The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a children’s book first published in 1911. This particular edition is from Puffin Classics containing 340 pages. IMG_8980 The story is told from the viewpoint of Mary Lennox, a ten year old British girl from India. After the death of her parents she moves to Yorkshire to live with her uncle.There she discovers, as the title suggests, a secret garden that holds many of the family secrets.IMG_8982 This is a heartwarming and a satisfying story. The story may seem over sentimental at times, but sometimes it is exactly what one needs. The world is at times so complicated that it is beneficial to look at it through child´s eyes and be reminded that pleasures are to be found in the most simple of things. The children show that magic exists everywhere if one only remembers to look for it. The development the two of the three main children go through is extremely well structured. They grow and learn from their mistakes. I always enjoy when one is in a totally different place and mindset at the end of the book compared to the start.IMG_8987 The Yorkshire setting is my favorite setting in books, the moors are so captivating and mysterious. I always struggle with reading Yorkshire accent, but this time it was relatively easy most likely because it is a children’s book. The ending was satisfying, but I would have liked a chapter or two more to tie the ending more together.        Overall it has been an uplifting reading experience.


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