Here's what the author says about The Forgotten Garden:
A lost child...
On the eve of the first world war, a little girl
is found abandoned on a ship to Australia.
A mysterious woman called the Authoress
had promised to look after her -
but the Authoress has disappeared without
A terrible secret...
On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell O'Connor learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.
A mysterious inheritance...
On Nell's death, her grand-daughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.
I did not have high expectations for this book. I sounded interesting but not hugely so. I bought it because it was on sale and it had good reviews. I was pleasantly surprised!
This boook is totally engrossing and the narrator, Caroline Lee, was outstanding. The book moves through 3 time periods and tells the stories of Eliza, Nell and Cassandra concurrently. At first I thought that switching back and forth between the 3 stories woul;d be annoying but it's not. It's integral to the tale. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.