The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 7, 2009 - Fiction - 480 pages
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From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Secret Keeper, The Distant Hours, and The Lake House, an unforgettable novel that transports us from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World War I London to the shores of colonial Australia where so many made a fresh start, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, past and present.

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.
 

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This is one of the better books I've ever read. Beautiful writing. I admit that sometimes I was a bit mindful on how long it was, but I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded from multiple points of ... Read full review

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This was a gorgeous listening. Usually, I wouldn't read or listen such stories because this light fiction is mostly too 'sweet'. In this case it was the contrary. I liked the time switching between ... Read full review

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Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in London and Australia.

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