Nell has no idea who she is. The young woman was raised in an Australian harbor town, the daughter of the dockmaster and his wife. But on her twenty-first birthday, her father shares news that will change her life. It turns out that Nell is not her father's daughter. In fact, her father doesn't even know who she is. In 1913, when she was a small girl of only four, he found her on a wharf, abandoned and unable even to remember her own name.
Once the news has been broken to her, Nell is devastated, but unable to do anything. That is, at least, until the death of her father in 1975. After his passing, Nell receives the only remaining clues to her true identity, among them a book of fairytales. Once she receives them, a cascade of memories comes flowing quickly back to Nell. She does not know what they all mean, but she knows that the answers to her questions are to be found in England.
As Nell works to connect the dots to her past, she learns that the author of her fairytale book may have some information for her. But just as she is drawing near the end of her journey, an unexpected obstacle blocks the path. And so begins the story of The Forgotten Garden, a century-long tale of searching for the mysteries which the past holds.
Kate Morton is an Australian author who has achieved international acclaim with several of her novels. A native of Tamborine Mountain, Morton is a graduate of both Trinity College London and Queensland University. She is currently working toward a PhD which focuses in contemporary novels which marry gothic and mystery literature. Her husband Davin is a jazz musician and composer. Together they have two children, and live in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington.
A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, a maze, an aristocratic family, a love denied, a mystery - The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric, and a compulsive listen about the past, ghosts, family, and memories from best-selling 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 10 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. Download and start listening now!