The Forgotten Garden Spans Generations and is
a Perfect Introduction to the World of Historical Fiction
The Forgotten Garden is a captivating novel beginning with the discovery of a little girl standing on the docks in Brisbane, Australia. She has nothing to identify herself but a small white suitcase and a book of fairytales.
The dockmaster and his wife take the little girl in and decide to raise her as their daughter. There are too many unanswered questions regarding a little girl who traveled across the ocean without having any apparent guardian or family with her. The mystery haunts the couple for years and provides no opportunity for them to quiet Nell’s longing. They name the child Nell.
This book is a story within a story within a story…
You will delight in the fairytales interspersed with the pages of this already enticing tale. As Nell grows up, she’s convinced she can unravel the mystery of her beginnings. It may come down to her granddaughter, Cassandra to figure everything out in the end.
As you begin to know the two families involved, you will find the same comfort in the dockmaster and his wife Nell did. From the riches found in England to the simple life in Australia, Nell’s legacy involves secrets, hidden love triangles, the love of being an authoress, and countless people and events who perhaps unwittingly were responsible for Nell’s journey to the shores of Australia.
This book spans the generations, bringing Edwardian Society into proximity with the orphans terrorized by a foggy London and Jack the Ripper, who lurks behind the shadows. You will experience loss, envy, pride, love and the secrets that attempt to muddy forever our ability to find true happiness and belonging.
About the Book
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
Abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913, a young girl somehow manages to survive. Sadly, she arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book — a beautiful volume of fairy tales.
The dockmaster and his wife take her in 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 find her real identity.
Eventually, 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 contains unforgettable characters who weave their way through its spellbinding plot to astounding effect.
Morton’s novels remain #1 bestsellers in England and Australia and are published in more than twenty languages. Her first novel, The House at Riverton, was a New York Times bestseller.
About the Author
KATE MORTON is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. In addition to The Forgotten Garden, she has written – The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog), The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper and The Lake House. Kate published novels in over 40 countries, in 34 languages. All achieved number one bestseller status around the world.
Kate published her new book, The Clockmaker’s Daughter, in September/October 2018.
Kate Morton was born in South Australia. She grew up in the mountains of southeast Queensland. The author now lives with her family in London and Australia. Also, she has degrees in dramatic art and English literature. Kate harbored dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. That was until she realized that she loved words more than performing. She still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.
“I fell deeply in love with books as a child and believe that reading is freedom; that to read is to live a thousand lives in one; that fiction is a magical conversation between two people – you and me – in which our minds meet across time and space. I love books that conjure a world around me, bringing their characters and settings to life, so that the real world disappears and all that matters, from beginning to end, is turning one more page.”
The Clockmaker’s Daughter: A Novel Oct 9, 2018
The Lake House: A Novel Oct 20, 2015
The Secret Keeper: A Novel Oct 16, 2012
The House at Riverton: A Novel Apr 22, 2008
The Distant Hours: A Novel Nov 9, 2010
The Kate Morton Collection: The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden Dec 7, 2010
The books are available in French, German, Spanish, Catalin, Portuguese,