The Forgotten Garden: A Novel (Paperback)

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This is a cozy and engrossing read for lovers of old fashioned "Bronte-esque" literature. An intricate plot, involving several generations, traces the family of a little girl who is abandoned on a boat to Australia. The thread eventually winds the story backwards and provides the answers, while we are treated to a wonderful richness of locations and characters. — Karen Frank

Dark (in a cozy way), intriguing, atmospheric - perfect for an evening home with a cup of tea. — Amelia Stymacks

Spanning over a century and told through the eyes of multiple generations, The Forgotten Garden weaves a mesmerizing tale of what it means to be a family and the secrets we keep locked away to protect those we care about. — Misha D'Andrea

The Gothic and Fairy-tale influences are very apparent in this gripping historical mystery. In 1930s England, on her 21st birthday, Nell learns that she was adopted. The revelation sets Nell (and later her granddaughter) on a generation-spanning journey to uncover her origins; from turn-of-the-century Australia to 21st Century Cornwall. This atmospheric novel is rich in intrigue, with unpredictable twists and turns that will keep you up into the wee hours as you devour each engrossing chapter. — Virginia Edinger

May 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

Winter 2011 Reading Group 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 New York Times bestselling author of Homecoming comes a novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family’s secret past.

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-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace 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. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

About the Author

Kate Morton is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, The Lake House, and The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Her books are published in thirty-eight languages and have been #1 bestsellers worldwide. Born and raised in Australia, she holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature, and now lives with her family in London and Australia. Visit her online at or on Facebook and Instagram at @KateMortonAuthor.

Praise For…

“A long, lush, perfectly escapist read.”
The Daily News (NY)
— The Daily News

“Morton whisks the reader into scene after vivid scene, sometimes frightening us, often perplexing us, and always providing us with a great deal of entertainment.”
Star Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)
— Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416550556
ISBN-10: 1416550550
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 16th, 2010
Pages: 560
Language: English