Book Review by Laura the Book Enthusiast
A child who has lost her memory, a mysterious book of fairytales, and a woman known simply as the Authoress. This is the plot we are presented with in Kate Morton’s, The Forgotten Garden.
As her grandmother, Nell lay dying, Cassandra hears her grandmother utter something about the Authoress telling Nell to wait for her. From this point on, Cassandra’s life goes into a tailspin. After Nell’s death, Cassandra begins to unravel a mystery involving a book of fairytales that belonged to Nell. Cassandra travels to England, to gaze upon the cottage her grandmother had purchased back in 1975. She discovers a garden without an entrance, a garden that despite its neglect, is full of life. What secrets does this garden hold? Who are the Mountrachets? And how does the Authoress fit into this puzzle? Join Cassandra, as I did, on this journey into the past.
I must say, I absolutely loved this book. While one could argue it is very character driven, the plot is intriguing and engrossing enough to hold your attention. I couldn’t put it down. I had to find out who the characters were, and what they would do next. Speaking of, I adore the character, Eliza. We get to see her in childhood and adulthood. Eliza is a free spirit, smart, and strong. While she may appear to have rough edges, Eliza has a heart full of love and courage. She’s very fun to read. In fact, all the characters are memorable and interesting.
The setting takes on a life of its own. The maze, garden, and cottage seem to be characters in their own right. Yes, The Forgotten Garden has something for everyone. As said in the novel, ““She’s understood the power of stories. Their magical ability to refill the wounded part of people.”
Whether you like fairytales, mysteries, romantic settings, love in all its forms, or even well written characters, you will enjoy The Forgotten Garden. I wouldn’t describe this novel as a romance, but the premise is weaved beautifully into this engrossing mystery. Above all, this novel is about people, with all their layers, good and bad. And these characters unfold the plot for us in a thrilling way.
So, what are you waiting for? Go to your local library or bookstore, and pick up a copy of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. That’s right, plant yourself, and allow the story to bloom into your heart.