The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton was a favorite with our book club. Many commented it was hard to put the book down. We enjoyed the intertwining of the three different generations of women together -a helpful note in reading this book is to pay attention to the date at the beginning of each chapter, as it helps you to know who and which generation you will be reading about.
A few tidbits from our discussion:
- Nell was admired for her sacrifice in putting her search for her past aside in order to create a stable home for her grand daughter Cassandra, because Nell knew what it felt like to be abandoned.
- It was hard to understand how people like Adeline can be so motivated and driven by what other people might think, we discussed the deception that she was trying to live and how that made her more hard hearted and unrelenting.
- Linus was viewed as strange in his obsessive clinging to Georgiana's memory, and refusal to connect with his own daughter - but it was discussed that his sister was the only one who had showed him love and acceptance, as he was growing up in a family who was obsessed with perfection and appearances and he was rejected because of his disability.
- We also enjoyed how Kate Morton wove in Eliza's fairy tales into the story as well.
from Kate Morton's website: http://www.katemorton.com/the-forgotten-garden/
The Forgotten Garden
A lost child...
is found abandoned on a ship to Australia.
A mysterious woman called the Authoress
had promised to look after her -
but the Authoress has disappeared without