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The Forgotten Garden | [Kate Morton]

The Forgotten Garden

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, a maze, an aristocratic family, a love denied, a mystery - The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric, and a compulsive listen about the past, ghosts, family, and memories from best-selling author Kate Morton.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Fiona Glengowrie, Australia 08-15-11
    Fiona Glengowrie, Australia 08-15-11
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is the second book I have listened too of Kate Morton's. The Shifting Fog was the first book, which was great, however The Forgotten Garden was even better.
    The Narrator Caroline Lee just makes the book come alive.
    Can definitely highly recommend this book!

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    jkoffroth long beach, CA United States 07-21-11
    jkoffroth long beach, CA United States 07-21-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Excellent Read"

    Wow,, what an enthralling story. Well written and the narration is very well done. I thought at the first time that she starts that time change that it was going to be hard to keep track of all the coming and going of the different story lines, but Miss Morton was able to transition effortlessly,and the story line was easy to follow.I really enjoyed this book

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    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 07-02-11
    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 07-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A beautiful summer read"

    A lovely long read of finding who you are through your family history. The same story told through three generations giving you glimpses from the early 1900's, mid 70's and 2005.

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    Amazon Customer 06-29-11

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    "Spellbinding"

    A definite Keeper.Well done.Kept me engaged and interested.I will be listening to this again and again.

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    Robyn United States 06-18-11
    Robyn United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2015

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    "A lot of flipping"

    Back and forth among generations, but the story gets woven together very masterfully. Would be perfect to listen to on a commute, like a soap opera.

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    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
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    "Just okay"

    This story could have been told in less than half the time. Way too much rambling and repetition going on in this story. A good light historical novel that could have used some really serious editing. I had to force myself to finish it. Gave it three stars because I liked the narrator.

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    ZANDRA Hot Springs, AR, United States 05-27-11
    ZANDRA Hot Springs, AR, United States 05-27-11
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    "The Forgotten Garden"

    The book was good, just a little slow for me - also Chapter 15 was misisng for some reason

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    Carol Anacortes, WA, United States 05-21-11
    Carol Anacortes, WA, United States 05-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen!"

    This is a good family saga with a great mystery too. Well read I thought.

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    Kimberlee Anchorage, AK, United States 04-27-11
    Kimberlee Anchorage, AK, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"

    I found myself finding every excuse I could to continue listening to this book. Interesting concept, great narration and a satisfying ending. Now, I am just sorry it is finished.

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    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 04-10-11
    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 04-10-11 Member Since 2013

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    "From Page One to the End"

    I simply loved this book. Page one grabbed me so hard I actually thought I felt it.
    Every character was so beautifully drawn I can see them all in my mind.
    I almost hope they don't make a movie of it which could spoil my images.
    The garden, the coastline, the black rock, the house, the cottage, I have to keep
    reminding myself that I have never actually seen these places!
    Oh reader, enjoy.

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