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June 2018: Magical Realism > The Forgotten Garden / Kate Morton - 4**** (LISTOPIA)

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message 1: by Book Concierge (last edited Jul 02, 2018 06:00AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6407 comments The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
Audiobook performed by Caroline Lee.
4****

In 1913 a little girl, only 4-years-old, is found alone on the wharf in Australia. She’s taken in by the portmaster and his wife, who are childless, and when no one comes to claim her they keep her and raise her as their own. Decades later her granddaughter tries to unravel the mystery of her grandmother’s origins.

What a magical story. The action moves back and forth in time, from the late 1800s to 1913 to 1975 to 2005. The four women central to the story are Nell, Cassandra, Eliza and Rose. Some of the sections are told from the perspective of a child, while others from the perspective of an adult. No one has the full story and anyone who has key elements is sworn to secrecy, so it’s a long, complicated and tangled tale that Cassandra tries to unravel and reveal.

I was engaged and interested from beginning to end. This is the first book by Kate Morton that I’ve read. It won’t be the last.

I don’t think I would have used the magical realism tag, but several other people have, probably because of the fairy tales that are a central plot point, and one brief mention of a ghost. (Eliza is an author and several of her fairy tales are related in the book; they are truly magical.)

Caroline Lee does a fantastic job of voicing the audiobook. She has a lot of characters to handle (most of them female) and I was never confused about who was speaking.




LINK to my review


message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9388 comments I have totally wanted to read this one. Glad to see a review of it.


LibraryCin | 9082 comments Loved this one!


message 4: by Hayjay315 (new) - added it

Hayjay315 | 254 comments I read this book a few years ago and The characters and stories shared in this book absolutely captivated me


Ladyslott | 1880 comments Amy - Read it - I loved it!


message 6: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9388 comments Would you believe it’s number three on my TBR? And that means number three of 500. I might’ve even picked it for fairytales.


message 7: by Book Concierge (last edited Jul 01, 2018 05:49AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6407 comments Ladyslott wrote: "Amy - Read it - I loved it!"

Totally agree with Linda .... Amy you will love this book!

There's also quite a bit of psychology involved with the relationships and I think you'll appreciate that aspect as well.

Oh ... and I listened to it on audio - Caroline Lee does a fantastic job of narrating.


message 8: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9388 comments I never cancelled my audio/audible thing. Thought I would give it the summer to see if I would try it or pick it up again. If I don’t do it by the pool or on a walk it’ll never happen ever again. At least for a while. Wonder if I should download the forgotten garden. Maybe that will be my goal for August. The two of you are rarely wrong.


Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6407 comments Amy wrote: "The two of you are rarely wrong...."

Can I quote you next time my husband and I have a disagreement?


message 10: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9388 comments Without question! Tell him you heard it from an expert on marriage, too!


message 11: by Book Concierge (last edited Jul 03, 2018 06:19AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6407 comments Updated review .... (Our TV / phone / internet was out all last night from about 6p till after we went to bed at 10:30 .... so I spent time catching up on writing reviews ... Thank heavens we didn't lose power as well, so we had A/C.)


message 12: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9388 comments I just added this one is much higher on my TBR. Just made the TBR shortlist, which means I should be getting to it by January 2019.


message 13: by Joi (new) - rated it 5 stars

Joi (missjoious) | 3834 comments Amy, I also agree I think you will like this. I gave it 5 stars.
I think you'll love the historical fiction-ness with the interrelated stories.


message 14: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9388 comments It’s seriously moving up my list by the hour and with each post! Can you say August?


message 15: by Diane (new) - added it

Diane Zwang | 485 comments I still have this book on my my shelf. Someday I will get to it:)


message 16: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9388 comments Diane, it would be my fourth buddy Read if I tried to get to it with you anytime soon.


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