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A captivating, atmospheric and compulsively readable story of the past, ghosts, family and memories from bestselling author Kate Morton.
Kate Morton was born in 1976 and grew up in the mountains of southeast Queensland. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and two young sons in a hundred-year-old house in Brisbane. Caroline Lee is a gifted actress and narrator who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. Caroline has narrated a number of bestselling titles for Bolinda audio, including Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, and The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. On stage, she has performed for various theatre companies including the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse and Red Stitch. She has received Green Room Awards for Best Actress - Independent Theatre for her roles in Alias Grace and Ordinary Misery, and three AudioFile Earphones Awards, including Best Audiobook of the Year 2016 for Truly Madly Guilty.
This is the second novel by the Queensland author of The Shifting Fog. The book opens with a little girl abandoned on a ship to Australia. She is secretly taken in by a childless family and loved as their own. When her origins are revealed on the night of her 21st birthday, Nell O'Connor's life changes forever. Decades later during the 1970s, she searches for the truth by returning to England, leading her to the windswept Cornish coast, and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by an aristocratic family. The story hops between memories of England in the early 1900s and Brisbane between the 1930s and 2005. On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious among the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold-secrets about the doomed family and their ward, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that secrets about the family are revealed, and the century-old mystery of a little girl lost is solved. It will be easy to recommend this immediately captivating and atmospheric story to readers of historic fiction, who also enjoy a well- plotted mystery along the way. Meredith Wright is the owner of Dalton's Books in Canberra, and has been a bookseller for over 25 years
Verdict: After her highly successful debut, The House at Riverton, Morton once again creates an intricate family puzzle spanning generations. From the Victorian era to the present day, Morton follows her striking characters in richly distinctive backgrounds. Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy intergenerational family sagas. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/08.] Background: A four-year-old is found abandoned on a dock in 1913 Australia. The port master and his wife take in the little mystery girl and raise her as their own child, now called Nell. After her adoptive father passes away leaving her a tiny trunk and a book of fairy tales, flashes of memory return to Nell, in particular that of the mysterious woman known to her as The Authoress. She returns to England to search for her true identity, but Nell's long quest is not completed until after her death, when her granddaughter Cassandra starts to uncover the dark secrets of the aristocratic Mountrachet family in Cornwall.-Joy St. John, Henderson Libs., NV Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"A beautifully written and satisfying novel." -- The Daily Express
"The Forgotten Garden weaves its powerful spell slowly and beautifully." -- Waterstone's Quarterly magazine
"After her grandmother, Nell's, death, Cassandra wants to know how Nell turned up, alone, in Australia as a child, and what a children's author had to do with it. Caroline Lee's elegant voice has an ethereal quality that emphasizes the fairy-tale motif that runs throughout this novel, but her delivery is also realistic enough to keep the story grounded. She holds listeners' attention well, guiding them through a complex story that moves among three generations as Cassandra follows the mystery's threads. By the time Cassandra finds her answers, the vivid characters will have listeners enthralled. Even though it features a tale of childhood with a fairy-tale motif, Morton's grim story is for grown-ups." -- AudioFile Magazine