Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Born in Queensland, Australia and a current resident of Brisbane, author Kate Morton has taken the literary world by storm. Her novels have been translated into 26 languages and have sold almost 8 million copies.  

Morton’s fans particularly love her imaginative and suspenseful plots and the way she paces her stories. Three books by Kate Morton can be found on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library.

In Forgotten Garden a four-year-old child is abandoned on board a ship on its way to Australia and the only clues to her identity are the clothes and fairy tale book packed in a small suitcase. Years later her search for a past leads to England where generations of family secrets act like a jigsaw puzzle that needs to be assembled. Readers have compared this story to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved classic The Secret Garden. 

Hidden secrets again are an element in The Distant Hours. London publisher Edie loses her way to a meeting and accidentally finds the aging Milderhurst Castle where her mother stayed during World War II. Edie meets the three sisters who live there and tries to find answers to the mysteries that surround her mother.

The prologue of The Secret Keeper will hook readers immediately. It is the 1960s and sixteen-year-old Laurel secretly witnesses a confrontation between her mother and a stranger.
 Flash forward to 2011 and Laurel is a well-known actress who cannot forget that summer day fifty years ago and is determined to find out what happened and why.

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