Thursday, 26 August 2010
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton
The story is one of a woman, Nell, who has discovered she had been abandoned at 3 years of age and subsequently adopted. Nell's search for her roots and the reasons she was abandoned is cut short when she takes on the care of her own granddaughter, Cassandra. After Nell's death, Cassandra discovers her grandmother's secret and decides to set out to uncover the puzzle of her grandmother’s heritage.
Morton's story is written beautifully, and the story is unforgettable. The book is a fantasy mystery that moves between the past of of the early 1900s, the 1970s and the present. The story also takes the reader on a journey from Australia to London, and on to the cliffs of Cornwall; from a shipworkers humble home, to the poor streets of London, to a large manor house with a small cottage that has its own hidden garden.
It is the cottage on the Cornish coast with its secrets that brings Morton's story and its span of time together, uniting three generations of women, despite the decades and oceans that separate them.
I also enjoyed Morton's writing style. There is a whimsical use of fairy tales, within the novel, that are written by one of the story's featured characters, Eliza Makepeace. With her mix of fairytales, memories, journals, and imagination, Morton creates fantasy in her mystery and her character, Cassandra works to fill in the past and to find out why her grandmother was abandoned.
The Forgotten Garden is Morton's second novel. Like her first novel, this one also made the New York Times Bestseller list.
The following is an interview by Morton, discussing her book.