The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

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Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she grows up that she is not their child, a situation that causes her to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter. Reprint.

Simon and Schuster
From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Secret Keeper, The Distant Hours, and The Lake House, an unforgettable novel that transports us 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 very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace 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. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. :, Allen & Unwin,, 2008
ISBN: 9781416572060
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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mazito
Mar 12, 2019

Not one of her best. Half way through I gave up and did a quick read to the last chapter as I figured out the ending. 300 pages would have made it a "couldn't put down" book, but 550 pages made it a chore to read. Might not read any more of her books.

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gofisch1
Mar 09, 2019

A completely mesmerizing story that takes you on the journey of three women, separated by time, yet whose lives are entangled together. Once started, I found it very hard to put down to do anything else! Fair warning, even though I sort of figured out the ending, I still cried big ugly tears over the last couple chapters.

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livpositiv
Dec 06, 2018

A well written novel connecting the lives of three women spanning different generations and time periods. At the center of this interwoven story lies the mystery of the Authoress waiting to be discovered... in some ways like the forgotten garden which draws them all together. A cozy read for a cold wintry evening.

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marion0
Sep 11, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once you settle into the story it's very hard to put down. Would highly recommend Ms. Morton's books.

HCL_staff_reviews Jul 30, 2018

Loved this book. Bouncing around between 1913, 1975 and 2005 was no problem as each section was labeled and each had its main character. A tale about tales and about families, love and redemption. Hated to see it end. — Laura P., Information & Online Services

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sharon711
Jun 14, 2018

Three generations of women suffer the loss of their mothers while still children. The story focuses on the love that exists between mother and child, identity, and birthright. The magic of childhood runs through this story. The fairy tales written by "the authoress" are charming touches. They epitomize the grief and loneliness the characters experience and provide clues to the mystery, if you have your wits about you. The story is beautifully told, but a bit too long in my opinion. I even incurred a rare fine because I couldn't finish the story in time and I couldn't renew due to holds. Oh well. It was an entertaining read.

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islandqueen47
Feb 24, 2018

Trying not to give the story away I can only say that I was very surprised that the little girl's companion would leave her unsupervised on the ship after all the grief she went to in order for them to be together.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 06, 2018

A tiny girl is on a ship that docks in Australia. She is alone, and doesn't know her name or why she left England.

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SandraBrammall
Jan 18, 2018

A beautifully written novel combining a mix of history, mystery and fairy-tale.

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firebird770
Nov 23, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Kate Morton. Found it so mesmerizing and could not put it down. The characters quite literally come alive and follow their own pathway. I could read it again and it reminded me of my growing up years when I enjoyed Little Women so very much. I would highly recommend it.

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LoganLib_Ashlee May 22, 2017

I can easily say that The Forgotten Garden is in my top 5 favourite books of all time! I loved the fairytale tie in the the family mystery and saga that has fallen over generations of the family! A must read author!

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heatsmith Aug 10, 2017

“A girl expecting rescue never learns to save herself. Even with the means, she will find her courage wanting.”

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