The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden

By Kate Morton

  • Release Date: 2009-04-07
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 755 Ratings
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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.


  • The Forgotten Garden

    By Lillybabe
    I found myself so deeply engaged in this fascinating story. I loved how it went from old to new explaining the connection between the characters. Once I started reading, couldn't put this book down.
  • Silly book

    By Gitmogal
    not her best book.
  • A MUST read!

    By Mrsfrein
    This book will pull you in so fast and will not let you go until the end. I found myself being consumed but yet not wanting the story to end. I have read thousands upon thousands of books and rarely does a book captivate me like this one has.
  • Wanted to love it

    By GretchenSLP
    ...but alas, too simplistic, fairy-talish, and predictable, despite being extraordinarily convoluted.
  • The forgotten garden

    By Caraliej
    Magical. So well written. A multi-layered grand adventure.
  • Way, way too long

    By inkheart's eleonore
    And too slowly progressing to meddle through the whole thing. Too many time jumps to keep track of or hold my interest. I finally moved on to the last couple of chapters to find out what the secret is and could not have imagined reading the whole thing. Sorry, but i think that the diary of Nell could have narrated to a point where Cassandra could have picked up the rest of the story and it would have been less convoluted .
  • Great book!

    By Dstiles59
    I loved this book. Such an interesting and complex plot with a surprise at the end!
  • The Forgotten Garden

    By Derby🌀
    The author intertwined he story lines together creating a maze of interplay between characters and time. The characters were all believable with no frivolous side tracking...everything was pertinent to the stories conclusion.
  • The Forgotten Garden

    By Perky too
    All the above reviewers have raved about this book. I am the "wet blanket" here....sorry! I thought the book was way too long, characters just a bit too good or bad to be believable. The whole garden thing just too dramatic and I really didn't need the fairy tales. However....everybody else seems to have loved the book, so maybe you shouldn't listen to me!
  • A great read

    By Heather Craig
    I loved this book, couldn't put it down.