Travel the World in Books to Australia for The Forgotten Garden Readalong in June 2015. Discover the truth behind a prominent family with the help of a book of dark fairy tales and a secret garden.
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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton June 2015 Readalong

Travel the World in Books to Australia for The Forgotten Garden Readalong in June 2015. Discover the truth behind a prominent family with the help of a book of dark fairy tales and a secret garden.


Our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge Goodreads group voted for our June readalong selection and the results are in! The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton edged out The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman by just ONE vote, just goes to show every vote does count! If you want to have a say in what we read and for additional discussion on this and other books from around the world, don’t forget to join our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge Goodreads group.

I have had The Forgotten Garden and Kate Morton books on my bookshelf for awhile now since my book blogger friends kept recommending her books to me. I’ve snagged a couple of her books from library sales and Julie from My Book Retreat just gave me this one to read when we met last month.

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Other Book Blogger Reviews:

Allison from The Book Wheel Blog

Michelle from That’s What She Read

Melinda from The Book Musings


Discussion Schedule:

June 17, 2015: chapters 1-27 on blog and Goodreads

July 1, 2015: chapters 28-end on blog and Goodreads.

July 13, 2015: Twitter chat 9-10pm EST 

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Big Book Summer Challenge


Since this book is 500+ pages long, I’ve decided to join my good friend Sue’s Big Book Summer Challenge too. This challenge runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is to read those big books (over 400 pages) from our bookshelves. I’m writing down all the books I want to read over 400 pages, let’s see how many I can get through with review books and book club books to read too.  I have no idea which one to focus on after The Forgotten Garden, so help me out! 

Books to Choose From 

1. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (548 pages) – reading this one for sure, of course!

2. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (#2 in Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, 531 pages)

3. The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis (524 pages)

4. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran (446 pages)

5. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (617 pages)

6. River of No Return by Bee Ridgway (452 pages)

7. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (my edition has 983 pages)

Which one should I read after Forgotten Garden? I have no idea! 

This post linked up with Book Nook At Create With Joy .

Join us in June for our travels to Australia. What Kate Morton books or books set in Australia have you read? What big books are you wanting to read? As always, happy reading! 



  1. Welcome to the Big Book Summer Challenge, Tanya!! So glad you decided to join the fun 🙂

    Wish I could join your June readathon, but I’ll have to pass on this one – I already have 2 book group books to read this month and am still working on my first Big Book of the summer. But I read The Forgotten Garden for a book group a few years ago and enjoyed it.

    You’ve got a great list of Big Books here! Pillars of the Earth was my very first Summertime Big Book, before I started the challenge – it’s what inspired me to start t the following summer. I loved it and was totally engrossed – but it IS a hefty one! And, of course, I just finished reading Shadow of the Wind, too, so the sequel is definitely appealing.

    Enjoy the readathon and your Big Books!


    2015 Big Book Summer Challenge

    1. Thanks Sue, I figured you’d recommend Pillars of the Earth to me, everyone that has read it raves about it! Well I hope you’ll still stop by the discussions for the Forgotten Garden and share with us what you remember. Have a great summer and I’m sure we’ll be talking!

  2. Hi Tanya! I also read it some time ago and I liked it very much, so hope you enjoy it as well.
    I have also read The secret keeper, and I think that’s her best novel, it made me cry at the end.

    I also wanted to tell you that I have just bought The river of no return, so give me a call via twitter when you plan to read it, because we might read it together!

    1. Glad you liked the Secret Keeper too, I think I have that one to read as well. Ohhh, I’ll be sure to nudge you on Twitter when I get to read River of No Return. It’s always more fun to read with people so I think this one just moved up the list!

    1. Oh good, I hope you’ll stop by and share your thoughts with us on The Forgotten Garden. Enjoying it so far but only 50 pages in. Everyone loves Pillars, that may take me all year to read!

  3. I’m focused on #20booksofsummer and #bookishsideoflife, #Collaboreads, # June as Audiobook month, Paris in July, JA in August – sooo not tackling big books in summer 🙂 Other than this Forgotten Gardenreadalong, but def prefer chicklit and light reads to keep me out and about in our brief season of sunny warmth!
    Thanks for making the button and schedule, Tanya! HapPy reading ? or isn’t it….?

    1. Of course, it’s all happy reading for me! I will tackle the unhappy reading for professional certification later 🙂 It sounds like you have a ton of challenges going on. Glad you can join us for The Forgotten Garden!

    1. Hi Laurie, did you mean to add your link to the Small Victories Sunday linkup. This one is to signup for a readalong of The Forgotten Garden. Just checking since you linked up a specific post and not just your blog. Thanks! Would love to have you join our readalong too 🙂

    1. Yay, glad you loved it. I hope you’ll join us for the discussions even though you’ve already read it. You’re always welcome to sign up and share your thoughts with us. I’m really excited to read this one, everyone says it’s really good. Thanks for commenting Julie.

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