A lost child ..On the eve of the first world war, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her - but the Authoress has disappeared without a trace...A terrible secret ..On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell O'Connor learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the ...
A lost child ..On the eve of the first world war, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her - but the Authoress has disappeared without a trace...A terrible secret ..On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell O'Connor learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family...A mysterious inheritance ..On Nell's death, her grand-daughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost...A captivating and atmospheric story of secrets, family and memory from the international bestselling author Kate Morton.
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New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text. New. First Washington Square press trade edition. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 560 p. Audience: General/trade. Shifting back and forth over a span of nearly 100 years, this is a sprawling, old-fashioned novel, as well-cushioned as a Victorian country house, replete with family secrets, stories-within-stories, even a maze and a Dickensian rag-and-bone shop.
kept you wanting to know what happens next and entertwining the years back and forth so you would know what was going on and at the end it finally all comes together with a surpise ending
Aug 11, 2011
Simplistic, typical romance story. Can we have a heroine who does not have red hair and green eyes?
Mar 25, 2011
A great read! A couple of wet afternoons and it was finished. Thoroughly recommend.
Jan 26, 2011
At first, the jumping back and forth in time to tell the stories of multiple charachters drove me a little bit crazy. But it didn't take very many chapters to start feeling pulled in by the complexity of the story. The characters were vivid and well-drawn and human. And I liked the brief cameo by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
My only complaint with the story is that I figured out enough by about 2/3 of the way through that I wasn't really surprised by anything at the conclusion. Some of the details of what I thought would occur were different, and some things I wanted to have happen didn't, and certain characters were either more or less menacing than I expected. Despite that, I enjoyed getting there. Kate Morton is a very talented writer, and she made the story enjoyable to the end.
Apr 17, 2010
Forgotten garden is unforgettable
I purchased this book after reading the authors first book.
The story didn't disappoint, a great mix between three different times, beautifully woven together.
I wouldn't read it if you don't have the time to be focussed on a few chapters at a time, otherwise you'll get a little lost!
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