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le 10 avril 2013
This novel has its flaws: a rather worn-out theme (family secrets buried in the mysterious garden of a house on the cliffs), a structure that I found rather more cumbersome than necessary(three layers of the story that don't always imbricate themselves very naturally), a not very imaginative language, a somewhat artificial turning point in one of the stories (this assumption that an adopted child 'self-evidently' turns her back to her family once she is told, as an adult, that she was adopted).
But then it has its merits too: a touching story of a young girl who finds herself all alone in Australia, and no idea how she ended up on the ship that brought here there; a slow and smart unfolding of the mystery of her identity; a gentleness for the main characters, in particular Nell (the lost child, later a not very good mother, and later still a tender and selfless grandmother to her grand-daughter), but also her adoptive parents (a couple desperate to have children, loving and cherishing this found child, but not making much of an effort to find out whose daugther she really is); and wonderful Dickensians scenes in the sub-narrative that plays back in the early 20th century; a happy ending (of course) that makes it an "easy" and somehow satisfactory read!
It took me a while to get into this story, but at midway or so, I really got hooked and thoroughly enjoyed it! TI'd rather give three and a half stars if I could.