Set in Paris, written in long sentences with sophisticated vocabulary, with philosophical and literary allusions (Husserl, Ockham, Tolstoy), characters drink jasmin tea, like cats and camellias, listen to classic music, like Vermeer and Dutch still life and are fascinated in Japanese culture - sounds like the perfect book to me, but still there is something missing in it. Gets better in the second half and have an interesting ending. Anybody noticed that Paloma and Colombe both names mean turtledove?
I liked learning about Quakers and quilts and underground railway, good read indeed.However, somehow it happened that within several months I read three books with vivid description of vomiting on the boat from Europe to USA by a young nice girl who later agonizes that she wouldn't be able to go home. "Brooklyn", "Shoemaker's Wife" and "Last Runaway". Well, I am glad I flew here ;-)
When one author succeeds with one book and writes another one about writing the first one, it looks suspicious to me. Preachy about feminine aspect of divine. Mother-daughter relationship kind of interesting, shows well on audio when alternating chapters are read by respective authors.
If you liked "Secret Garden" as a child, you will like "Forgotten Garden" as an adult. Interesting read, but much too long for my taste and starts too slow. The story has bigger potential for suspense. Alternating chapters going back and forth in time not always add much. This new fashion of writing books as movie screanplays require master writting and shoul be used sparingly. I enjoyed some kind of oldfashioned feel of this book. Not as good as "Thirteenth Tale", but can go on the same book shelf.