So many books and so little time! I'm doing my best to plough through my Birthday Books shelf and having great fun in the process. If only there was a job where you could just curl up and read enjoyable books. Must be somewhere... Anyone?
I finished Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden yesterday which means I must have been reading it pretty damn fast...
"1913: A little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her but vanished without trace.
1975: Now grown up, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to Cornwall, and to a beautiful estate called Blackhurst Manor which had been owned by the Mountrachet family.
1995: On Nell's death her grand-daughter, Cassandra, comes into a surprise inheritance - Cliff Cottage, in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor. It is at Cliff Cottage, abandoned for years, and in its forgotten garden, that Casssandra will uncover the truth about the family and why little Nell was abandoned all those decades before."
The book is set in Cornwall and Brisbane, across the three main time frames and focuses alternatively on The Authoress, Nell and Cassandra. It whips between past and present at a rate of knots so there's plenty to keep you busy and lots of "clues" to look out for. An enjoyable novel that's perfect for lazing around with.
Now onto Joe Abercrombie - starting with The Blade Itself. I'm looking forward to this series so fingers crossed!