The Forgotten Garden: Kate Morton

When I got to the last page of this book and read the last word, I just sat there.

What a gripping story and oh my how tragically depressing. But it wasn’t tragic in a terrible don’t want to read it kind of way, but in a tragic you wanted so bad for the ending to change kind of way, but alas no. From the first few pages you are told the ending, you just didn’t know why the ending was what it was. It was a very well crafted and well written mystery that slowly unfolds.

This was not a short read, 560 pages, but I enjoyed it.
It spun throughout the book 3 time periods and 3 different (yet the same) stories.
Each were gripping in their own way, but by far Eliza and Nell’s stories were the most intense.

The only thing I didn’t like was the ‘present day’ storyline of Cassandra was a bit boring in comparison to Eliza and Nell’s stories. I found myself skimming Cassandra’s story (but of course feeling for her in her own tragic life).

Anyways, totally recommend this book and will give it 4 stars.

Summary:
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.

Book Recommendation: Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers really changed my life.

That sounds trite, I understand, but she did.

Before I read her, I loved to read and to write, but I never understood the power of words. However, when I read Redeeming Love I realized the power of the written word. How a book can sneak down to your core and heal parts of you that you never knew were broken.

After reading Redeeming Love, I ravaged the rest of the books that she had written and loved every single one of them. But then I was sad because for 7 years, she has not written a full length novel. SEVEN YEARS!

But the wait is over with this incredible story about a mother and daughter’s love spanned through time and generations.
It’s one of those stories that as you see it unfolding, as you understand the hurt and the reasons behind actions you want to cry for Marta, but you know Hildie does not understand. Yet the hurt continues and lays deeper layers of hurt. Ahh! You just want to hug both of them and send them to counseling and let them lay it all out there so that they can both have the relationship they are craving.

As I got towards the end of the book, I realized that there is no way that this story was going to be able to end. And sure enough, when I “virtually” flipped the last page (on my Kindle), I saw that the second part to this Duet will be released later this year.

I’m not going to spoil this story, but it’s a great book. An even greater book to use as a book club piece as it already has the questions in the back.
Go get it right now and read it.

5 out of 5 stars, recommend.

The Road- Cormac McCarthy

Great book!

Totally enjoyed it.

Very cryptic in the fact that it doesn’t really explain itself very well, but I feel like that is part of why you keep reading.

I even cried at the end. sniff.

5 stars and definitely recommend it!

Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

So my lovely friend Nikki mailed me this book all the way from Dallas to Brussels after hearing me complain that they didn’t have a Kindle version available.

They just made a movie about this book and so before the movie came out, I wanted to read the book.

You know, so I could get irritated at how much better the book was than the movie.

I liked it.

I mean, it’s dark. Don’t get me wrong. But I enjoyed the book.

I’m going to go ahead and give it 4 stars and say I would recommend it.