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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Book review...

I just finished this book a few days ago and had to recommend it.
The story dashes back and forth between past and present, between Australia,
London and the coast of Cornwall.
I love family history, so this was right up my alley.
Three women searching for their roots and truth.
The writer's style sits you down in the middle of dirty, grey old London.
You imagine the heat on your face in Australia and then you
feel the long flowing summer dresses, swishing through the manor 
and gardens in Cornwall.
A page turning mystery that will keep you up wondering "what's next?".
The review from Amazon says...
Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden takes root in your imagination and grows into something enchanting--from a little girl with no memories left alone on a ship to Australia, to a fog-soaked London river bend where orphans comfort themselves with stories of Jack the Ripper, to a Cornish sea heaving against wind-whipped cliffs, crowned by an airless manor house where an overgrown hedge maze ends in the walled garden of a cottage left to rot. This hidden bit of earth revives barren hearts, while the mysterious Authoress's fairy tales (every bit as magical and sinister as Grimm's) whisper truths and ignite the imaginary lives of children. As Morton draws you through a thicket of secrets that spans generations, her story could cross into fairy tale territory if her characters weren't clothed in such complex flesh, their judgment blurred by the heady stench of emotions (envy, lust, pride, love) that furtively flourished in the glasshouse of Edwardian society. While most ache for a spotless mind's eternal sunshine, the Authoress meets the past as "a cruel mistress with whom we must all learn to dance," and her stories gift children with this vital muscle memory.
--Mari Malcolm --

1 comment:

the wild magnolia said...

This looks like a "must read" for me.

Thank you for sharing.