Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

It was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she'd been told. The lady had said to wait, it wasn't safe yet, they had to be as quiet as larder mice. It was a game, just like hide-and-seek.

I always love books filled with mystery, intrigue, and magic, so it's no wonder that this one caught my eye. Plus, it has a great cover. From the back cover: "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." Well, it wasn't that great of a book, but I enjoyed it. I always love dark fairy tales. 

One thing that was interesting about the book was the way that it skipped from time period to time period; it wasn't chronological at all. One chapter would be about Nell's childhood and the next after her death. But that was a good thing about it. The whole book was really engaging and I was eager throughout to see the mystery solved. And I loved the descriptions of the old manor and the garden beyond the maze. This was a bittersweet book, with some very sad parts, but I really liked it.

Read The Forgotten Garden:
  • if you like The Secret Garden
  • if you like books with fairy tales in them
  • if you like mysterious books
  • if you like books set in England and/or Australia
548 pages.

Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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