The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

by Kate Morton (Atria, May 2009, Hardcover, $26.00)

The Forgotten Garden is inhabited by a series of abandoned children and disappointed adults; by the author of fairy tales and the artist who illustrates them; by orphaned siblings desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the ‘Bad Man’ their dead mother warned them about as they scratch a meager living in the squalid streets of London; by British aristocracy harboring terrible secrets, and Cornwall fisherfolk who want to set those secrets free; by Australian working class families and antique dealers.  Their story is one of heartbreak and envy and love that grabs you from the very first page and draws you in as the mystery of how a four year old girl who has forgotten her name came to be left alone on a passenger ship from London to Australia builds to its most satisfying conclusion.  This is the perfect summer read, magical, suspenseful, horrifying and romantic, and most satisfyingly thick!  A Secret Garden for grownups, The Forgotten Garden is hands down my favorite read so far this summer!

Reviewed by Annie Leonard
The Next Chapter, Knoxville, Iowa


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