Thursday, March 11, 2010

Review: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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


bookmagic said...

I have got to get moving on this book. I started in forever ago but never got back to it. Did you like this better than House at Riverton?

Deb said...

I don't remember as much about the House at Riverton now. I am going to reread it. I did seem to get into this one a little quicker. Of course, that could be because I actually have more time to read.

Kaye said...

Much better than House at Riverton, imho. I read TFG last year and thought it was one of the best books I read for sheeer entertainment value and holding my attention.

JoAnn said...

A friend from my book club called last week to say I MUST read this - she's sure I'd enjoy it. Sounds like the kind of book I'd like to take along in my suitcase for my next vacation!

Lisa said...

My book club just selected this one for later this year. Neither of the two of us that usually preread books for the club have read it. Do you think it will generate a good discussion?