I couldn’t put this book down. I read and enjoyed Kate Morton’s previous book, The House at Riverton and as this one takes a similar format there wasn’t much chance of me disliking this one.
This is another sprawling saga spanning a hundred years, it starts with the discovery of a little girl abandoned on the docks following the sea voyage from England to Australia. A little girl who doesn’t remember her own name. Ninety years later she bequeaths a Cornish Cottage to her granddaughter, who slowly discovers the just how and why her grandmother ended up alone at the docks. I particularly loved the use of fairytales, written by one of the main protagonists, as a device revealing some elements of the story. I did guess quite early on who Nell, as the little girl is named, really was, but I didn’t guess why she was abandoned.
This was absolutely perfect reading for my current state of mind and if you like this kind of book, one I would recommend.