author: kate morton…
Posted in library January 23rd, 2010 by pia


I’ve never been that much of a fiction reader, nor have I ever really been a follower of an author, but now, I am both. I’ve just finished reading both of Kate Morton’s books – The Forgotten Garden and The Shifting Fog (a.k.a The House at Riverton) and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am eagerly awaiting the release of her third book.

Kate’s a great story teller. Her writing style is so visual and descriptive without going overboard (nothing worse than an over-described inanimate object like a hairbrush or blade of grass, in my opinion). My favourite of the two is The Forgotten Garden. I was also pleasantly surprised to read that Kate is Australian, and this particular book is partly set in southeast Queensland.

If like me you love period settings and antiquated interiors then you will probably immerse yourself in these books as much as I did – perfect holiday or “down time” reading.


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  1. Jackie Cate says

    How funny – I JUST got The House at Riverton today. I’m glad you liked it! I’m excited to read it.

    January 23rd, 2010 | #

  2. Jane says

    I have read both books they are wonderful, she evokes England in 1920s and 30s so brilliantly. I am v proud that she is from Brisbane. Cannot wait for next book. xoxo

    January 23rd, 2010 | #

  3. Zia Meadows says

    finally a book I have actually read! yes loved it too, lovely the way the story jumps between storytellers without losing you, very well written

    January 23rd, 2010 | #

  4. Ivette says

    I can’t wait to read The Forgotten Garden. It’s sitting next to me on my desk! Glad to hear you enjoyed her writing.

    January 24th, 2010 | #

  5. Cat says

    How funny – I’ve just picked up the House at Riverton from the book pile to read on the train tomorrow. Can’t wait to start it!

    January 24th, 2010 | #

  6. suzanne says

    Sounds wonderful…I’ve been searching for something interesting and you sound picky with your reading…and so am I ! 🙂
    Love your blog, btw ~ & have your book in my shopping cart @ Amazon…all ready to be checked out…can’t wait to own it.

    January 24th, 2010 | #

  7. Galit says

    Thanks for sharing Pia!
    I appreciate your great taste in design, photography & music a lot, it will be interesting to check out the books you love as well! 🙂
    I really need a good read so going to check it out soon!!

    January 26th, 2010 | #

  8. elaine lively says

    i read both of these , they are fabulous, Kate Morton is one of the finest authors to come along in a lond time,her writing reminds me of dapne Du Murier,she wrote some wonderful stories long ago,likeRebecca,,

    April 27th, 2010 | #

  9. Vanessa says

    Just ordered her third book. Devoured the other two, fingers crossed this one’s as good.

    June 16th, 2011 | #

  10. Leslie Bacon says

    Just saw this, will try one, and offer to you: The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazard… another story of Australian women, far from home —- and a fabulous read

    August 26th, 2013 | #

  11. pia says

    Oh thank you for the recommendation, I’ll try to find it!

    August 26th, 2013 | #

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