In 1913, a little girl arrives in Brisbane, Australia, and is taken in by a dockmaster and his wife. She doesn’t know her name, and the only clue to her identity is a book of fairy tales tucked inside a white suitcase. When the girl, called Nell, grows up, she starts to piece together bits of her story, but just as she’s on the verge of going to England to trace the mystery to its source, her grandaughter, Cassandra, is left in her care. When Nell dies, Cassandra finds herself the owner of a cottage in Cornwall, and makes the journey to England to finally solve the puzzle of Nell’s origins. Shifting back and forth over a span of nearly 100 years, this is a sprawling, old-fashioned novel, as well-cushioned as a Victorian country house, replete with family secrets, stories-within-stories, even a maze and a Dickensian rag-and-bone shop. All the pieces don’t quite mesh, but it’s a satisfying read overall, just the thing for readers who like multigenerational sagas with a touch of mystery. --Mary Ellen Quinn (Booklist)
My Thoughts: I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden, The story begins in 1913 and we travel forward to 1975 and the 2000's following Nell and her granddaughter as they try to solve the mystery surrounding "who is Nell?". The main characters, Nell and Cassandra are very likable and you truly want them to solve the mystery of Nell's family even if the the rest of the family are not so. There are so many secrets - but an adventure figuring out the twists and turns of Nell's life.