Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Forgotten Garden
I have mentioned recently that I've been in a reading funk. Everything I've read has been pretty mediocre with no real winners. The last couple books I've read were good, but I really hope this book has broken my cycle. The Forgotten Garden. It was really, really good.
I don't want to give too much information away about this story, but I'll give you the basic set-up. Nell Andrews learns on the night of her 21st birthday that she's not who she thinks she is...her father informs Nell that he found her on a ship dock when she was a small girl. At the time Nell didn't know who she was or how she got there...so they just raised her as their own.
This story is written in three different time periods... #1 the story of what actually happened before Nell was discovered on the dock, #2 the story that Nell is trying to piece together years later and #3 the story that Nell's granddaughter finishes solving because Nell died before ever finding the truth.
There were times when I became frustrated with reading in the section of #3. From the point of view in #1, everything is very fascinating and intriguing and the other two sections can drag at times. However, I loved the story. There's a good twist at the end that I didn't see coming and was glad occurred.
If you're into historical fictions, mystery, intrigue, familial betrayal, a good dose of weirdness and innocent hope, this is a good one to read! So far, both people I know who have read this loved it!