Updated: Jan 15, 2019
By: Adrianne Roberts
September 24, 2011
I have been reading several good books as of late and just haven't had the time to write my reviews. This book was so great that I felt the need to write about it before I forgot the entire multi- layered stories.
The book takes place during 1900, 1913, 1975, and 2005 and is primarily in Brisbane, Australia and Cornwall, England. All of the characters are so intertwined with each others lives that it is incredible that the author, Kate Morton, was able to keep track of them all. I envisioned her writing with a huge timeline and family tree in front of her at all times! To some degree, I wished I had the same!
The main character is Nell, and her story line starts in 1913 when she is found all alone on a wharf in Marysbourough, Australia. She refuses to tell anyone her name, where she is from, and is about four years old. The wharf master Hugh, takes her home to his grieving wife. They had recently miscarried a child and his wife Lil is overjoyed to take the child. Six months later, a letter arrives from a London detective looking for the child. Hugh burns the letter and moves his family to Brisbane.
On the night of Nell's 21st birthday, at her party, Hugh tells her the story of how she was found which sends Nell on a quest to find out who she really is.
This book is so extraordinarily woven together that when you meet Cassandra, Nell's grandaughter, and the wealthy Montrachet family of Blackhurst Manor, that it is very hard to put down. A most excellent read.