THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett
First Published; 1911
Mary Lennox, lonely and unwanted, arrives from India to live with her uncle in Yorkshire.
Left to herself there is little to do apart from explore the huge, gloomy house and its surrounding until, one sunny morning, she stumbles across a secret garden, hidden behind ivy-clad walls.
For the first time in her sad short life she has found something to care for and determines to restore the garden to its former glory. As the garden begins to bloom and is magically transformed no one is left untouched…
Most people have seen the film of THE SECRET GARDEN at some point in their childhoods, I know me and my friends watched it over and over so when I got the chance to read the book the film was based on I was so excited to get stuck in.
Being a classic novel I wasn’t sure what to expect but I loved it. I struggled with some of the language, the old Yorkshire twang, but it was a really good, heart warming story and so like the film it made it so much more magical for my imagination to bring these characters to life that the movies had already developed.
Mary is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire from India when her parents die from Cholera. So used to being pampered by servants she gets a bit of a shock when the servants in her uncle’s house expect her to dress herself. As Mary discovers a love for the outdoors she begins to grow into her self both mentally and physically and begins to realise what a spoiled awful girl she used to be. As she meets new exciting people and finds hidden things and people inside the house, Mary falls in love with Yorkshire and her new home.
All of the characters are written so well that they jump out of the pages and run through your mind like a real life movie. Each new person we are introduced to becomes a big part of the story and even the ones we might dislike to start with soon begin to enter our hearts. Even the wildlife that are also a big part of the story are written so well that they become alive in front of your eyes. The house and gardens are described so perfectly that I wish they were real so I could visit and discover their many secrets for myself.
I loved this story so so much that I so wished I could jump inside the pages of this book and be a living breathing part of it, it filled my heart with so much joy and happiness. I turned the last page with the biggest smile and the warmest feeling.
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