Saturday, February 5, 2011

just finished reading...

...the Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. At first, I wasn't sure about reading this thick 560 page book, but once I started reading I was intrigued by the mystery in the book.

Here's a summary from Booklist: "In 1913, a little girl arrives in Brisbane, Australia, and is taken in by a dockmaster and his wife. She doesn’t know her name, and the only clue to her identity is a book of fairy tales tucked inside a white suitcase. When the girl, called Nell, grows up, she starts to piece together bits of her story, but just as she’s on the verge of going to England to trace the mystery to its source, her grandaughter, Cassandra, is left in her care. When Nell dies, Cassandra finds herself the owner of a cottage in Cornwall, and makes the journey to England to finally solve the puzzle of Nell’s origins. Shifting back and forth over a span of nearly 100 years, this is a sprawling, old-fashioned novel, as well-cushioned as a Victorian country house, replete with family secrets, stories-within-stories, even a maze and a Dickensian rag-and-bone shop. All the pieces don’t quite mesh, but it’s a satisfying read overall, just the thing for readers who like multigenerational sagas with a touch of mystery. --Mary Ellen Quinn"

I'd give this 4 out of 5 stars. The characters were well developed and the story kept me guessing on how everything pieced together until near the end. Another favorite thing about the book was that things were resolved in the end and I wasn't left with unanswered questions.

What are you currently reading?


  1. This book is next on my to read list! I went to Josh's soccer practice yesterday intending to drop him off and run errands for the intervening hour. Instead, I opened out our Feb. book group book "Garlic and Sapphires" by Ruth Reichl. The undercover life of the New York Times food critic. An hour later, I hadn't even left the car! It's a fun read and she includes recipes that I bet you would think divine.

  2. I'm actually reading something that isn't sci fi! It's called the Happiness Project, I've read the first chapter and like it quite a bit so far. It's about a woman who realizes that she needs to stop and really appreciate the things around her, she makes it a project for a year, it's called the Happiness Project. REading it for book group!

  3. Wow! This sounds REALLY good! I am glad you liked it!! I am actually reading the fable book from the Harry Potter series (it was an add on book)! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. just finished the girl who kicked the hornet's nest (and the 2 previous books in the series.) have to check out your suggestion, sounds great.



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