The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Release date: September 1st 1998 (1st ever publishing was in 1911)
Publisher: Children’s classics
Format: Print copy
Rating: 5 stars!
What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle’s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won’t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty–unaware that she is changing too. But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.
This was the very first book I ever read all the way through by myself. This book made me fall in love with reading! I was young, a lot younger then I am now. If I had to guess I would say I read this book around 20 years ago! However to this day I still remember what I read. It had such a big impact on me. I remember not being able to put it down! (Much like I am now with books) I loved the adventure. I loved the garden. How Mary found it all dead and unkempt and how she turned it back into the wonderful beautiful little place. Her own sanctuary where she could go and feel safe and happy. I love how she finds Colin and befriends him. Shows him the garden. It did Mary a lot of good and all she wants to do is help her new found friend feel better as well. The garden is definitely magical! When I think of a garden or peace and serenity I think of the garden in this book. It was just such an amazing picture (even if its in my own head)! I plan on reading this book or encouraging my own kids to read this book. I hope it does for them what it did for me so many years ago. I hope they fall in love with it and continue to read because of this book and others!
If you have never read this book then you haven’t read one of my all time favorites and I encourage you to do so. I really don’t believe that reading this book would be a waste of time in fact its the complete opposite. I hope if you have read this book that you fell in love with it as much as I have. To be honest I can’t think of another book that I have been absolutely in love with for this long except this one. I can’t think of a book that has touched my heart and life like this one has. Don’t get me wrong I have other books I love and hold dear to my heart but it’s just not quite the same. If you have read a book that has truly touched you then you know what I am trying to say even though I am not really saying it because I can’t find the words. So I will say if you have read this book what do you think? If you haven’t I challenge you to read it and let me know what you think.