"The Forgotton Garden" - Kate Morton
Initial Response: A vivid mystery full of fairytales and secrets.
First Sentence: "It was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she'd been told." - Kate Morton
From the Reader: I love book shops and I adore traveling so, shopping in an airport bookshop is a win win! When I see a book title I have already finished it takes me back to when and where I read that book. The books I read on my travels become my "travel buddies" and can even set the tone during my travel adventures. This year I traveled to California and Hawaii, before the trip several sad things happened in my life which may have swayed me to pick this book. It is not a happy tale, but beautifully written and expertly placed into several locations. There is a dark mysterious mood that swept me away, traveling to Australia, London, and especially fairytales of old.
Best With: This novel consists of 2 story lines, which tangle themselves together. Enjoy this book with a dark tea or a red wine, either will leave you satisfied!
Recommend to: Grandmothers, quiet travelers, thoughtful introverts, story lovers, mothers, true readers that can handle a book with many many many pages.
Ideal reading spot: I was lucky enough to read this by a pool in California, but if given the option I would choose a sunny day under a tree. Or a rainy day by a window.
Category: Chances of Rain: full of family, love, encouragement and hope this story takes you on many emotional journeys.
On the Pages: A young girl abandoned in a port in Australia in 1913, an abandoned shack gifted to a lonely widow in 2005 and an old book of fairy-tales. All three of these stories combine to tell one fine tale of family and circumstances.
Finale: This book makes me reflect. What circumstances in life had to happen for me to land in Minneapolis Minnesota? What stories of my families past do I not know? Most importantly, what sacrifices were made to give me the life I have? As always, this book teaches to be kind, do not assume, and family is not always blood.
With Love: Holland, a very busy bee