The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

A Novel

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9781416550549
Characteristics: 552 p. : maps ; 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 06, 2018

A tiny girl is on a ship that docks in Australia. She is alone, and doesn't know her name or why she left England.

Jan 18, 2018

A beautifully written novel combining a mix of history, mystery and fairy-tale.

Nov 23, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Kate Morton. Found it so mesmerizing and could not put it down. The characters quite literally come alive and follow their own pathway. I could read it again and it reminded me of my growing up years when I enjoyed Little Women so very much. I would highly recommend it.

AL_NANCY May 17, 2017

Loved this book. My book club voted this book to be one of their favorites.

Apr 23, 2017

Beautifully written. I loved this book.

athompson10 Feb 27, 2017

Fun, sudsy-soapy family mystery. Elements of classic 'romance' novels abound: the Big Stately Home owned by the Monied Family with Secrets, the troubled daughter(s) of the house, the might-be-a-bad-guy son of the house, the beautiful orphan, mysterious pregnancies and births, close-mouthed villagers. The book jumps around, a bit too often for me, between the late 1800s and early 1900s, the mid-1970s and the early 2000s. It's an enjoyable light read. I did have the Big Mystery figured out about halfway through and it was not totally plausible that Cassandra didn't cop on as well.

Jan 18, 2017

Loved this book!

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

Morton sure does weave an intricate tale with steady slow drips of clues and misdirection. I didn't fall for the misdirection in this one though and had it sorted sooner than I did her other books.

Nov 10, 2016

Another great book by Kate Morton. A little girl is left alone on board a ship bound for Australia. She is taken into the home of the dock worker in Australia and brought up as his daughter. Doesnt find out the truth until she is 18. This story goes back and forth between 3 generations and we eventually find out the mystery of who she is. Loved it.

May 06, 2016

27/05 - I think Nell was a bit of an ungrateful fool to pull away from her sisters and father and fiancee (I understand that even less) just because she found out she was "adopted". That doesn't mean that anyone loved her any less, in fact you might say that her parents loved her more as they chose to keep her (not quite the same as giving birth to a baby, you have to love it as that's your baby, you don't get to pick and choose and say "no I don't like that one, send it back") - her father could have handed her over to whoever wrote the letter looking for her. Her sisters knew her better and for longer than they would have known each other, especially the oldest as Nell would have been the only other sibling she had for a few years. So while I am really enjoying the writing and the other 95% of the story so far, that withdrawal from the people who loved her does bug me. To be continued...

1/06 - Still loving this. The intrigue of the mystery has overshadowed my irritation at Nell's earlier behaviour. Until coming back to this review to update it I had almost forgotten that that was how the story began. All Morton's books are atmospheric and I feel like I'm actually there and I can totally see the locations, but this particular location seems to call to me more than her others. I want to live at that cottage. I've always been a loner and an isolated cottage at the top of a steep hill sounds like a good place to hide away with a book and a crackling fire, or in the garden if it's not too cold or wet. No more door-to-door energy salesman, no more red cross volunteers and no more noisy or nosy neighbours peeking over your fence or through your windows. It sounds like the perfect place to become the neighbourhood 'crazy cat lady', except I'd have lots of dogs instead of cats.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Jul 23, 2011

marishkajuko thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


Add a Summary

Ashlee_M May 22, 2017

I can easily say that The Forgotten Garden is in my top 5 favourite books of all time! I loved the fairytale tie in the the family mystery and saga that has fallen over generations of the family! A must read author!


Add a Quote

heatsmith Aug 10, 2017

“A girl expecting rescue never learns to save herself. Even with the means, she will find her courage wanting.”


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at KCLibrary

To Top