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Old 08-04-2014, 07:04 AM
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Has anyone read this?

It's by Kate Morton. I'll give you a synopsis for funsies:
At Nell's joyous 21st birthday party her world falls apart when her father tells her she was adopted as a 4-year-old in 1913, seemingly abandoned on an Australian wharf and unable to remember her name. The knowledge shatters her self-image and changes the course of her life.

In 1975, the only surviving clues to Nell's past are given to her after her father's death; the memories they trigger lead her to travel to England to unravel the puzzle, part of which is connected to the author of a rare fairytale book in her possession. She discovers her true identity despite having been thought dead for more than 60 years, and finds her way to Tregenna, and Blackhurst Manor, on the coast of Cornwall.

However, her plans to complete the quest are interrupted when her granddaughter Cassandra comes to stay "temporarily," a stay that becomes permanent. In the end it is Cassandra, haunted by her own griefs, who in 2005 follows in Nell's footsteps to finish the journey of discovery and fit together all the missing pieces.


It took me FOREVER to get into this book, I was wondering if I was the only one. I usually tear through books but this one took me a month to finish.

It wasn't that I thought it was BAD, it just wasn't grabbing me. In the end, I did like it. Just didn't love it.

That's surprising because it was recommended to me by someone who loves it and considers it one of her favorites.

If you've read it, what did you think? If not, does the plot make you want to read it? Let me know how it goes!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:09 AM
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I like Kate Morton, I don't love Kate Morton, and The Forgotten Garden is probably my least favorite.
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I'm dying to know why!! If there's a particular reason anyway.

For me, the vibe from the get-go was a little off and I just couldnt care about the characters until weeeellllll into the book.
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Forgive me, I read this book a while ago, so it's not quite as fresh.

I think I just didn't care for the characters as much - I did't connect. It was one of those that as soon as I was done, it went out of my mind. I'll have to pop on to my Goodreads account and see if I bothered doing a review.
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