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The Kate Morton Collection: The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton (Goodreads Author)
Morton's first two unforgettable novels in one volume: The House at Riverton plus The Forgotten Garden.
ebook, 1056 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Atria Books
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If you are a fan of of Downton Abbey and desperately missing the PBS series, these are for you! Wonderful read that transports you worlds away to a time when estates were full of bustling hubs for families, friends and entertaining. Servants seamlessly cared for the needs of all.
I enjoyed these books. I was unfamiliar with this author until I read the LAKE HOUSE. I normally try to read most authors' works from their first to their last. I believe I would have enjoyed these more had I done the same. I enjoyed the FORGOTTEN GARDEN more than the HOUSE AT RIVERTON. Both are good stories with mesmerizing vocabulary, which I loved. Both stories are intricate and I love the way Morton goes back and forth from the past to the present as she weave her characters and the mystery ...more
I could not put this book down from page one. This story jumps from around the years of 1913, 1975 and 2005. Each year represents a person tied to the beginning story of a little 4 year old girl alone and left by a mysterious lady on the docks of a ship bound for Australia. The mysterious lady tells her to be quiet and hide until she returns. The lady known as the , Authoress, never returns. The little girl is left with just a white suitcase filled with a few cherished items and one is a fairy t ...more
I have read the House at Riverton and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are among the legions of people who love Downton Abbey; you will love this period piece about the changing attitudes and traditions in turn of the century Britain colored heavily by a melodramatic love affair between a married woman of the upper class to a down on his luck poet and the inevitable outcome of such an affair. What makes it most interesting is the change from the present remembrances of a servant at the time with th ...more
Would have reviewed it as "loved it" (actually loved both) but the dialogue went on too long. I loved the writing, the stories, the mystery. Just felt the book, especially The Forgotten Garden, could have been shortened and still told the story. That said, both books were extremely good and I enjoyed both.
Mar 03, 2016 Shirley Yuhasz rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Became interested in The Forgotten Garden but found this collection, ordered on my Nook. Loved The House at Riverton and am now enjoying The Forgotten Garden. I especially enjoy the way Kate Morton draws you into the story & characters. After finishing The Forgotten Garden, it is my favorite of the two.
KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and three young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she became sidetracked writing novels, and still feels a pang of longing ...moreMore about Kate Morton...