“That my dear, is what makes a character interesting, their secrets.” — Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden.
I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The air of “vacation” is still in the air. I”m still delighting on left-overs and cookies. I don’t feel guilty about an extra cup of coffee in the morning, or staying in my pajamas a little while longer. Ahhhhh….. I love the “In-Between” week. (I had never called it this before, but I heard Jo Packham use the term on Facebook, and I had to steal it!) If you’re looking for the perfect book for a week such as this…. I highly recommend a personal favorite The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It’s the perfect book for snuggling up by the Christmas tree. It will have you reading into the night to see how all of the strands will come together. Happy Holidays, and Happy Reading!
The Forgotten Garden is the perfect mix of drama, mystery, family-saga, and just a touch of romance. The first World War is looming, and a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. All she carries with her is a suitcase and a book of fairy tales. Jump a generation and a continent, and meet Cassandra, a woman who has suffered terrible tragedy in her life and more recently the loss of her beloved grandmother, Nell. When Cassandra sets off to fulfill Nell’s dying request, she learns that her family history is more complex than she ever knew and that to unwrap all of the secrets, she will have to open up more than she ever thought she could.