A unique story that travels back and forth in time to reveal a familial mystery that two women, who are related (grandmother and grand daughter), are trying to solve. The reader is privy to the past (the mystery) via the author giving pieces of the story from early 1900's that the two women are trying to piece together (grandmother in 1975 and granddaughter in 2005). I have literally gotten goosebumps from listening to the story, which doesn't happen much to me. The author is very clever in how the story/mystery unwinds and in the pieces she threads out. I like the blend of the fairy/fantastical world, as well. Highly recommended.
Both the story and the excellent narration how does Caroline make all the characters all so alive and different?
I did not want it to stop
This story has so many twists and turns it really kept me on my toes. I didn't want to stop listening. The women in this book all have hardships, just in different ways, and they affected their lives differently because of the time difference. What would be a trial for Rose or Eliza would not be for Cassandra. I have already listened to this twice, just to make sure I didn't miss anything!
Now that I'm aware of all the twists, I would probably not read it again, but I thoroughly enjoyed it this first time.
I always love surprises and The Forgotten Garden has many throughout its pages.
When Nell's parentage was revealed.
It can get a little confusing because the point of view keeps changing between time periods and characters. Sometimes I needed to take a short break and remind myself of the various relationships. Also, there were a couple of loose ends that were never resolved, and I wish they had been.
Fairy tale mystery
It was beautifully written, a tapestry of lives woven together over a century. It was full of pain and discovery. The story unravels itself slowly, becoming more and less complicated in turns and coming to a shocking end.
I've never listened to this reader before, but she has talent, a voice made soft or gruff as required. She made me envision an old man and a little girl and everything in between.
There's no question that Eliza was the most memorable character. She was strong yet vulnerable, alive yet always unfulfilled. Like Nell she never reaches her goal, but in the end it doesn't matter.
Yes! I am in love with this story!
Kate Morton strings her words together in such a way that at times you just do not want to let the sentence or paragraph go, so beautiful are they. Over and over again I would go back a bit, just to hear them again and I cannot imagine anyone performing them better than Caroline Lee. Truly breathtaking.
Haven't yet, but definitely will.
Eliza, of course! She would bring a lot to the table.
My new favorite audiobook!
This is a great book. Kate Morton did not disappoint. I enjoyed it until the very end. Looking forward to the next.
This book contained many of the items I love in a good story: there was travel to 3 continents, the US, Australia and England. It was multi-generational covering four generations of women in a family. It had a hint of mystery. Careful listening and remembering details will help the listener unravel the mystery. It was a book within a book in that the stories of the fictional authoress were part of the story. The story stretched from the 1920's to present day and wasn't told in chronological sequence. There was a touch of romance, not entirely unexpected and not surprising, either. If you grew up loving fairy tales, as I did, this is a wonderful read. It's both magical and realistic.
What a wonderful story of family, history, mystery and relationships. One of my favorite books in a long time.