Synopsis (From The Waterstone Website)
A lost child ...On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her but has disappeared without a trace. A terrible secret ...On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell Andrews learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family. A mysterious inheritance ...On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst 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 that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.
What I Have to Say
The Thing I love most about this book is the interweaving of the narrative between the storyline and a book of fairytales which is quite central to the plot. It's artistic and unusual, whilst at the same time being easy to read and enjoy. Also I have a bit of a soft spot for fairy tales ^_^
Sometimes when an author tries to break the conventions of storytelling and do something a bit different it can end up being confusing or just bad. Kate Morton, however, has managed to pull it off in a way that is new and refreshing as well as being really entertaining.
Go read it and see for yourself.