The Forgotten Garden

I LOVED The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. From almost the first few pages I was pulled into unraveling the mystery of Nell's origins. After reading through Harry Potter it was nice to be back in England as Cassandra searched for the final clues after Nell revealed her secret only once she was gone.

From the back cover:
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 dock master and his wife and raised as their own. One her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace 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.
It felt a little as if Kate Morton pulled out the mystery a chapter longer than needed (or at least I had figured out what had happened by then) there was still a great satisfaction in being alongside Cassandra as she figured out her true heritage.
The only thing is, I wish the would have made one other connection, but I don't know that was ever actually a connection, I just thought it would have been a lovely coincidental bow on the top of an already spectacular book.

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