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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery. The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric and compulsively readable story of the past, secrets, family and memory from the international best-selling author Kate Morton. 

Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. 

Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century - Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.


Hey! Here's my review.

I keep saying I don't like historical fiction, yet I keep reading them and actually enjoying them. I picked this up as an audiobook from Borrowbox connected to my local library, narrated by Caroline Lee. This is the first book I've read by Kate Morton.

The narration was fantastic. The book is set between Australia and the UK. There are several storylines spanning generations, mixed in with a few fairy tales. It reads like a family saga, digging up all the skeletons in the closet.

I enjoyed this and found myself more drawn to the modern day storyline, though I did like them all. I plan to read more by Kate Morton sometime.
 
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