A Haunting Book - Livin' the Good Life
Feb. 16th, 2011
09:48 am - A Haunting Book
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.