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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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    This story was so wonderful, I almost forgot I was trapped in bed with strep throat! Mystery, Romance, ... sigh.

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    Ann New Zealand 12-09-08
    Ann New Zealand 12-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    this was the best story I have come across in a long time. Thoroughly engrossing. I found myself listening to way after I should have been asleep many nights. I was sad when it finished

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    Robin West Bountiful, UT, United States 12-08-08
    Robin West Bountiful, UT, United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    This is one of those books where you find yourself sitting in the driveway listening... unwilling to turn the car off. One of my very favorites!

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    I want to know how to download into my IPod. It always goes into my PC
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    Lara BELLINGHAM, WA, USA 08-19-09
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    This story was fantastic. It was hard to stop listening!

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    This was a wonderful story, rich with details to make it come alive. I loved how she cleverly wove the 3 generations together. I had no idea when I started this book that I was in for such a treat!

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    This tale is a nice narration spanning three generations of women and involving friendship, family and hardship. It kept me interested throughout and I enjoyed both the author and narration.

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    Marilyn Sacramento, CA, United States 07-22-09
    Marilyn Sacramento, CA, United States 07-22-09 Member Since 2003
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    "What a great listen!"

    I loved this book. Listened to it in less than a week I was so entranced. The reader was superb.
    And though I guessed at the underlying mystery about 1/3 of the way through that's only because I read a lot of mysteries. Can't wait to read the previous book by Ms. Morton. It was very entertaining and there are times when I really, really just want to be entertained!

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    Karen Sherborn, MA, United States 05-23-09
    Karen Sherborn, MA, United States 05-23-09 Member Since 2002
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    "The Forgotten Garden"

    I love long Audible books. The longer the better. I do not find the plot in this book suspenseful. Perhaps better narration by, Davina Porter or Bianca Amato, would draw the listener in more. I can't stand the music. It totally breaks up the cadence of the book and is extremely annoying. I have not finished listening to the book yet so perhaps it will become more enjoyable as I get more into the plot.

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    Julia Seattle, WA, USA 02-04-09
    Julia Seattle, WA, USA 02-04-09 Member Since 2002
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    banal story, horrible narration (narrator can't do English accents; she's a native Australian.) Another Audible disappointment that I couldn't deal with after about an hour of listening. I am learning to only buy books that I know I am interested in, and not to buy anything recommended by Audible.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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