A captivating, atmospheric and compulsively readable story of the past, ghosts, family and memories from bestselling author Kate Morton.
Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace Rutherford - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early 20th century - as well as a cliff-top cottage on the other side of the world, Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell, on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
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Blossoms into a Nice Listen
What you would expect, or at least hope for, of an English saga; a story that unfolds as a young women looks over her dying grandmother, once a lost and alone little girl standing on a dock with nothing but a white suitcase that holds the clue to who she is, her legacy, and her story...... Interspresed with fairytales from the "authoress", that tell the soulful parts of this poignant story. The alterating narrative voices need to be followed carefully or you will be lost in the centuries, and some characters and their involvement are a little lacking, (the perversion of the uncle-or is it perversion?) but overall an entertaining and rich story. I don't understand any criticism of the narrator's voice; the English accent is articulate and effective, adding to the overall feel of the story.
The Forgotten Garden
Unlike previous reviewer, I thought the accent of the reader was delightful. The book is captivating, quickly involving you in the story that is spun around the lives of three generations of women and their shared family secret. At first it was a little disconcerting and hard to follow when the time frame switches between the stories that are interwoven of the three women. Once I got used to this though it made it easier to follow and made the book even more charming. Thoroughly enjoyed this author and would like to read more by her.
I just completed this audio book and found it to be utterly charming. It has a little of Austen, Dickens, and Frances Burnett. A mystery it certainly is but not too difficult to unravel half way through the book. It is sad, yet fulfilling and the author fills in the mysteries to complete a wonderfully threaded story. People who do not enjoy books within books or back and forth in story lines will find it daunting. For me, it was a perfect jewel and the narration top notch.