I enjoyed listening to this book! I love the writer's style -- she describes things very well and made me feel like I was there. The story was entertaining and I looked forward to listening to it and missed it when I was done with the book. I would recommend it and will be looking for other Kate Morton books to read. There is a good deal of jumping around in time. At first it seemed annoying, but as the story went along, I got used to that and it actually worked pretty well.
I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!
Yes, lovely story that was I really enjoyed!
Nell because she reminds me of my own grandmother
I could listen to her all day.
No extreme reaction except for the evil aunt.
This is one of my favorites so far. Kate Morton's stories and Caroline Lee's narration together are absolute magic.
The only comparison I have are other Kate Morton books. She is awesome! I haven't read anything that I would compare it to at this time.
Everything! I love the way she narrates the story ... you become totally immersed in the story. Her accents are fabulous in my opinion.
As always, it is the end where all the threads of the story are brought together to weave a beautiful tapestry! It is a story I will continue to think about. The fairy tales were magnificent too. Such a well written story! I can't say enough about this book. I was so sorry to see it end. Every character leaves a mark on you.
Give us more, Kate and Caroline! And thanks for the awesome stories!
It took a while for this story to capture my interest but eventually it did and I enjoyed the unique plot. The story follows generations of a family at different time periods. A few bars of music cue the reader to a time period change so it doesn't get confusing. A mystery is central to the story and is revealed toward the end. The narrator's natural mild Australian accent was very pleasant to listen to but when she tried to speak in other accents each word was enunciated separately which seemed odd to me. I'm glad I listened to the book and would recommend it.
The Forgotten Garden is a multi-generational mystery that takes place on two continents (three, if we count a brief sojourn in America) over more than 100 years, from Victoria's England to 21st century Australia. The mystery begins when Cassandra's grandmother and antique shop partner, Nell, passes away and leaves her the deed to a cottage in Cornwall. When and why had her grandmother gone to England. and why had she purchased a house there, only to return to Australia? The answer: to find out who she was. And now Cassandra embarks on the same journey.
Morton unpeels the layers of the story through alternating chapters set in alternating times that focus on Nell, Cassandra, young aristocrat Rose Mountrechet, and Eliza Makepeace, known as "The Authoress." It's an interesting structure, and Morton is a very competent writer. As a mystery (which I don't usually read), it kept me engaged, and although I figured out what was going on about halfway through, there were enough missing details to make it worth finishing the book.
Yes, I would listen to this book again. The story is complex, mysterious, and enjoyable.
The Secret Garden
Caroline Lee brought a lifelike emotion that I would not have experienced just reading the book.
No, I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.
A very moving story which is well performed.. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would recommend it .
Too many characters, too many storylines, too long. It got a bit boring in parts but was fascinating in other parts.
She is brilliant! Faultless. Amazing.
No, quite long enough, thank you!
This is not a book I would normally read but I am glad I went out on a limb. It is a very good listen although the narrator did not create different character voices, it was still a good listen.