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 listened out of order part 2 first didnt know till the end when i started part one but it is writen in 3 time frames so the skipping around was not so out of order but you wouldnt want to listen to part 3 first or your head would spin as the peices of the puzzle begin to fall into place i wouldnt call it inspirational as far as content !not a childs story ! but not graffic or strogly sugestive but some of the content would not be fit for young readers complicated to explain but i enjoyed the book greatly and will listen agian after i get over the stunning story of Eliza Makepeace and the preformance flowed well did not bore or erritate
I really enjoyed this book and how it fired my imagination. It was sometimes difficult to follow the jumping time lines within the story, but easy enough to get back on track. The narrator had some accent slips between the Australian accent and the British, but it wasn't too distracting.
I really enjoyed the tale that Morton wove and it had just enough twists and turns and mystery about it that I enjoyed working with the characters to figure out the details.
I found this book to be a real treasure. I am sure I will listen to it again. The book is intriguing, but not complicated.The characters are well developed, and enjoyable.The book moves at nice pace, interesting all the way through.
I loved every minute or this story and the narration was excellent. At first I thought this will be a long one but I was sorry when it finished. Highly recommended.
I wasn't sure at first -- then the book really started to develop. I was sure I had figured out the ending when it took a twist. It twisted around even again. Loved the book and I thought it very well done. Definitely recommended.
This is a story that takes you through mutiple generations in an attempt to seek ones true identity. Expect to be kept interested. Expect the unexpected. Just when you think you got it.... a new discovery.... a new revelation proves otherwise. For me Lisa was my favorite character. A women full of compassion and love but seen differently and treated badly yet still giving. This book does take you back and forth between generations so be prepared for that aspect of it. Get past that and you have a book that you have a hard time putting down.
Enjoyed the story very much! I loved the suspense of the story and the characters have clung to me weeks after I finished the novel. Some of the story line needed more development, especially the characters and some of the dramatic changes in personality/temperament. I enjoyed the performance very well.
I love, love, loved this novel. I also loved the narrator. In fact, I adored Caroline Lee so much after these three novels that I was disappointed to find that she hasn't narrated anything else. I really enjoyed the fairy-tale theme woven throughout the book. It was wonderfully engaging.
I am an educated Southerner, plowing through books at the speed of light. I love good stories, good coffee, and good conversation.
This was my first listen to Kate Morton, and I am blown away! Although this is quite a lengthy book, I found that I devoured it in a matter of days, stealing moments -- cleaning house, cooking supper, driving -- just to listen to this lovely tale. Just a warning -- once you listen to this book, you will have it on the brain for a long time, and you'll find yourself searching for more Kate Morton here on Audible. Thankfully, you will find more. I look forward with great anticipation to Morton's upcoming works!
"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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