Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Book Review: The Forgotten Garden

Better than candy. I am a confirmed bibliophile and can burn through a stack of books in a week. I did last week, in fact. I got lost in Powell's Books, then came out with a pile of used books; don't know how it happened. Then in the hotel room after the kids went to bed I read and read and read. Then the next day my eyes rebelled and I couldn't see much. Typical.

Anyway, before I left my sister lent me a copy of Kate Norton's The Forgotten Garden. I read it in a couple of days, enjoying it like a fine wine. It's been a while since a book has sucked me in like this one.

Here's the official blurb, which gives plenty of info. More and I'd reveal too much.

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales.

I recommended this to a friend who also loved it and passed it on. I'd call this a "hot chocolate read" meaning it would be best enjoyed in the evening in front of a blazing fire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows at your elbow. A fine read.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good! Thanks for the recommendation. I have two series I'm reading simultaneously at the moment, but will add this to my list for sure.