The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden,

By Kate Morton


When a four year old is stranded on the wharf in Australia without a trace finding out where she came from and who was responsible for her placement on the boat is highly entertaining, emotional, and mesmerizing.
 
I’m not sure what the chances were that I read this book immediately after reading The Light Between Oceans, but the comparisons were intriguing.
In both books we have a childless mother who desperately wants to have a baby. In both books we have a ‘seemingly’ motherless child who is in need of good, loving parents. In both books the adoptive mother is determined to keep the child that they love and protect it from harm. Here the similarities end. Both Australian fathers are troubled with intense feelings of guilt for the method by which they acquired their daughter, one father chooses to clear up the misunderstanding while the other carries his secret into the child’s adulthood. The consequences are fascinating.
 
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton is a book that you hate to read quickly because when it is over you feel like you have lost a dear friend. However, the complexity of the characters, (and juggling narative) along with their unique behavior and unpredictable involvement to the lost child keep the pages turning and the anticipation high!     

 

Critics may disapprove of the character of Nell, the lost child and Grandmother to Cassandra, saying she was a feebleminded whiner who threw away a good life in search of her lost identity. I must agree that she was not a really great person; she abandoned a good fiancé, estranged herself from loving family members, married a loser and became a horrible mother. Nell was not fantastic, but the events surrounding her life were, thus making a wonderful fairy tale.
 
Historical Value- 2
Emotional Value- 5
Entertainment Value- 4
Personal character value- 4
Age recommendation- Young Adult- Adult
 
Memory is a cruel mistress with whom we all must learn to dance.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
 “Mother didn't understand that children aren't frightened by stories; that their lives are full of far more frightening things than those contained in fairy tales.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
“Always remember, with a strong enough will, even the weak can wield great power.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
Cassandra always hid when she read, though she never quite knew why. It was as if she couldn't shake the guilty suspicion that she was being lazy, that surrendering herself so completely to something so enjoyable must surely be wrong. But surrender she did. Let herself drop through the rabbit hole and into a tale of magic and mystery ...”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
It didn't occur to him that she might have chosen to remain this way. That where he saw reserve and loneliness, Cassandra saw self-preservation and the knowledge that it was safer when one had less to lose.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
“... time had a way of molding people into shapes they themselves no longer recognized ...”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
The happiest folk are those that are busy, for their minds are starved of time to seek out woe.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
 
 

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