Have you ever read a book and thought how can I review that? How can I show just how powerful and wise the words were? What way could I portray that slow tantalising reveal of long forgotten family secrets. How could I do it justice? That was my dilemma on finishing The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. So I’m skipping the review and letting Kate’s own words do all the hard graft for me!
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Published by Allen & Unwin on 1st June 2008
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, Suspense
A mysterious, beautiful Victorian authoress, dark fairytales and a century-old literary mystery feature in another beautiful and compulsively readable romance/mystery from Kate Morton, author of the bestselling The Shifting Fog.
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 hersel
5 Inspirational Quotes – The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton:
1. Be Grateful for what you have
“You make a life out of what you have, not what you’re missing.”
I live this everyday of my life. Or as my mother might say, ‘count your blessings instead of your woes.’ It’s tough love but it’s honest and wise.
2. Life is not a fairy tale
“You must learn to know the difference between tales and the truth, my Liza, she would say. Fairy tales have a habit of ending too soon. They never show what happens afterwards when the prince and princess ride off the page.”
When you read too many romance books, you tend to romanticise relationships. I love these 3 lines as they prove that most people struggle with and work at maintaining their love. It doesn’t mean it can’t be great but it’s also not happy-ever-after effortlessly.
3. Stories heal
“She’s understood the power of stories. Their magical ability to refill the wounded part of people.”
Oh yes. Me too. They are my medicine and my prevention for all ills. When life is biting you in the ass, you can’t beat a great comfort read to make you feel a little better.
4. Surrender to books!
“Cassandra always hid when she read, though she never quite knew why. It was as if she couldn’t shake the guilty suspicion that she was being lazy, that surrendering herself so completely to something so enjoyable must surely be wrong. But surrender she did. Let herself drop through the rabbit hole and into a tale of magic and mystery …”
I don’t know why I do this but it’s true, I often feel guilty reading. Thinking I should clean this, or tend to that. But in fairness I’m pretty good at shutting up those voices by now, Years of practise has me adept at surrendering to books and letting them fill my world.
5. Work hard
“The happiest folk are those that are busy, for their minds are starved of time to seek out woe.”
Again, this sounds like something my mother would say. Probably while thinking I was wasting time reading! But I do find that it can be true, when you throw yourself heart and soul in to a task, it can be very restorative.
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Who should read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton?
Highly recommend to those who like English settings, family secrets and memorable characters. Fans of authors such as Monica McInerney, Maeve Binchy and Diane Chamberlain should also enjoy. It also mirrors The Secret Garden a bit and in fact the author of that book makes an appearance here so if you love that, then I’d also suggest trying The Forgotten Garden.
Talk to Trish : Can you identify with any of these quotes? Which ones?