Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Synopsis: "A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden."

My Review: Its been a long time since I originally read this book and I know I wasn't a huge fan then but I did enjoy it this time around. I don't know why it took me so long to finally finish the book because it moves a long nicely and I grew attached to the characters and the scenes that were painted for me. I think maybe it was trying to read the Yorkshire that slowed me down, but it was an important part of the story. As I said I really grew to love the characters, especially Dickon and Ben Weatherstaff. It was great to see both Mary and Colin grow and become less self centered. It was very interesting to see how Mary, after seeing Colin, put together that she had acted the same way and how she changed herself. It was a very enjoyable book, one I plan to keep in my collection.

My Rating: While I enjoyed the book this time, I can now see why I didn't enjoy it the first time I read it, for someone younger it might seem like the story drags and the Yorkshire language can be difficult to read. However, I think it would be good for kids to read it and maybe learn that going outside does a person a lot of good!  I give The Secret Garden Three Paws.


  1. I haven't read this book in ages, but I've been thinking that I should give it a reread.

  2. Oh, and for some reason I wasn't showing up as a follower even though I have you in my reader, so I added myself again :)

  3. I think its great to re-read books after a while, gives you a new perspective on them. Huh that's weird, blogger must be being a pain again.