The story spans 100+ years and is full of mystery and suspense, and picturesque details. Narration is very good, subtle and appropriate for the 3rd person narrative, yet convincing of different eras and accents.
There were many, which made me gasp aloud.
They were all great. She brought all the women (and men) to life. But Eliza was maybe my favorite.
When Sammy was lost in the fog to Eliza while playing their game.
I will be listening to this again, and looking for more titles by this author and voice actor! The only thing I found (at first) distracting was the musical interludes between chapters.
Figuring out the past is difficult, but rewarding. Just knowing who you are and where you came from is important
There are so many intricate things about The Forgotten Garden that seemed to tie in together, there are probably some things I missed the first time where if I read again I'll undoubtedly go
Secret gardens, a mystery from the past, romance, far away lands, what's not to like?
Caroline Lee's imitation of American accents crack me up! Especially the American tourist in the Art Museum asking Ruby if there is a cafe within the museum, much to Ruby's chagrin. Makes me wonder what Australians and Brits really think of Americans.
This book was much too long and a bit too wordy to want to listen to in one setting, yet I knew not to wait too long or else I would forget all of the details.
Kate Morton is one of my newer faves. Although I preferred The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden was quite good in its own right. I love this particular genre and wish there was more literature like it. Bravo to Kate Morton who can tell a captivating story without relying on foul language, graphic sex, and other gimmicks which unfortunately is rather prevalent in today's literature. The story truly stands on its own, the sign of an excellent writer! Looking forward to many more Kate Morton novels in the years to come.
This audio was great to listen to and a fantastic story. I highly recommend it and look forward to another of Kate Morton's audios.
Yes, because it was very involved and would be interesting to listen knowing the ending.
13th Tale and Woman In White
It was good but I rarely found myself driving around to continue to listen to the book as I have done with some!
The story was unpredictable at times. I like to see if I can guess ahead what may happen, and many times, the story line surprised me.
This semi-gothic novel was at first confusing, because it shifted time, place, and characters so quickly. It came together, finally, sort of, in a pretty sad and disappointing way. The characters and their motivations are established, and then they behave in ways that are inconsistent with those motivations. I hung in there, expecting some of the perplexing behavior to be explained, but it wasn't. The major character, Eliza, wins the reader's heart because of her honor, truthfulness, bravery, and ability to survive, and then she behaves as though she was not the person we believed her to be. Her cousin, Rose, loves her more than anyone, until she doesn't. Rose's husband? I don't have a clue! He seems more like a plot device than a person. The brooding and twisted Uncle Linus is presented as kindly but uninvolved one moment, and obsessed almost to the point of being a child molester the next. Was he or wasn't he? Wes the "bad man" the detective or Linus? Who knows? The entire effect was unsettling, and worse, unbelievable.
The Forgotten Garden, as with this author's other novels, is a very easy read/listen that is well-written, compelling and fun. I tend to go through periods of heavy listening to serious pieces then need to come out of the fog with light, comedic work. I transition back to the heavy like I'm headed down a staircase, and this is where Kate Morton's work always falls. Not frivolous, not too dark. I especially appreciate the pace. Where many serious, historical fiction or classic novels take a lot of time to discuss in great detail people, places, thoughts, concepts or scenes, Kate Morton's writing is always perfectly paced, non-skim-able, and does not idle where one may lose interest. Her storylines are exciting and compelling, and their lightness does not implore one to search for hidden meanings or wonder about loose threads.
One of my main reasons for purchasing any Kate Morton book is the narrator. I enjoy how she handles Morton's lovely writing - they're a perfect match.
I had to start over to make sure I was on the correct page. (Literally) But I did get hooked and enjoyed this story immensely.
I loved this book. A delightful tale of a grand daughter who goes in search of her late grandmother's steps to find out the truth about her grand mother's origins. The story bounces back and forth between the present and the past changing characters and captivating you in more and more with each minute.