The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors.

The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary’s only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Published 1911 by Frederick A. Stokes
Format: audiobook; 331 pages
Classics/Young Adult
Also By This Author: A Little PrincessLittle Lord Fauntleroy
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My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Thoughts:

The Secret Garden is one of those novels I always assumed I had read when I was little, or I at least thought I had seen the movie. Having read the book now, however, I realize that I didn’t know the story at all!

Despite The Secret Garden being written for a younger audience, I still enjoyed it, especially the dreamy, poetic language Frances Hodgson Burnett uses. I found myself getting lost in The Secret Garden along with Mary Lennox and her friends. I connected with Mary and her friend Declan right away, but it took me a little while to start liking Colin (although I think that was purposeful).

The tone of mystery and suspense is so thick in this novel that I was constantly expecting something bad to happen. This is actually a pretty common reaction for me; while reading Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone, I thought Emily’s best friend Sloane had been kidnapped and/or murdered when really she had secretly moved.

“One of the strange things about living in the world is that now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever…”

Read This Book If…

…you’re a daydreamer/adventurer.
…you enjoy strong-minded, stubborn characters.
…you’re looking for a book that will help you temporarily escape from the real world.
…you want to rediscover a childhood classic.

“I’ve seen the spring now and I’m going to see the summer. I’m going to see everything grow here. I’m going to grow here myself.”

Final Musings:

I read this book because of it’s web series adaptation, The Misselthwaite Archives. I’m a part of an online LIW (literary-inspired web series) club. Last month we watched The Misselthwaite Archives and chatted about it and I also read the book. The web series is a lovely adaptation of The Secret Garden. Colin was changed to Callie, which worked better for the modern version, in my opinion. The cinematography is gorgeous and the theme music is appropriately captivating. The acting is also wonderful!

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9 thoughts on “The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  1. Not sure if I want to reread The Secret Garden (I remember reading it multiple times when I was growing up), but I really want to watch that Web series now! :-) On Jun 15, 2016 9:13 AM, “macarons & paperbacks” wrote:

    > Maggie @ macarons & paperbacks posted: ” When orphaned Mary Lennox comes > to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it > full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle > keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down > on” >

  2. Great review! I only got around to reading it myself in the past year, which is surprising because I also thought I had read it when I was younger (but I think it was the movie adaptation I was thinking about, lol). It’s a delightful book, that’s awesome that they made a web series adaptation of it :)

  3. After all these years, I still don’t know if I’ve read The Secret Garden or not. I suspect I’ve only seen the movie. LIW sounds so interesting! If I had more time, I would probably check out more web series that feature classics.

  4. I’ve seen the movie and have been interested in reading the book, but now I really want to read it! I’ll have to check out the web series too! I’ve been hard-pressed to find one I’ve really enjoyed since Emma Approved.

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