What could easily be a recipe for confusion--a storyline that spans a century with chapters that jump back and forth decades at a time, interspersed with the timelessness of fairy tales woven throughout--results instead in a remarkable blending of the lives of multiple families across four generations to tell a story of love, treachery, an ultimately a celebration of the will to survive. Every main character is portrayed with multiple levels, being slowly fleshed out as the story discloses the reasons behind their actions. (That said, I felt the relationship between Rose and Eliza was never drawn clearly enough to justify the decisions they both made.)
The narrator was outstanding--sensitive, clear, carrying off an assortment of accents with great competency. I will search her out for other readings. And the scope of the story, as grand as it was, encompassing a century and half the globe, was pared down to the essentials enough so that the reader has a good sense of the various eras. A part of me feels that perhaps the story could be told with fewer words, but it would be hard to sacrifice some of the lush descriptions and lovely language.
Semi-retired labor and delivery nurse, wife, mother and grandmother of 10. Love to read for pleasure. B&B owner in the Texas Hill Country.
I enjoyed the settings, Australia and Great Britain. The span of time from early 1900's to present day enriched the story. Vaguely disappointed without really knowing why. Rose didn't deserve the loyalty her cousin, Eliza showed. Nell was a rotten mother, why? No real background there. Then Cassandra's childhood spent with Nell was not really developed. Also no character development of Cassandra's first husband and son.
The birth of Ivory/Nell and the revelation to Cassandra, her granddaughter many years later. I found the whole conception idea in that era to be unbelievable. Eliza was too smart to fall for that considering Rose had already cut her out of her life.
She has a nice accent that lent itself to this story.
Nell to find out why she'd been a rotten mother after losing her mother so young.
This was an interesting story - or should I say three stories. In the first half of the book I kept getting confused with the characters because it kept going from one time span to another between the early 1900s to early 2000s. When I finally got it figured out I wanted to start all over and perhaps one day I will but I simply have too many other books to read.
How it kept me thinking I had it figured out and how wrong I was.
I really enjoyed the fairy tales throughout the book and I loved the way they intertwined with the story.
None compare except maybe Kate Morton's other books because they are alike because they are so well written, yet they are very different stories. Kate's style of writing is just beautiful.
I also listened to her read The Secret Keeper. Her voice is lovely and I just love listening to her. I plan on listening to her read Kate Morton's other books and I will also be checking to see what other books she has read.
I laughed, cried and many times I was shocked by the twists and turns. I was amazed how I always thought I had it all figured out only to find out I was wrong, I love that about her books.
I was totally hooked at the very beginning and I love the timeline of this book, the way it skips from generation to generation yet you never get confused by it. It was a long story but I could have listened to it forever.
Both are good. I like to read along with the audible version but Caroline Lee does a superb job reading this book. Looking forward to listening to all the other Kate Morton audibles!
I really liked Eliza. I don't want to ruin it for anyone out there but let's just say she's an extremely strong character that gives up alot for a few people who are really not worth it. I loved the fact that a fairy tale was woven into the real story and made you think about what was really happening. Also the fact that you really weren't sure what really happened until the very end!
Caroline Lee is a wonderful reader. The English lilt in her voice is just fun to listen to. I will be looking for more narration from her.
This is a very female driven story, a story of mothers and daughters, rights and wrongs, secrets and enlightenment. Besides Nell (poor Nell), Cassandra and Eliza both had strong stories. And Rose.....who didn't feel sorry for Rose?? I loved all the characters, even the antagonist! Wonderful story!
Love, love, love it!
I only listened to the book, so cannot really make a fair judgement.
The Bronte Siststers' Books
Diane Settlerman -- The Thirteenth Tale
Eliza -- I really felt I got a clear picture of her and what she was like.
The Found Identity
This was a wonderful book and every day I looked forward to continuing on with my listening just as I do when I am reading a great book.
When I was getting near the end I didn't want it to be over!
To keep this review short & sweet I will just say...I highly recommend this book. It has mystery, romance, intrigue, dirty little secrets, happy times & sad times; all in all a great "listen"!!!
Storyline jumped from past to present back to past. Hard to keep up with story
This was the second time I read The Forgotten Garden. I read it over a year ago. Then my book club picked it for this months read. The author puts so much into her story and stories within the main story, it is better to read it twice to truly understand the characters. I am just amazed at how she wove it all together.
The Outlander by Diana Garabaldon
No I haven't.