The Forgotten Garden.

I finished The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton over the holidays & it was absolutely wonderful! It’s a story about a lost child, a terrible secret & a mysterious inheritance.

the forgotten garden

It keeps you guessing & really makes you think about your ancestry – why it’s important for your present self, your future self & your own family’s future as well. It incorporates the magic of fairytales without being cheesy.

I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn’t reading & missed them when it was over.

The walled garden, locked and abandoned for 100 years, is the focal point of the book – it’s filled with secrets waiting to be uncovered.

It’s hard to make your imagination come to life but this is similar to what I imagine the garden to look like…

cottage garden

walled garden

A few of my favorite quotes:

“A girl expecting rescue never learns to save herself. Even with the means, she will find her courage wanting.”

“Memory is a cruel mistress with whom we all must learn to dance.”

“…She’s understood the power of stories. Their magical ability to refill the wounded part of people.”

“You make a life out of what you have, not what you’re missing.”




  1. I have read that as well… and immediately went and read The Distant Hours…also another magical book. Highly recommended!


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