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The Secret Garden || Book Review

Hi guys! Today I’m going to do a book review of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, one of my childhood favorites. I can’t remember how many times I read it during elementary school – I practically have it memorized.


Mary Lennox, a recently orphaned girl returns to England from India to stay with her reclusive uncle. As she gets acclimated to her new lifestyle, she struggles with her grief as she explores the almost empty Misselthwaite Manor. Though she is rude at her arrival, her discovery of a hidden garden and an invalid child gives her something to care after.


I really enjoyed the character building in this book. Mary’s begrudging behavior change is quite heartwarming, and I liked watching her and Colin (the supposed invalid) grow. Her uncle, though he doesn’t show up much, is quite interesting and intriguing. Dickon and his sister will always be some of my favorite characters. Each of the servants has a story, too, which adds a deeper level of interest.

She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind.


The interesting thing about this book is that not much actually happens. They just go through their daily life. The thing that makes The Secret Garden special is the fact that the relationships grow so delicately and the writing and setting add so much to the book. It also has a sweet message and is very encouraging by the end.

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.


I’ll give this book five stars. It will always have a special place in my heart.

Have you read The Secret Garden? Did you read it in your childhood or when you were older? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!


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