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The Forgotten Garden Review

The Forgotten GardenThe Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As an admittedly impatient reader, I almost gave up on this book early on. The multiple (and to my mind, excessive) POV characters created a winding and difficult path in the beginning. It was very hard to get to know any of the characters and decide who we should care about. Needless to say, I am so relieved I stuck with it, as The Forgotten Garden is an absolute masterpiece as a mystery, a character study, and an advertisement for the coast of Cornwall. Kate Morton's way of weaving together three stories across three different generations was masterful and kept me guessing all the way to the end. Every time I thought I had it figured out—why Nell was left alone on the boat, why Eliza had taken her, why Georgiana had fled in the first place—I was wrong. Like Liane Moriarty, another Australian author, Kate Morton really puts you into the skin of these characters. Whether you like them or not, you completely understand who they are and why they behave as they do. It was a long read, but had a very satisfying payoff. I will certainly be reading more of this author.

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