A B O O K I H A V E R E A D M O R E T H A N
T H R E E T I M E S
T H E S E C R E T G A R D E N
FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT
Mary Lennox is a spoiled, selfish child raised in India and largely ignored by her wealthy British parents. Following a cholera epidemic poor Mary is left an orphan and shipped off to England with an Uncle she was unaware of.
Mary is sent to live at Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, where the sky is gloomy and the weather dismal. She finds her Uncle, when he’s there grumpy and distant, life has not been a happy journey so far for the poor little orphan girl. Until one day there is a crack of sunshine through the dark clouds and Mary with the help of a robin discovers a secret garden.
Throughout the course of the book Mary uncovers a number of secrets held by the house. It is a wonderfully uplifting story about how even though this poor girl had witnessed these tragic events, somehow it turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to her.
I really do love this book. I think as a child I was always fascinated with people having secret things and I loved the idea of a secret walled garden. I remember going to stately homes and looking for secret gardens. As I got older and re-reading this book as an adult I think I enjoyed it more.
If you have not read it yet but have seen the movie, I recommend that you read this book.