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A Haunting Book - Livin' the Good Life

Feb. 16th, 2011

09:48 am - A Haunting Book

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If you like mysteries AND reading about generations of families, I highly recommend the book THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN, by Kate Morton. It is a "can't put it down" read, and I was glued to the book for days. It is the style of writing that seems to be popular these days where the author keeps jumping back and forth between time periods, so it kept this reader on her toes! The settings are Australia and England. The time periods are 1900, 1975, and 2005, bridging three lifetimes of family secrets. After I finished the book, I thought about it for days. I had really come to care about the characters, and they haunted me. I love it when an author can bring to life different time periods and help the reader understand and RELATE to the culture of the time. I felt like I really lived in 1900, for example, and I've always felt like people in those days were not REAL. The pictures I see and the way they lived is hard for me to identify with. (Is it because the pics are in black and white and the people are so stiff and unsmiling, and their clothes look like they are intolerably stifling and restricting?)
I'm not going to say anything more about the book. I don't want to spoil it for you. But, please, if you get it, DON'T read the review on the back of the book. I didn't read it until I'd finished the book, and I was glad. I think it gives away too much. It's much more delicious to be thoroughly confused and intrigued by the mystery as it unfolds.


Date:February 18th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
I read today several reviews about this book on Amazon. Those time periods are all meaningful to me. 1900 my grandparents were toddlers. 1975 I was a newlywed, and 2005 was yesterday. I would especially enjoy getting to know 1900 better. I agree, that time period seems so unreal. I wish I would have listened more when my grandma talked about her childhood. I wish she had kept a blog! :)

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Date:March 1st, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm just about finished with the book I've been reading, a novel playing in 18th century Russia, and went to the Vancouver library catalog to see in which branch I can pick up this book. There are 17 copies and all of them are out or being held. So I went in the hold-line and, surprise, am #65! I guess you are not the only one who liked it. I sure look forward reading it soon. Thanks for the tip.
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