Children,  Mystery,  Suspense,  Tragedy

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett front cover

About the Author

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was a British-American novelist and playwright. She is best known for the three children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).

My Thoughts

Mary feels curious about that garden and wants to find it. One day when Mary is walking in the gardens and listening to the birds singing she notices something strange. A ring buried in the earth. When Mary picks it up, she discovers that it is an old, silver key… Mary thinks that perhaps it is the key of the secret garden.

Is it? You will find out if you read the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

I enjoyed the story because it has a lot of suspense. What I didn’t like about the story is the end. I expected that it would be more interesting. The part I really liked was where the author tells about the gardens. The description of roses, trees, the ruins of old buildings and ivies is so amazing that it makes your imagination fly. My favourite character is Mary. In the end she helped a sick child Colin to smile and to stand on his legs again. The author’s style is simple and comprehensive with excellent ideas. When I finished the book I felt happy because Colin got better with Mary’s help. The author did a perfect job because everything is described with simple words and that really helps people who read the book.

About the Novel

The action takes place in a beautiful house in England. A little girl Mary moves to her uncle because her parents died of a horrible disease, cholera spread in India. Mary must live with her uncle, Mr Craven, because she is orphan. Days and night passes the little girl starts to get bored. In this huge house with beautiful gardens there isn’t anything interesting except for adults who work. After a few days Mary hears a strange story about a secret garden which everybody has forgotten about.

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