Apr 22, 2014

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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 find 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. 

I borrowed the summary from Amazon. In The Forgotten Garden we read about the lives of three women; Eliza, Nell and Cassandra. Eliza and Nell both have a troubled past. When she inherits a cottage Cassandra travels from Australia to England. There she finds answers to a lot of questions of the past. 
Reading The Forgotten Garden requires quite a bit of patience. The book has many pages and piece by piece every secret is being revealed. I couldn't put it down, I had to know what those secrets were. I completely lost myself in the stories and forgot everything around me. I loved the setting and the atmosphere. The three women are all brave and very likable. I shed some tears every now and then, but I also smiled. I thoroughly enjoyed the fairytales, the mystery and the vivacity and cleverness of the narration.

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