This isn’t a new book but one I’ve recently re-read after previously reading it about 12 times! I’ve read this particular book so many times in fact, that with this latest reading I’ve had to perform some emergency book surgery and sellotape loose pages back into place. It’s probably time to buy a new one but I’m a bit sentimental like that.
Kate Morton has to be one of my favourite storytellers with her often haunting, beautifully written tales; so I was surprised to find that I’ve only ever reviewed one of her books (The Secret Keeper, read it here) on the blog before.
Therefore it’s long overdue that I pop up a review of another of her brilliant novels. To date, Kate has four books to her name and having read them all it’s so hard to pick a favourite. I usually pick whichever one I’ve most recently read, so The Forgotten Garden it is.
In 1913, at a London dock, on board a ship about to set sail to Australia, The Authoress explains the rules of the game. She tells the little girl to be patient, to wait and that together they will search out a new life together.
On the other side of the ocean, the same child is found with amnesia and a small white suitcase. The Authoress has disappeared, nowhere to be found.
In 1975, Nell Andrews is an old lady. She is on a journey of self-discovery after learning a family secret at the age of twenty-one. Her search for truth takes her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast of England, home of the Mountrachet family; where, once upon a time, there lived a celebrated painter and a writer of fairytales.
In Australia, on the event of Nell’s death in 2005, her granddaughter Cassandra not only inherits her grandmother’s unsolved mystery, but also Cliff Cottage in the grounds of a grand estate half the world away. On a quest for answers Cassandra heads to Cornwall and the cottage on the cliff, infamous among locals for its dark secrets. There she discovers a forgotten garden but will it give up all Blackhurst’s secrets?
Will the riddle of the lost little girl and her grandmother Nell finally be solved?
And exactly what was the fate of The Authoress?
Wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric this dual time narrative spans three generations with its rich, beautifully written, multi layered plot. In true Kate Morton fashion it is masterfully woven with more magic, twists and truths than a fairytale, Elisa Makepeace (read the book) would be proud!
Kate’s books never fail to captivate and keep you there right to the very last page.
Even after reading it so many times I’m sure I will be visiting The Forgotten Garden again.
Bookworm Business: What are you reading right now? Are you a fan of Kate Morton’s books? Do you think you’ll be giving The Forgotten Garden a try?