April 2009 Indie Next List
“The Forgotten Garden slides back and forth through time, telling the secrets of women, English and Australian, and their link to a wondrous garden on a Cornish estate. Relax and enjoy -- this is a marvelous read.”
— Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA
November 2010 Indie Next List
“This novel of abandonment and identity beautifully echoes Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic, The Secret Garden. The gothic twists and turns of the plot will keep readers guessing to the end. A very rich, complex, and satisfying read!”
— Lisa Wright, Oblong Books And Music,LLC., Millerton, NY
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 fi nd 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 fi lled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its spellbinding plot to astounding effect.
Morton's novels are #1 bestsellers in England and Australia and are published in more than twenty languages. Her fi rst novel, The House at Riverton, was a New York Times bestseller.