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)
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.
I haven't read it but the audio addition was fantastic
Jane Eyre as it takes many twists and turns and reveals family secrets along the way
The lost girl
I enjoyed this thoroughly it was an intriguing and addictive listen
Mystery, beautiful garden, fairy tale.
I love where you get to find out how Eliza's stories reflect her life.
Eliza Makepeace. She was so interesting and I would love to hear her stories.
I hated the music in between the chapters. Other than that I loved every thing about it!
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
No cops, no murder, but a decades-old mystery about the origins of a particular family. Three generations of characters and their memories punctuated by original fairy tales make this book unusual and engaging. The narrator did a great job: High- and low-class British accents as well as Australian and American accents made this audio book ring true.
I recommend it!
This is a really well written book. It takes you back and forth in time both in Time and in generational time. You are involved in the character's as the story goes back and forth in time. The story is so well woven, the reader was fantastic!! and the characters draw you in, you love them, you hate them, you are so involved with them that there are times that you are startled when the phone rings and reality intervenes.
Her ability to go from Character to character is awesome and her consistency is wonderful.
It is so much a part of how wonderful the book is and her voice draws you into the story.
I would have loved to have been able to do that. However it didn't work that way.
I will be listening to it over and over! So glad i picked it, and it was a point and pick choice.
I hope you try it out, it was awesome!!
Ms Morton's The Forgotten Garden is such an intriguing tale, that it haunts me still, long after the final chapter is done. Mystery, murder, loss, love told with a flow that spans the years and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride from Australia to England.
Performed with consummate drama and flair and by narrator Caroline Lee.
The story is told in a way that through the entire book, you are never sure what will happen next and each page unfolds in a way that keeps the reader intrigued.
Same as above.
I've recommended this book to several people who loved it as much as I did.
Similar story pattern to HOUSE AT RIVERTON, but I loved RIVERTON so I liked this one too. Lots of twists and turns, some predictable. Kate Morton weaves a great tale and paints a beautiful picture with her prose. The whole thing was a little sad, and I wish Eliza didn't give up so much for Rose. She certainly didn't deserve it.
"Worth a Listen"
Although this was an odd book, I enjoyed listening to it. Padded out somewhat, with a slow and sometimes ponderous delivery, the main drawback was the reader's inability to 'do' a Cornish accent, substituting instead something akin to an Irish one - and the 'Dick Van Dyke' style of cockney accent was laughable!
In recounting this unlikely, but intriguing, tale the author spans three time periods without difficulty and the tale hangs together well. If the author intended a cliff-hanger, I doubt she has achieved it, as it was easy to guess the plot from the outset.
Overall though, a good 'read'.
"A good tale"
I enjoyed listening to this story. The clever way the plot revolves around three stories keeps you wanting to listen, especially when you get left with a cliffhanger and then move backward or forward in time. The only downside was the accents - the English ones rather moved back and forth across the country and got a bit Irish at times - but the story was enough to compensate
I have enjoyed greatly listening to this book. It is an intriguing plot(not at all boring)and very moving at the same time. The characters are very well developed. The book was very clearly read, in an engaging style (despite other comments I have read regarding the different accents of the narrator) and easy to understand. I would strongly recommended to anyone. I will miss it now that I have finished...
"The Forgotten Garden"
I loved this book this made the washing up a pleasure I really felt asif i was listening to friends ,please,if you are looking for a good book listen to this one you will be entertained for hours and will feel sorry when it is finished.
I loved this book. Although I agree with previous reviewer re-accents (diabolical cornish accent), and it became quite obvious early on how events would probably turn out.That said however, the author draws you in slowly but surely and suddenly 2 hrs have passed by! All in all a really enjoyable way to escape for a while.
"Great story beautifully told"
This would rate as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. It's the longest but totally engrossing.
I love the way Kate Moreton writes. She delivers the story in delicate little bits so that you can't tear yourself away. Her characters are rich and her descriptions vivid.
I've listened to other books read by Caroline Lee that were quite a different style. Caroline adapts so well to the mood of the book and does a brilliant job capturing the characters' personality in their voices.
"Great story marred by sloppy editing"
This had all the ingredients for the sort of story I really enjoy: a creepy old house in Cornwall; an abducted child; a secret garden; a century-old mystery.....yes, it was a great plot, with lots of twists and turns (and contrary to some reviewers, I didn't guess the ending near the beginning!). However, it was v-e-r-y- l-o-n-g w-i-n-d-e-d and could have done with some serious editing. There was far too much inconsequential dialogue that didn't move the story on at all, and rather too many descriptions of people making and drinking cups of tea. Dramatic incidents, such as the accident that befell Sammy, were flagged up at least five minutes in advance, so when whatever it was actually happened, I felt a sense of anticlimax.
I lost count of the number of times characters inhaled, exhaled, and pressed their lips together. This sort of lazy repetition really annoys me. Could Kate Morton not be bothered to think up other ways to let characters express emotions? What are editors for? Did they not notice?
The other thing that really got on my nerves was the reader's appalling attempts at a Cornish accent - as another reviewer has commented, it sounded more like Oirish. If only the producer had had the courage to say: 'look, love, your English regional accents are rubbish - just read it straight, OK?' - it would have been so much better.
Fantastic - was lost for hours listening to this. Loved the twisting and turning in different directions with delightful discriptions and stories.
"couldn't stop listening"
I tried to read a story by this author a while ago on a recommendation from a friend. I struggled with the dramatic descriptions of everything and gave up after only a few pages. The genre is my thing 'though' so I thought to give her another go. This time the descriptions came to life and I could imagine the places in the story. couldn't stop listening! Only irritant was a sloooooow Cornish accents. made those characters seem a daft when they obviously weren't.
"Brilliant story, shame about the narrator"
As many others have commented on the work of Caroline Lee, I cannot understand why someone who gives such a sub-standard performance continues to be chosen for some excellent books. A real let down when Kate Morton's work is excellent, gripping and so well written.
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