Writing a book where the character's journey blends between the past and the present is never this simple. Several authors write their adventures by placing points that at a certain moment will weave the events of a character in the present day. They can be clues, a found letter, that family secret that your great aunt now with age problems ends up letting go and so many other stories.
The idea is fabulous, but the development is not so great. And this can become a nightmare for those who are reading, as they end up getting lost between the past and the present day or like the history of the past more than the present. Fortunately, The Forgotten Garden, in Kate Morton, manages to be well written and leave the reader well placed in the events, not leaving him lost at any point.
There were no slips of narrative and he is among my favorites with this temporal theme along with Possession (1992) of Antonia Susan Byatt and How to Stop Time in Matt Haig. Possession won a film in 2002 starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. Do not confuse with the horror film. This is a drama that I leave to suggest. The second, was bought by the actor Benedict Cumberbatch and will soon gain an adaptation.
The Forgotten Garden it is precisely one of those narratives that deserves an adaptation, whether for the big screen or a miniseries. Its history has captivating characters that not only involve us, but in many parts we are placed as an integral part of their lives.
The work is a time machine where we are transported to the past and present without being disoriented. With each chapter we want to know more about what will happen or what happened to the characters.
One of the only problems is in the way the author writes. In some parts your writing is heavy and even tiring. But not because of her or the story, but because of the events in the drama, which demand that she be more descriptive.