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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

Critic Reviews

"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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I enjoyed the complexity of all the different characters and stories. I did not want to stop listening. I love happy ever afters

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Magical haunting story beautifully written and narrated .

Astounding story line with complex, compelling characters. I listened to the audiobook and could not put it down. Completely transporting.

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  • Pictorama
  • New York, NY United States
  • 09-05-16

Mixed Feelings

Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It rates in the top half I would say.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The two main female characters were very strong.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Caroline Lee?

She was the weak link on this one. I almost never have an issue with readers but there was one accent that was painful to listen to and pretty much killed those characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Slow at first, but picks up after 3-4 hrs

This started out as one of those books that would put me to sleep. It seemed like nothing was ever going to happen. After starting and stopping a few times I went to read the reviews and see what folks had to say. What I found was that the book does, indeed, pick up at some point. So I decided to stick it out, and I'm glad I did! While the story's current time is 2005, the flashbacks to 1905-1913 and 1975 make you forget that these characters are are gone. The author does a great job at breathing life into them as their descendant in 2005 uncovers their story. Because these events have already happened, there is a pervasive sense of futility against a larger power, an inevitable sense of fate -- no matter how much it is struggled against. It's like watching a historically-based film where you forget how it ends because you've fallen in love with the characters. I especially liked how Fairy Tales were worked into the story and how they were developed by the Authoress and their relevance in her life. I didn't really understand or appreciate it until about half way through, but when I finally caught on... wow! Great! I also really enjoyed the way the storyline developed -- the interplay between past and present. Whenever you got an inkling for the truth, the timeline would shift and it would play out in front of you. Great story!! Definitely worth trudging through those first couple of hours! Thank you Kate!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • G.
  • boulder creek, ca
  • 03-08-09

well-written

I was impressed with "The Forgotten Garden", I felt it succeeded on many levels. Great writing, the author's voice is original. The characters were fully realized and distinct. Even the evil doers actions were explained. The setting, or rather "settings", were vivid, very well imagined. The Gothic backdrop revealed itself slowly, melding well with the modern story running concurrently. At times the tale got a little silly, but it should be forgiven because they are brief lapses, and maybe some people like their stories that way. The narration was fine, yes the English and American accents were butchered, but she kept the story lively and engaged fully in the telling.

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  • Richard
  • Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • 03-10-14

Do we need the music?

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Do we really need all the music interludes between chapters!?! Distracting at best... Caroline Lee is a fine reader and her skills do not require artificial music breaks.

Albeit an enjoyable listen with a fine tip of the hat to The Secret Garden, the book dragged a bit at the end. The plot twists and mysteries were not so complex that the last 4 hours listening time could have been condensed into 2 hours.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Caryl
  • SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States
  • 12-21-09

Picked up because recommended

Story line too slow for me, maybe later. Narration accent too hard to listen to when the story could not pull me in. Maybe I will try again later.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Shilo
  • Davenport, WA, USA
  • 12-19-09

Intriguing Story

Kate Morton is an amazing writer and the narrator makes her words sound like music. Beautiful, beautiful audio book!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved It

I just loved this book! It was a bit hard at first to keep the characters straight until I realized the dates stated at the beginning of a change helped keep it straight. Otherwise, a great story and great narrator. I wish Audible had more than 2 of her books available. My new favorite.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Over-long melodrama

Wonderful narration almost redeems this much-too-long melodrama. It wasn't too hard to figure out where the plot was going, so there were no surprises.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Janine
  • 05-18-11

I struggled through this one...

I struggled through this book I'm afraid. I didn't find the story that gripping and the narrators monotone voice did nothing to enhance it.

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  • grace cassar
  • 09-25-08

Pleasant read but could have been shorter

I enjoyed this book but must admit could have been a couple of hours shorter.

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  • Paul D
  • 04-09-17

Beautiful book

Extended family sagas are not my usual genre but I enjoyed this from beginning to end. Beautifully written, well constructed, original storyline, unobtrusive narration. Looking for further Kate Morton

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  • Rachel
  • 07-24-16

Excellent story

The story had me hooked from the start. There are many threads that take a while to come together but well worth the wait. I really enjoyed the entire thing. Worth a credit xx

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  • J
  • 06-04-16

Wonderful story

Great story very well narrated .keeps you riveted right to the very end, when the whole mystery unfolds.
One of her best





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  • Emma
  • 05-12-16

Another great story!

Another great story by Kate Morton, brilliantly read by Caroline Lee. As always, the story telling was so clever that I feel close to each character: I will miss them.....always the sign of a great book in my view!

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  • Carmel
  • 01-13-16

Good story marred by 'irritating accents'!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book. I found the story captivating and enjoyable.





Did Caroline Lee do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I thought Caroline Lee read very well, however, I was both irritated and amused in equal measure by her enability to speak in a Bradford, London or Cornish accent. I agree with other reviewers that the accents roamed around quite a bit, often settling somewhere near Dublin! It was a shame she appeared not to have sought advice before embarking on this particular narration, as it did prove to be an unwelcome distraction at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • J. Baldwin
  • 12-30-15

Not to be Forgotten Garden

What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

I thought the book was going to be too long but even when it finished I wanted to go on listening a well built story that keeps you gripped all the way through, you follow the whole life of characters from childhood to old age, how their lives are intertwined and how chance meetings can alter lives forever.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

It was fine, gentle listening voice

Any additional comments?

Love Kate Morton books and her way of storytelling

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  • alexjayne
  • 11-08-15

lots to keep you guessing

What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to, and why?

a really good who done it with female twists

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

brilliantly read

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

not what you expect

Any additional comments?

liked all the female characters spread over time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 08-03-15

Loved it!

Lovely characters, well written with intriguing plot. Lots of twists and turns to keep up interest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful