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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton in paperback at 11.20 euros.

The haunting second novel from the author of the number one bestseller, The House at Riverton.

1913 – On the eve of the First World War, 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 called the Authoress had promised to look after her but has disappeared without a trace.  On the night of her 21st birthday, Nell Andrews learns a secret that will change her life forever.

1975 – Now an old lady, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.

2005 – On Nell’s death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage, in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, and its forgotten garden are notorious among the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold – secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here, in the forgotten garden, that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and why the young Nell was abandoned all those decades before.