One of top books. Would listen to or read more than once. Seldom do I find a book that merits that action as I have little time in which to repeat anything.
Foundations of each character well established in an attention-gripping way.
"Memories and Twists of Three Generations"
First of Kate Morton's writings I have read and have already gotten more for future reading and/or listening. Not many authors have made me immediately follow with another novel written by them.
Amazing story. Brilliant writing. Just perfect. Will definitely read the rest of her work.
Although melancholy seemingly permeates in many of the characters and plot lines, I didn't feel that emotion at all when listening. Even in the conclusion, though you wish life would've been happier for Eliza, there's hope that sadness and regret will be forever put aside in the lives of Casandra and Christian....and new life given to the secret garden.
The fairy tales were a wonderful touch to a beautifully written novel & the beauty of Eliza's spirit lives on in them. The performance gave just the right tone.
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!