If you have not started reading”The Forbidden Garden” you are unaware of the format. At first it might be a little daunting, I was really put-off by it, but once you get going the dates at the start of each chapter and the names help you keep the story straight. That said, this is not one of my favorite writing styles and as a result I am finding this story less pleasurable to read than I would have if the author had taken a more straight forward approach. Let me know what you think???