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Book Club: The Forgotten Garden

Forgotten_Garden_TheThe Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton, is a fairy tale. It is a lush saga, a delicious gothic mystery, and a beautifully told story of the interwoven lives of three women from different eras.

There are gorgeous settings: Australia, late Victorian London, and a grand English manor in Cornwall. There are dark family secrets, and themes of escape, abandonment, obsession, and the quest to learn the truth about oneself.

As for the mystery, I absolutely loved it in the beginning. Until it became painfully obvious what the truth was, and then it became kind of protracted as we waited for the “final reveal”, which didn’t come as much of a surprise.

I found the Victorian/Edwardian storyline to be the richest and most compelling–and I’m pretty sure Morton enjoyed writing it the best, too. She certainly devoted the most time to it, and it was the most fully developed. The more contemporary storylines were a little more sketchy, a little more cursorily handled. Still enjoyable, but not as much to sink your teeth into.  

This was the first book of Kate Morton’s that I’ve read, although she’s been on my reading list for quite some time. I will certainly be checking out her other books now. I’m excited to have “discovered” this author–I always feel a particular affinity for writer-moms (…sensing a trend?). 

So tell me–have you read any Kate Morton? What did you think?

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3 Responses to “Book Club: The Forgotten Garden”

  1. I also read this book a while back and enjoyed it, but felt it was missing something too. I actually wrote a review on in it on my blog if you want to take a look. Nice review 🙂

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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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