Sunday, April 14, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2013 - M

For this year’s A-Z Challenge, I have chosen to
highlight some of the authors and their books, that
we, in our book club, have either read, as a group,

separately  or have been recommended by someone
in our facebook Book Club, ‘What to read Next?’

So, 'M' is for Morton, Kate - The Forgotten Garden

From Amazon:
From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, an unforgettable new novel that transports the reader from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World War I London to the shores of colonial Australia where so many made a fresh start, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, past and present.

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.

This is a novel of outer and inner journeys and an homage to the power of storytelling. The Forgotten Garden is filled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its spellbinding plot to astounding effect.

As a group, we thoroughly loved this book, as it followed "Nell's" and Cassandra's journeys to find their roots. The twists and turns it took added to the incredible interest in the story.  Highly recommended.

If you'd like to check out or join our facebook, book club, please, select the link,   What to Read Next?

Also considered:
Morrisey, Donna - Kit's Law
Mortenson, Greg - Three Cups of Tea


  1. I loved that book, it was so interesting and thoroughly absorbing to read of "Nell" and Cassandra's journey!

    1. Glad you liked the book, Monica. It was certainly one of my favorites.

  2. I thought this book was great. I particularly enjoyed the two different generations each on a quest to find their roots.

    1. Yes, I thought it was nice that the granddaughter took up her grandmother's quest.
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  3. This book looks like an interesting read.. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. It was a very good read!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful book.
    What a great theme?


    1. Thank you. It's always tough to find a theme that might work. Thanks for visiting.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful book, on the list :)

  6. This book sounds like something I would really like to read. Great blog :)


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