I didn't want it to end. What a beautiful story. Actually 3 stories. Wonderfully woven. It is magical!
I love both Kate Morton and Caroline Lee, but this book has a lot of holes.
Caroline Lee is amazing!
The Epilogue is ridiculous. It looks as if the book was edited in the wrong places. These elements of the story were not satisfactorily resolved: the brooch, the maze, the brother's obsession and "the bad man." If I was the editor, all of these would have to be changed or eliminated.
I listened all the way through because I really wanted to like this book. There characters were good, the speaker was good... but the story line was pretty bad. It was almost like the outline for a great book was there but the story was lacking. It actually became a chore to finish this book.
I love to read and quilt. However I always have a problem trying to decide if I would rather read or quilt since I love them both. Audible has solved my problem. Now I can quilt and listen to my favorite books. I love it.
No, there was so much going back and forth if I wasn't paying close attention I was lost. However aside from "my poor attention span" it was pretty good.
It depends on who I will recommend it to. But in general, Yes.
No I didn't. But she is a very skilful narrator. I loved her rather decent Aussie accent.
The Hidden Garden.
I thought it was a well written, romantic and mysterius story. During the story I thought how it would end but Mrs Morton was able to delay my thoughts almost un till the end. I liked it very much and have now ordered the House of Riverton.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Yes: If I need a well-written book with a standard plot. Extremely well crafted. The first hours were spectacular dragging you in.
Yes, see the answer above.
I think three narrators would make it even better.
Not in one sitting. In total though yes it was worth it.
I love stories that bounce back and forth in time slowly filling the gaps in the reader's mind. This story was brilliant for this. The ending was a little too easy to guess due to the writer's foreshadowing skills, however it was a very enjoyable listen. I am very pleased that I bought this!
You know those books that after you read them, they stay with you for days, weeks, forever? This is not one of them. I listened to the The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and loved it so much that I bought two more Kate Morton audiobooks. The story in The Forgotten Garden was good, but you know where it was going early on. I like surprises and I didn't get any here. Once again, this about a woman trying to unravel a mystery involving her family. I was so enjoying this book because I thought there would be this great twist at the end and everything I thought happened, was not what happened (like The Secret Keeper), that there would be this great pay off. Instead, the story resolved uneventfully, and it was just over.
Maybe if I hadn't had such high expectations for the ending, I might have enjoyed my experience more. As I said the story was good, and I love stories that are told out of sequence so that you are always wondering how you get from Point A to Point B which is how this story is done. I just don't think this is a story that I will remember a year from now - easily forgotten.
First book from this author that I have read or listened to, a truly great story teller. The transitions from different time periods was handled very well, the story was so intriguing and bitter sweet. I love books that make us think about our past and how it shapes us. This is one of those books. It also makes us appreciate what we have today. Many times I am in the mood for a shorter, more superficial story, and I have plenty of those. This is one to curl up with on a winter evening while I'm crocheting, and get lost in the great story line. The narrator was excellent, which is even more important with a longer book. Highly recommend it!