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From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, an unforgettable new novel that transports the reader 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 with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to fi nd 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. At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales.

This is a novel of outer and inner journeys and an homage to the power of storytelling. The Forgotten Garden is fi lled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its spellbinding plot to astounding effect.

Morton's novels are #1 bestsellers in England and Australia and are published in more than twenty languages. Her fi rst novel, The House at Riverton, was a New York Times bestseller.

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January 31st, 2015
A good read, with some very interesting plot twists! Well worth adding to your reading list!...............
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The Forgotten Garden
January 18th, 2015
Beautifully written, captivating story, believable complex characters. Everything a great book should contain. Loved it!
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August 5th, 2014
Good story...great characters! Well worth the reas
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April 4th, 2014
Excellent story, didn't want to put it down and didn't want it to end. One of the best books I have read in along time.
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February 20th, 2014
Excellently written novel. Definitely a page turner. I loved the timeline through the generations and how each family was affected by choices made by earlier relatives.
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January 25th, 2014
I love Kate's writing, characters and descriptions. Historical fiction is my genre and I've read all of Kate's books. This is my favourite - a mystery with a sleuth who is not the usual detective, alternating present day with past events as they happened, and interesting twists, with a heartbreaking ending. Love it.
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January 22nd, 2014
Amazing book. The characters draw you in and you just want to keep reading more. Even though some bits were predictable it was written so well you didn't feel disappointed that it had happened how you had already guessed. I feel that there could have been at least another chapter just to tie up the very end. Definitely will be reading more from Kate Morton.
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November 2nd, 2013
Another wonderful read from Kate Morton. Moving from generation to generation and continent to continent with all the twists snd turns could have proved very confusing but this author makes it work seamlessly. I couldn't put this book down.
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October 16th, 2013
What a great read! A story that moves seamlessly between two decades. I love the descriptive writing's of Kate, and the secrets kept over decades and slowly revealed.
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October 4th, 2013
Loved this story Kate Morton does not disappoint.
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October 4th, 2013
This book sucked me in from the start- I couldn't put it down and ended up reading the whole thing in less than a day. The mystery aspect of the story is interesting- I had a couple of different theories and ended up being right about. I have found the endings in Kate Morton's books to feel rushed...this one was the same.
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October 4th, 2013
I really liked the way this book told 2 stories. The past and the present. It was a simple to follow story and kept me trying to figure out the twists that came up.
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October 4th, 2013
Kate Morton is a masterful storyteller, wonderfully written, with just enough mystery and history to keep us coming back for more.
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October 4th, 2013
Loved every word. How heart breaking on so many levels. Human cruelty really knows no limits. Yet acts of kindness by others is enough to restore our faith once again. Love this author. I seem to melt into her pages and almost become one of her characters. Difficult to put down.
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October 4th, 2013
This book was a good read, there were parts that seemed to have myself loose interest. The description of the lost garden was so vivid.
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October 4th, 2013
This book got me back reading after a long time away from books.
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October 4th, 2013
This book is well written, and gave the reader an excellent indication as to the conditions which prevailed after the First World War, and the social changes which the war broght about. A very interesting read.
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September 29th, 2013
Miss Morton has a wonderful way of taking you between the generations. She weaves you back andforth and gives you just enough information to attempt to figure out the mystery. I look forward to getting emersed in my next journey .
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Amazing!
January 12th, 2013
Wow! What a great book! I will be missing this wonderful story now that I've finished! Thanks for the recommendation Shannon!
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