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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

natis's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious sad fast-paced

5.0

mjsteimle's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 stars. I can't help but compare this book to The Secret Keeper, which is the only other Kate Morton book I've read. I liked that this book was told from the point of view of many different characters, all of whom were trying to cover up secrets. The plot of this book was, in a way, a bit more complex than that of The Secret Keeper. I was able to put two and two together about 100 pages from the end of this book. Unlike the big reveal in The Secret Keeper, the plot twist did not improve the story; in fact, it was really, really strange. Still, a captivating read.

zemasters's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character

4.5

katherinehamilton's review against another edition

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

5.0

ashleynsheard's review against another edition

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5.0

Not having read an Australian author before, it didn't take me long to fall in love with this book. It came as a recommendation from a family member and she didn't steer me wrong!! I can't wait to read her other books!!

charmingberry's review against another edition

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mysterious sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

I love the fairy tales written within the book.  If I was to re-read this book again, those relationships between the characters and fairy tales is where I would focus.  Unfortunately, the mystery isn’t a strong enough pull for me here.

erinmitchell's review against another edition

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4.0

A few years ago I read Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter. It was the book that sparked a flame in my heart and brought me back to my childhood love of reading novels. I’ve been an avid novel-reader ever since.

How fitting that the next Kate Morton book I read is a book centered on the magic of stories.

A book of fairy tales, a mystery to be solved, healing to be found, a hint of romance, and a beautiful, secret, long-forgotten garden. I loved everything about this story. 4.5 ⭐️ rounded down only because of the extended time it took me to get through it - I feel like part of Cassandra’s story could have been shortened. And the constant leaps through time made it difficult to follow and keep the characters straight - I had to make my own character map to make sure I was not mixing things up. Overall though, the story swept me away to another world, and I loved the journey.

emflibrarian's review against another edition

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4.0

A slow start but once they establishedthe characters and the backgrounds of those characters, it was such a page turner! A great read!!!! Recommend it to everyone.

joni_n's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced

4.25

theheartbrekker1's review against another edition

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

4.0