A moving and powerful mystery, The Forgotten Garden is the bestselling second novel from author of The House at Riverton, Kate Morton.
On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her. But the Authoress has vanished without a trace.
Now an old lady, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to Cornwall, and to a beautiful estate called Blackhurst Manor, which had been owned by the Mountrachet family. What has prompted Nell's journey after all these years?
On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into a surprise inheritance. Cliff Cottage, in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, is notorious amongst the locals for the secrets it holds - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is at Cliff Cottage, abandoned for years, and in its forgotten garden, that Cassandra will uncover the truth about the family and why the young Nell was abandoned all those decades before.
'A beautifully written and satisfying novel.' -- Daily Express
'A haunting story of the search for identity...is packed with memorable characters and evocative settings. ' -- Choice Magazine
'Chunky, well-written tale...' -- Dorset Echo
'The Forgotten Garden simmers with secrets and strangeness.' -- Good Housekeeping
'The Forgotten Garden weaves its powerful spell slowly and beautifully.' -- Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'The story is full of twists and turns that kept hold of me all the way through.' -- Evening Gazette
'What a fantastic second novel this is. I would be surprised if it wasn't another award-winner.' -- South Wales Argus
`A fantastic second novel.' -- Cornwall Today
`Perfect for a long afternoon in a deck chair' -- Gloss Magazine
`great holiday reading...an unusual book but one that keeps the reader guessing until the truth is unravelled at the end.' -- Nuneaton Telegraph