just off the bookshelf

i can't believe it's already been a month since we were chit chatting about The Help.
there were so many great recommendations made on that post, that i had a hard time picking my next book to read. but as i was browsing the books at target i noticed the Forgotten Garden and remembered that it had been mentioned a couple times so i grabbed it.

Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

I'd have to give this book 4 shiny gold stars!!
at 550 pages, it's a bit longer than i would normally choose to read.
but i actually enjoyed taking my time reading it. it wasn't a book i neglected my family over. (till the last 100 pages) but i sure enjoyed it over the 2 weeks that it took me to read it.

 another book i'd like to mention since it was also
recommended quite a few times is
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
it's a 4.5 star book as far as i'm concerned.
the title is a little funny sounding but
i thoroughly enjoyed every single page.
it can easily be read in a couple days too. (my kind of book)

next up:
These is My Words
Sarah's Quilt
by Nancy Turner
hope they are as good as people say they are!!

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