A 4-year old girl arrives on the docks in Australia alone and unable to share her name with the dockmaster. Taking pity on the girl the dockmaster takes her home with him. Having experienced several miscarriages the couple raise the girl as their own. On Nell’s 21st birthday the truth sends her world spiraling. War and life interrupt her need for the truth about her heritage. It isn’t until 1975 that Nell truly embarks on a journey to find the truth. Coming close to the truth Nell is again forced to abandon her quest. Cassandra, Nell’s granddaughter, picks up the quest after Nell death.
By overlapping narratives, adding fairy tales, and including a red herring Morton has created a fascinating story that is hard to put down. The ending is a surprise.
The character in the story are likeable and the plot although not masterful is entertaining. The story lines can get a little confusing while jumping between several of the characters stories. However, I was thoroughly entertained and curious to see the characters find the answers for themselves. While this is not a masterpiece it is a good read. I recommend the book for pure delights sake. I plan on keeping this book on my shelf because I thought it was fun. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Having enjoyed both of her first books I will continue to read this author.
I would say 4 out of 5