The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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 fi lled 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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2009, c2008.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416550549
Branch Call Number: FIC Morto 9254tv 1
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Characteristics: 552 p. : map.


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ehbooklover Oct 14, 2014

I read this title when it first came out and absolutely loved it. I needed to read it again for my library branch's October book club meeting and I ended up enjoying it just as much the second time. An atmospheric, Gothic read full of lots of secrets and interesting female characters. One of my f... Read More »

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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.

Jan 18, 2018

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

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.

AL_NANCY May 17, 2017

Loved this book. My book club voted this book to be one of their favorites.

AL_KATI May 11, 2017

My favorite Kate Morton novel. I loved the history, the mystery, the family drama, the gothic overtones, and I was especially enchanted by her writing.

Apr 23, 2017

Beautifully written. I loved this book.

athompson10 Feb 27, 2017

Fun, sudsy-soapy family mystery. Elements of classic 'romance' novels abound: the Big Stately Home owned by the Monied Family with Secrets, the troubled daughter(s) of the house, the might-be-a-bad-guy son of the house, the beautiful orphan, mysterious pregnancies and births, close-mouthed villagers. The book jumps around, a bit too often for me, between the late 1800s and early 1900s, the mid-1970s and the early 2000s. It's an enjoyable light read. I did have the Big Mystery figured out about halfway through and it was not totally plausible that Cassandra didn't cop on as well.

Jan 18, 2017

Loved this book!

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

Morton sure does weave an intricate tale with steady slow drips of clues and misdirection. I didn't fall for the misdirection in this one though and had it sorted sooner than I did her other books.

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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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