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 enjoyed the story/plot the way the author weaved back and forth from the 1900's, 1975 and present day. Unique charcters that kept you quessing through out the book. I can't wait to read more from Kate Morton
I was bored by a third of the way through and almost quit listening, then it picked up, but by the last third it was pretty predictable. I think the author tells us too much in a too obvious manner and it moves slowly.
It became too easy to see what the ending was going to be so I just wanted to finish.
She did a good job with the various accents, Australian, English, American. Probably if I had been reading it in print, I would have quit or just skipped ahead to the end.
Yes, it would make a good movie or TV show.
Overall, it was just too obvious in telling the reader everything without leaving us anything to figure out or understand on our own.
Intriguing story, which didn't lag. If you enjoy the English turn-of-the-century-free-spirit-heroine type of novel, you'll like this. The author did a wonderful job of painting pictures and capturing characters' actions with words. I do wish I had read the book, rather than listened to the audiobook format. Given the fact that the storyline wasn't linear, it would have been nice to be able to flip back a few pages or chapters to re-read sections to refresh my memory after I skipped a few days between listens. But don't let that stop you -- it's a good listen and the narrator was excellent.
I loved everything about The Forgotten Garden. Each segment, going back and forth through the century, drew me in. I loved the narrator's inflection and accent. I look forward to listening to more books by Kate Morton and narrated by Caroline Lee!
Cheering for her so many times.
The way the characters were made so human and so complex
Finding the key and finding the garden.
I wished I could listen to all in one sitting. Even though the book is long, I could still have listened longer.
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.
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