Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back and post about some of the great reads from a few years ago. I decided to join in because sharing book recommendations is one of my most favorite things to do!

My pick for Thursday, July 27, 2017

“The forgotten garden” by Kate Morton

The experience of reading is vastly different for an adolescent as opposed to an adult. For one thing an adult is interrupted more. The interruptions may be from spouses or children demanding your attention, or, they might just be your own stresses and worries encroaching on your thoughts…. Whatever, the reading experience of the adolescent is somehow undiluted. When I was a teenager I would read voraciously and completely. I was IN the book for the duration only to emerge when the last page was consumed.

I recently once again had that type of reading experience with Kate Morton‘s “The forgotten garden”. An historical novel with gothic overtones, it is also a family saga which spans a century. Complete with a family secret, a mysterious disappearance, an unexpected inheritance, fairy tales, and a brooding English mansion perched on the cliffs of Cornwall, it was everything I used to love in a novel.

The novel opens with a small girl put on a ship to Australia by a person known to the reader as “the authoress”. This tiny girl makes the vast journey alone, only to be claimed by the harbour master to be brought up as his own child. He names her ‘Nell’. After a happy childhood with this family, she is told her true story by her ‘father’ at her coming-of-age party. This life changing revelation is what spurs her to try to discover who her birth family is and why she ended up where she did. She embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the wealthy Mountrachet family.

On Nell’s death, her grand-daughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden. The inheritance leads her to discover secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairy tales. Here Cassandra finally uncovers the truth about the family, and solves the century-old mystery of a little girl lost…

Anyone who was ever a fan of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The secret garden” (who by the way is mentioned in the novel), Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre”, or Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” is certain to love the writing of Kate Morton. I am not saying that her writing is literary genius, only that she transports the reader to her world seemingly effortlessly. For anyone who wants their fiction to provide an escape, I highly recommend “The forgotten garden“.

from the author’s website:

Kate Morton was born in a tiny town in South Australia and moved with her family many times before they settled finally on Tamborine Mountain. There she attended a small country school and spent much of her childhood inventing and playing games of make-believe with her two sisters.

Kate fell avidly in love with books very early. Her favourites were those by Enid Blyton, and she escaped many times up The Faraway Tree or with the Famous Five into Smugglers Cove. It was a love deeply felt, for it is still mysteries and secrets that dance around the edges of Kate’s mind, keeping her awake deep into the night, turning or typing pages.

After an ill-fated attempt to Do Something Sensible and obtain an Arts/Law degree, Kate went on to complete a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and studied for and earned a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. For some time Kate believed her future lay in theatre, and she continued to act in community productions while completing her Honours and Masters degrees in English Literature. She still finds the lure of the theatre almost irresistible.

Kate’s books are published in 42 countries and in 34 languages. She currently lives in London with her family and continues to write the sorts of books she can disappear inside.


More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Renee at Its Book Talk

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Nicki at Secret Library

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction

Cathy at Between the Lines

P Turners at The PTurnersbookblog

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Danielle at Books,Vertigo and Tea

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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39 Responses to Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

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  3. Annie says:

    ❤ ❤ ❤ One of my favorite books ever.

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  4. I love the sound of this book (I think it’s called something different in the UK?) – I’ve never read a Kate Morton but I’m going to now… 😀

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    • Fictionophile says:

      I don’t think it had a different title in the UK, but it had a very different cover. Hope you enjoy Kate Morton’s work.


  5. I totally agree with you that it is harder to get that completely immersed feeling as an adult and I also loved all Kate Morton’s books, including The Forgotten Garden!

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  8. Stephanie says:

    I so need to read Kate Morton since I love gothic novels, historical fiction and have only heard wonderful things about her books! I have so many of her books on my bookshelf and Kindle but just haven’t read them! This one looks wonderful!! Oh, and here is the updated link for my TBT for this week (; the link you pingbacked to my blog earlier today is for a June TBT post. 🙂

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  9. skyecaitlin says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Lynne; this has been on my TBR list, but I just added other books by this author.

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Great Skye. I’ve only read two of her books so far, but I’ve enjoyed them both. The other one I read was “The Lake House”.


      • skyecaitlin says:

        I have two of her books in my B and N cart. How was the “The Lake House?” BTW, I am very familiar with Jill, just discovered her blog: thanks!

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  10. Like you, I’m a sucker for anything set in a garden and I remember enjoying this (although I haven’t enjoyed all Kate Morton’s books). But one of my all time favourites is The Secret Garden, beautiful book.


    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks for your comment Cathy. I’ve only read two Kate Morton titles, this one and “The Lake House” both of which I enjoyed. As a child “The secret garden” was one of my very favorite books.

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      • Funnily enough I never read The Secret Garden as a child but only read it a few years ago. I realised what an enchanting book I’d missed out on. I haven’t read The Lake House but I’ve read The Secret Keeper which was good. The House at Riverton I liked less and I have a copy of The Distant Hours which I started a few years back but couldn’t get into so put aside…I may go back to it (some day, eh?)

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  12. I have this one, but haven’t read it yet 😦

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  13. anniedaylon2013 says:

    Love this throwback idea. I went through your blog list and tweeted reviews of books that I have enjoyed.
    As for Kate Morton… I’ve read all of her writing. My favorite is “The House at Riverton” in which I instantly recognized the Gothic influence of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca.”
    Great post, as always. 🙂

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks for your continuing support Annie. I still haven’t read “The house at Riverton” though it has been on my shelf for quite some time. If only I had more time to read…

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      • anniedaylon2013 says:

        Just went to my Feedly list and added the above Throwback bloggers. I check that list every morning: it’s my main source for reading/writing tweets.
        Just noticed you have a mega list of bloggers on this site. If only I had more time to check them all out! Another day….

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  14. This is what I love about TBT…seeing everyone post their old favs reminds me of what I still need to read!! So, thanks for reminding me that I need to read Kate Morton!! I haven’t read any of her books and I love that you said you think they provide such a good fictional escape. I’m heading to my library website now to see if this is available:)

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks for allowing me to join in with your “Throwback Thursday” posts Renee. I hope you enjoy Kate Morton. “The Lake House” was another of my favorites of hers.

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  15. carhicks says:

    I have had this on my bookshelf (actual book) for awhile, but have not gotten to it. I was supposed to read it as a monthly read for one of my groups in June, but again, did not get to it. I am now taking it off my shelf and putting it on the bedside table. That way I will get to it. Nice review.

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  16. Still have this one on my shelf. I need to revisit her writing now that I am not reading it for school. I can enjoy it more.

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  17. I have not read this. But I will!!

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  18. I just finished The Essex Serpent and I was looking for books with the same kind of Gothic feel! It is like you read my mind! Thanks! 😊

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  19. I remember enjoying this one.

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