The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
A Novel

76%

26 Critic Reviews

If you like well-crafted and deeply moody sagas, The Forgotten Garden will probably be just your cup of tea.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, an unforgettable new novel that transports the reader from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World War I London to the shores of colonial Australia where so many made a fresh start, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, past and present

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 sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to fi nd her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales.

This is a novel of outer and inner journeys and an homage to the power of storytelling. The Forgotten Garden is filled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its spellbinding plot to astounding effect.

Morton's novels are #1 bestsellers in England and Australia and are published in more than twenty languages. Her fi rst novel, The House at Riverton, was a New York Times bestseller.

 

About Kate Morton

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Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. Her first novel, The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, was a number one bestseller in 2007. The Forgotten Garden, her second novel, was also a bestseller in Australia, the UK, the US and in many European countries. You can find more information about Kate and her books at www.katemorton.com.
 
Published March 13, 2009 by Atria Books. 660 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Forgotten Garden
All: 26 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

Intricate, intersecting narratives, heavy-handed fairy-tale symbolism and a giant red herring suggesting possible incest create a thicket of clues as impenetrable and treacherous as Eliza’s overgrown garden and the twisty maze on the Mountrachet estate. Murky, but the puzzle is pleasing and the long-delayed “reveal” is a genuine surprise.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Nov 26 2011

This is exciting and fast paced. I think girls and boys will love it from the ages 13-99. Everyone will love this book and will not be able to put it down.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Dec 23 2009

It's not the ending I wanted but I kept reading in the desperate hope that it might not be so.

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Examiner

Good
on Mar 06 2011

If you like historical fiction or if you have a curiosity for genealogical research, or if you simply can't resist a good mystery, pick up your copy of The Forgotten Garden...

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 22 2011

...it’s suspenseful enough to keep you coming back for just one more chapter...before you turn out the light.

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All About Romance

Above average

If you like well-crafted and deeply moody sagas, The Forgotten Garden will probably be just your cup of tea.

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Suite 101

Good
on Aug 26 2010

...an old-fashioned Gothic tale which will delight historical fiction fans with its depth and romance.

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The Bookbag

Below average
on Sep 09 2012

...good for a beach read, but it is rather too predictable for more serious reading.

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Read This!

Below average
on Feb 10 2011

...there are some unecessary repetitive descriptions especially, that could have benefitted with a good editing.

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Destination Wake Forest

Excellent
on Mar 15 2012

It’s a beautifully written story with fascinating characters and an engaging mystery that pulls you through the story from beginning to end.

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TimeFinders Magazine

Good

It has the amazing capability to transfer between present day and Victorian England with such ease and simplicity that this does not divert the reader from the story.

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Helium

Excellent
on Jul 10 2009

It certainly surpassed my expectations, combining the intertwining aspects of family life through the ages with well drawn characters and an old fashioned mystery. Superb.

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Helium

Excellent
on May 15 2009

The reader will just love this book with multi-faceted layers of information that is so well-written.

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EzineArticles

Excellent
on Oct 16 2011

Her imagination captures ours as we move through the pages with emotions that include fear, confusion and hope.

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Gather Books

Excellent
on May 21 2010

The Forgotten Garden is a rare treat of a book and a masterful example of multiple storylines and timelines perfectly told, a powerful and beautiful tale.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Michael Leonard on Nov 27 2016

At first glance an epic tale of love and family secrets, Morton’s sweeping novel crosses continents from Australia to England, in the process giving us a symbolic rendering of the lives of three different women separated by time but not necessarily by place.

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Feb 14 2011

The Forgotten Garden came highly recommended to me by others, and I found that those recommendations have definitive merit. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a novel solely for its story without attempting to glean a lesson from its pages...

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Apr 16 2010

As this review makes clear, I absolutely loved The Forgotten Garden. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten so thoroughly lost in a novel. I can’t wait until her next one...

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Things Mean a Lot

Below average
Reviewed by Ana S. on Jul 13 2009

...watching characters take forever to figure out what the reader knows all along is just annoying. Having said that, I did read all 659 pages of it, and it didn’t even take me long. Considering how much I disliked the writing, that’s saying a lot.

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Impressions In Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Annette on Oct 21 2015

Often when time travel takes place in a story I get lost. I did not have a problem with the varying dates of history...The Forgotten Garden is a well-written and memorable story.

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The Picky Girl

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Mar 01 2012

...The Forgotten Garden is, at its heart, a mystery. The crafting of this story and its central question of the validity of maternal love is what drew me in and held me transfixed.

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Book Coasters

Above average
on Jan 18 2010

...if you are looking for a great story that you can just sit down somewhere with a coffee and really enjoy this is the one for you.

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Reading to Know

Above average
Reviewed by Carrie on Jul 30 2014

All in all, I found this book to be a really fun summer read. I cared about each one of these main female characters quite deeply and, as I mentioned, found it difficult to live normal life during the reading of this book! All the same, I don't know that I would necessary seek out another Morton title.

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Strange and Random Happenstance

Above average
Reviewed by Miss Eliza on Apr 22 2011

...The Forgotten Garden had me thinking and plotting more than any book I've read recently. This book could have been spectacular, but at the close, it was a lackluster ending that brought dissatisfaction.

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One Librarian's Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Melissa on Jan 06 2012

I was really interested in the family history and the processes Nell and Cassandra took to find out about their family. I must admit, though, that I was more interested in reading the first hand stories of Eliza and Rose than in Nell or Cassandra.

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Above average
Reviewed by Helen on Nov 11 2010

The solution to the mystery was made very obvious to the reader from early on in the book, so when it was finally revealed it came as an anti-climax...Other than those few points, I loved this book...

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