So many books, so little time.
Mystery, romance and history. A grand estate, a crumbling cottage, an abandoned garden. An authoress, a changeling, a grieving woman trying to move on. This book is full of poignancy and grace. Completely absorbing, beautifully visual and perfectly narrated, this was indeed one of the best books I've read this year, and has made me a slavish devotee of Kate Morton. Absolutely loved it and can't wait to read another of her books!
the discovery of the truth
This author is now one of my favorites. Must read all her books. A true "Wordsmith" so eloquently written. Intriging story line. Full characteraztion. Will defintely listen to this one again. Narration was superb. I will look for any book narrated by Caroline Lee. She took me there with the ease of a true actress. Her voice so soothing. Each character comes to life. Great combination of story and story teller. I will always remember this one.
This was one of those listens that kept me up too late at night, continued as I was out and about doing errands with my iPod tucked in my pocket and headphones tucked in my ears.
The story weaves the lives of four generations of women beginning in England at the turn of the 20th century and continuing up through 2005. From tragedies to triumphs, the story comes full circle when a great granddaughter discovers a long-buried mystery of her grandmother's history. The story begins with an abandoned 4-year-old girl on a ship from England to Australia. Who is she? Where did she come from? Why is she alone?
I love Caroline Lee's lovely natural Aussie accent and ability to seamlessly switch from female to male character, and from Aussie to Yank to Brit and back.
Having only recently joined ancestry online to try to find answers to the mystery of my fathers early years, I flushed with curiosity and with irony, when I realised that this novel was about an unravelling of Nell's life, by her granddaughter , Cassandra.
Not only that, to then discover that the author is an Australian and that the story is woven in part in Queensland, well, I was taken in, hook, line and sinker.
Caroline Lee gave voice to this tragic, moving story, her characters sketched as finely as those by Nathan, husband of Rose as he illustrated Elisa's fairy tails.
The story is so entwined, so rich with mystery, each chapter shedding a little more light, adding colour bit by bit until, at the end the story of Nell's life is finally understood and she is free and at last 'home'.
I bought this book because so many of the reviews were good , and how right they were. I found myself so involved in the characters . I felt like I knew them. They story goes back and forth like time travel and each time I was drawn more deeply into the characters. This is one the best books I have ever read. I loved it.
felt like a vacation
can't think of any one of a kind
that is a hard one so many
all very touching story
a must read for anyone
yes. It's a good read.
How it took you on a journey to understand the Forgotten Garden.
As the little girl.
Title was perfect for this book.
Fascinating, compelling, intriguing
Near the end when all the strands begin to come together
No, I wanted to stretch it out as long as possible.
Although the story moves back and forth through time, it was never confusing and it was fun putting the clues together as it went along. I don't listen to "romances" very often but the touch of fantasy mixed with mystery made it very enjoyable.
So many books, so little time
This may be an example of a book that is better experienced in print form. It would be easier to skip the overlong stories-within-stories. When yet another thread and character was introduced during yet another time, I threw in the towel.
Perhaps the narrator would be better served with some more interesting material. However, I found her mannerisms and affectations to be a turn-off after a while.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Good read with three coinciding story's of past, past, present. It could have been shorter and just as good. The narration was great.