How many family mysteries have genealogists been stumped by?
Those infernal brick walls in the hunt to fill out the family tree, the ever-silent ancestors sneaking looks from their photos but saying not a word, not a clue as to what really happened back in their day.
And so it goes in The Forgotten Garden; what could be a mundane family tree mystery is a well-told tale from several view points through the years.
The story is well written, based in both Queensland, Australia and Cornwall, UK, transporting the reader to both countries effortlessly while traversing the different eras in both lands, as well as the differing social levels.
A child is left on a ship to sail to the other side of the world on her own with no one claiming her as missing, only a book of fairy tales to give a hint as to who she may have once been.
Kate Morton obviously enjoys her work as this was an easily devoured book, making me stay up til late and reading all day.
There were a couple of too-easily found clues for the characters but that did nothing to detract from the story, and the author has cleverly worked the real Frances Hodgson Burnett , author of The Secret Garden, into the tale.
I'm hoping to get a decent night's sleep tonight before I start her other novel The Shifting Fog: The House at Riverton, tomorrow.