Fans of lengthier reads and also the classic children’s story The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett should pay attention to this week’s Port Pick. Four year old Nell is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. With only a small suitcase and a single book of fairy tales to indicate who she might be, she is adopted by the dockmaster in Australia and only told the truth of her lineage on her twenty-first birthday. So begins The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, published in 2008. Nell begins to search for her past, leading her to abandoned Blackhurst Manor on the Cornwall coast in England and the doomed Mountrachet family. However, before completely solving the mystery of her past Nell dies and it is her granddaughter Cassandra who completes Nell’s quest. This novel bounces back and for the between the past and present, but the date is set at the beginning of each chapter. Author Kate Morton is a native Aussie, and has published a few more novels since 2008. If you like her writing style, the library also has The Secret Keeper, published in 2012. Each novel is unrelated so you have no worry about starting an unfinished series.
Next Thursday at 7 pm the library will host an e-books workshop, giving an overview of the many ways patrons can get free e-books on their e-readers, phones, tablets, and computers. Call by Wednesday to sign up. Meanwhile, you can get more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit.