"You make a life out of what you have: not what you're missing.”
from The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
"The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton is an elegant Victorian, Gothic sort of story with mysteries, secrets, forbidding estates, abandoned children and even a few pirates, spread over 3 generations and two continents. Fascinating!
I really LOVED this big, long book that moved right along at the speed and intensity of an old time roller coaster. It's not the easiest plot to keep track of due to multiple families and time periods, but the charm and resiliency of the characters and the suspense surrounding their circumstances are mesmerizing. I think I read about the last 250 pages in one afternoon and long evening.
Beginning with a tiny girl abandoned on a ship, a mysterious English estate and "The Authoress," writer of imaginative fairy tales, this book is a fast paced read that keeps it's early promise as it twists the stories of three women into a tapestry of entertaining and beautiful prose. As soon as one mystery is solved another is begun, weaving a tales of betrayal, loss and love, in this tale reminiscent of Dickens, Bronte and maybe even a bit of Agatha Christie.
If you enjoy a suspenseful, complicated, involving story, filled with unusual people and places, this book will entertain, delight and ultimately satisfy your taste for a genteel armchair adventure, plus at over 500 pages, it delivers a nice, long read!