Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.
But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace Rutherford - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early 20th century - as well as a cliff-top cottage on the other side of the world, Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell, on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
©2008 Kate Morton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
"This debut page-turner...recounts the crumbling of a prominent British family as seen through the eyes of one of its servants....Morton triumphs with a riveting plot, a touching but tense love story and a haunting ending." (Publishers Weekly)
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This book hooked my attention, and I found that I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters... loved seeing the events through several viewpoints. By the time I finished, I felt inspired to create a walled garden and to research my family history.
I found it very heartwarming that certain personality traits were passed from great grandmother to grandmother to mother to daughter.... I was almost envious of the main character.. wanting a family mystery of my own to solve! Such a great read.
Caroline Lee has a beautiful and soothing voice - and such a great accent! She's the first narrator that's ever truly stood out to me.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Beautifully written, I loved the entire story and how it was unraveled a piece at a time through several time periods and through the eyes of multiple characters. I loved the original fairy tales that were included and wish that Eliza's fairytale book was available as a separate edition. The ending was so satisfying, yet I was sorry for the story to end and to leave newly beloved friends.
This is a book that I will be listening to many times. There are three stories going on as the granddaughter, her grandmother and her great grandmother are revealed. The main character receives an inheritance of land and a mystery from her grandmother. The 3 stories unravel and are intertwined as you learn more about the fully developed characters. Descriptions, Suspense, Outstanding ending, Oh my!
Enjoyed it so very much, loved it because of the different times that it took place, and also that it takes place in different countries. Characters I found were all very interesting, Caroline Lee is a super reader and did all of the parts so very well.
I loved this book of four generations of women. It was so well written that it was difficult to believe that the characters - especially Elize Makepeace - were not real!
Story line too slow for me, maybe later. Narration accent too hard to listen to when the story could not pull me in. Maybe I will try again later.
"The Forgotten Garden" is an extremely well written book. The narration by Caroline Lee is also very well done. Although her male interpretations are not the best, you can still get lost in her beautiful voice. The characters are well formed and the story, although long, keeps you engaged and wanting more. Beware though, because I had a very hard time putting my ipod away and getting anything else done:). I would highly recommend this audio book and it will go on my personal list of favorites.
I didn't want this book to end. The story is a story in a story, in a story, in a story, all of them EXCELLENT! I even loved the couple of short fairytales. I found myself walking around my office with my iPod because I had to know what would happen next! The plot is intricate, but not difficult to follow as the author is very thorough. I can hardly wait until the 1st to download this authors first book, The Shifting Fog. I was pleasantly surprised when I went on line and read the authors bio. She is a very young woman. The narrator was excellent also, sometimes I could not understand why she gave a particular character the voice she did, then as the story developed I understood. Bravo Audible!
Wonderfully captivating story line; pulled me in and wouldn't let me go! At first listen I was afraid that I might not be able to keep up with the story line as it bounced back and forth between different eras but that wasn't the case. The author stays in one timeframe long enough to allow the reader to get comfortable before switching. I found myself part of the mystery of the story; wanting to rush from chapter to chapter just to unravel the next clue! The narrator did a wonderful job distinguising the characters from one another without overdoing it. I will definitely look for additional works by both this author and the narrator.
"It takes you to a wonderful place"
I just finish listening to this book. For 5 days, I gave up my every free moment to listen to it. It got my attention in the first five minutes, and I am deeply sad it has ended already. It's a family story, told by three characters, in three diferent times. It has mistery, drama and just a little touch of romance (the correct amount, if you ask me). The narrative is fluid and the passages from one time to another easy to follow and well connected to each other. If you're a hopeless fan of images from the 1900's and family stories, this is the book for you.
"The ending was very good"
I loved the book. The story was very interesting and i never felt like i was bored.
"Time well spent"
This is a cleverly woven story of three generations which avoids being cliched. The main characters, Cassandra, Nell and Eliza are convincingly portrayed and each evokes the time period in which she is set.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book.
One word of advice; the narrotor's tone and English/Australian accent needs some getting used to.
"the forgotten garden"
I had already read this book a couple of times and enjoyed it very much so thought it would be good to have the story playing whilst I work. The narrator managed the tale well and was convincing and engaging until she tackled the Cornish accent. I live in Cornwall so have to admit that I found it amusing to begin with but increasingly irritating as the story went on. It is a shame as it mars what would otherwise be a very good listen.
One of the best books I have listened to in a long time! Great characters and a storyline that kept me listening well past my bedtime every night! I'll definitely be looking out for more of Kate's books.
"A good story spoilt"
This was a good story but Oh dear the \" Cornish \" accent was so excruciating to listen to, spoilt it for me.
I did enjoy Caroline Lee's voice when she wasn't trying to do regional accents, she has an engaging and warm voice. However, her attempts at Yorkshire and Cornish accents were so attrocious and grating that it would have been much better just to have not tried at all.
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