The Forgotten Garden Review

I just finished Kate Morton’s latest masterpiece The Forgotten Garden. I say masterpeice because I simply adore her work. She has revived the gothic mystery and it is a genre I truly adore. After The House at Riverton, I had hoped she would follow up with something just as good and she truly did. The Forgotten Garden is part mystery, part historical fiction with a touch of comfort I cannot describe. The book just felt right. I didn’t want it to end. It flows so perfectly that you find yourself taken along almost as if without will. It is so multi-layered and yet you can follow it effortlessly. As an Australian writer we do have to wait a little longer for her works but they so far have been well worth it! Below is a synopsis of The Forgotten Garden:

“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.”


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