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El jardín olvidado, by Kate Morton

auntblh's review against another edition

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4.0

I liked the story and the reader was good. There was a lot of jumping between time periods which sometimes could get confusing but overall it was very good and I would read/listen to something else by this author.

ornery_librarian's review against another edition

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2.0

It wasn't really a "mystery" you can figure things out early on and then the characters figure it out. I was waiting for a shocking moment, Eliza getting pregnant on her own, Eliza and the painter continuing after the agreement, something...Also the way that Rose and the painter (I can't even remember his name) died in the train was so revealed so strangely, we didn't really know that they were going away so it didn't really have impact. Also I felt the story suffered by having two women figure out the mystery, and then also have the flashbacks. We have information repeated back to us as if it's a big reveal, but we were already told earlier. I do wish that Cassandra had found out that the painter was Nell's father, instead she thinks it's a random villager.

hillarya's review against another edition

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4.0

I loved the mystery in this. It took me a while to finish it only because of my circumstance. I never really wanted to put it down. I was always anxious to see where the next twist and turn was going to lead!

ladyhighwayman's review against another edition

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5.0

Kate Morton's novels make me want to write. They inspire me. Hers are the kinds of stories I want to be telling. Rich plots with mysteries and secrets.

As I started The Forgotten Garden, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. A little before halfway through, I had to force myself to stop reading in order to go to bed every night. The way the chapters were separated into views of three different women from three different generations kept the story moving instead of stifling it.

The mysteries unfolded in the last fourth of the book. And they unfolded slowly, not overwhelming you, but just at the right pace for you to digest them and you'd say, "Oh!"

I can't wait to devour Morton's next book. It can't come soon enough.

tiahna1's review against another edition

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4.0

Had me guessing and re-guessing until the end!

redone15's review against another edition

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4.0

This was my first time reading Kate Morton, although many friends have recommended her to me over the years. I have to say that, based on this book, I have been missing out. The book was well written, with just the right amount of twists and turns. I found it difficult to put it down. I loved how she layered the characters and twined each of their pasts, presents, and futures. It was a fabulous read!

jjoannacanread's review against another edition

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hopeful mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

anikaas's review against another edition

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4.0

4.4 stars

A story, over time, unwinding a family secret and discovering who someone was. I figured out the answers a bit early but it didn’t make the unraveling less anxious and rewarding. It was all rather sad to me though, even with secrets unburied and answers found, people were left searching and alone their whole lives. Which made me sad for them but I loved the fairy tales woven in.

lindseygiardino's review against another edition

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5.0

Kate Morton is the best storyteller

mturney1010's review against another edition

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5.0

I have to say this is one of the BEST books I've ever read. I loved loved loved it. It took me a bit of time to read it however, because I had a hard time switching from one character's point of view to the others...I'd get so into the story of one person and then it would switch. It was wonderful though and I feel inclined to write to the author and express my love for this book.