The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

When her parents are killed in a cholera outbreak in India, Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle she has never met at Misselthwaite Manor. At first she is spoilt and unfriendly, but when she discovers a locked garden she begins to take more of an interest in her new life in Yorkshire, and gradually discovers the secret of the garden.

The 1993 film version of The Secret Garden was one of my favourite films as a child so I was eager to finally read the book. It didn’t disappoint although it’s always a different experience reading a book when you already know the story. I loved the descriptions of the garden and I particularly liked Dickon as a character. I feel I probably would have enjoyed it more had I read it when I was younger, especially before seeing the film. However, I’m glad to have finally read it.

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