The Secret GardenFrances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Book Summary

For the first nine years of her life, Mary Lennox was a mean, spoiled, and sickly English girl growing up in India. But when tragedy strikes her family, she is sent off to live at her uncle Archibald's giant manor in Yorkshire. No longer surrounded by servants, Mary finds herself alone in a big and scary new world. That is, until she finds a garden that's been locked away for years...

Heavily influenced by the premature losses in author Frances Hodges Burnett's life, including both her father and her son, The Secret Garden is an unforgettable story about the healing power of nature. Addressing themes of pain, love, death, selflessness, and inner peace, this classic proves that children's literature can be just as complex and profound as adult literature.

The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) Book Reviews

Easy read. Good book. Made me emotional👍.Score: 5/5

What a lovely story☺️.Score: 4/5

The Secret GardenFrom the first paragraph until the last, this book captured my interest. The story was captivating. The setting was beautifully described. Characters were quite interesting. The author takes you into the secret garden and you become a part of the story. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from this author..Score: 5/5

The secret gardenThis book made me feel alive and appreciate the little things... it brought me happiness along.Score: 5/5

A childhood favorite, re-read at 59, still a treasureAs a child, this book transported me into a safe haven and awakened my soul to love nature, flowers, creatures and gardening....but reading it now from a senior's perspective, allowed me to realize the symbolic nature of the writing, that at any age, much is to be gained and appreciated by this timeless treasure..Score: 5/5

An amazing bookThis book was so good I would reread it so many times and not got bored but I can’t do that because I already know what happens and it’ll just annoy me..Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenI loved this book!!! There were times when I couldn't understand it, so that bothered me, but I couldn't put the book down!!!!!!😺.Score: 4/5

The secret gardenI really enjoyed this book, I started reading this after I had something in my life happen to me I didn’t enjoy and it distracted me very well and brought me in a different world. I loved reading each and ever chapter, the author is good at making you feel like you are in the book yourself. Let’s just say I know why this is a classic and I can’t wait to read more by this author!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️It was amazing 🤩 so much detail! Made me want to curl up in my blanket and read. And after made me want to start a garden!Hard to read the Yorkshire and there where some big words but they where easy to look up❤️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️❤️.Score: 5/5

Good book, but boring too, takes forever getting to the pointI for one really really think it is a good book, but it did get a little boring, and took forever getting to the point. Other than that, it was pretty good..Score: 4/5

The Secret GardenGreat book. Interesting and humorous this book deals with difficult health and neglect issues faced by children. The insight on how the two address and resolve their health and well being is an example of how anyone of any age can overcome the past and live a healthy happy life in the present. Magic is the belief that is positive thinking and truly knowing you can change what life has thrown your way and live a truly healthy meaningful life. Refreshing and interesting the concept applies to today’s world as it did in the last century in the English countryside..Score: 5/5

The secret gardenThis is a great story. It shows that all dreams can come true😀 5 stars.Score: 5/5

MagicThe book! The story... Made my heart to live it..such a powerful emotions, so real ones, painful ones, but really strong and magic ones! Please read it, live it and let be reminded, that we are magicians of our magic life's and destinies!.Score: 5/5

Never get enoughI've read this story when I was young, when my daughter was young and it's still great today.Score: 5/5

A favorite from childhood.One of my favorite books from my childhood that I reread from time to time. However I am disappointed that the ending of this copy, so to speak, had the ending, the real ending, cut short as if to sugar coat things. That's a disservice to the author and a dumbing down of the material..Score: 3/5

The secret gardenThe book the secret garden is a wonderful book that is great for all ages, it is filled with adventure and excitement. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. If I where to rate this book I would give it a 10 and 👍👍. - Anonymous.Score: 5/5

Amazing phenomenal story!I know this book is meant for younger generations. But upon reading it, I came to realize how deep the meaning this book showed me. Almost how we should believe in ourselves. And not to those people who surrounds and etc. I would definitely recommend this! The story is very beautiful and finished it within 2 nights..Score: 5/5

Great bookThis was a great book and I loved the length of it.Score: 5/5

The secret gardenAmazing so interesting😁😁😁👍.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenEnchanting and powerful, full of Magic.....Score: 5/5

A delightful read!This book was so much fun to read. Mary was so spoiled as a white child growing up in India, that when her parents died suddenly and she was sent back to England, she expected to continue having people bow to her will. Instead her new maid, Martha, made it clear she expected a ten year old to be able to take care of her basic needs, such as dressing herself. She was skinny, sallow, rude and haughty, but she soon realized that she felt a lot better when she was nice to other people. Unknown to her, there was another ten year old residing in the great big mansion. He was the master’s dying son and a holy terror. He threw a tantrum anytime he couldn’t get his way. She found him crying one night, while he was having one of his tantrums, and from that day, everything changes, for both of them. She shares many secrets with him, including the discovery of a secret garden on the grounds. The garden’s magic causes amazing changes in both of them. Sometimes, the language changes to a Yorkshire brogue, but while difficult to understand at first, it actually adds authenticity to the story. This is a MUST read!.Score: 5/5

The best book ever!"Tha musnt waste no time"! 🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳.Score: 5/5

Favorite book!I love this book! I started reading it when I barely spoke English and then I read it with better English and it's so amazing my favorite book!.Score: 5/5

Secret GardenLoved the book. Takes you to a secret place with hope ..Score: 5/5

Beautiful BookA book of character, splendid. Mary Lennox is a truly remarkable child indeed. How the author could create such a extraordinary character puzzles me. I'm so glad I read this book! It is my favorite book! The beginning of this book is extremely boring, though the middle is quite beautiful. The end, doesn't "leave you hanging " like one of Frances Hodgson Burnett's other familiar books, A Little Princess. This is, in my opinion, so far Frances Burnett's best work!.Score: 5/5

Great read...I listened to the audiobook of this and was eager to hear chapter after chapter. There were certain phrases that resonated with me. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. You wont be disappointed..Score: 5/5

It's ok, but I wouldn't read it againI would recommend this book to someone who needs something for school, but I wouldn't read it again.Score: 3/5

LoveI got this book when I was little from my nana before she passed.... I still have it actually, but it's a little torn!.Score: 5/5

Absolutely terrificI haven’t read in years, and with everything going on with COVID-19 I had some free time to take up some reading. This book is everything and more! Just what I needed during this grey time. This book is full of hope and “green things” that can inspire anyone. Read this book!!!!.Score: 5/5

AmazingPretty good and interesting ! I could read this all day!.Score: 4/5

A timeless children’s storyA compelling story with many lessons and reminders about what it means to live life to the fullest. Three main characters experience different but relatable struggles with depression, trauma, and the search for happiness. Many wonderful descriptions of natural scenery that pull you into the world of the protagonists..Score: 5/5

A Beautiful StoryI read it so many years ago, watched the movie as well. We all know the movie never does a book justice. I had completely forgotten practically everything. I became so wrapped up in it, that I read it in 2 days. If only everything could end so lovely. I wish there was a 2nd book telling of what became of the children..Score: 5/5

The secret gardenI really loved the book because it had so many exciting parts,funny parts,sad parts,and surprising parts.i hope there's a movie!sincerely Nate..Score: 5/5

Wonderful bookI loved it it's such an amazing book!.Score: 5/5

Nice storyI read this during the fourth grade in elementary and it was a great book!.Score: 4/5

Allow yourself this pleasureFelt a little self indulgent-- a pleasant read. Interesting to juxtapose the Misselwaithe with the country house in 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.'.Score: 4/5

A ClassicI love this story. I read it about once a year. Great story for young adults also. Highly recommend to others..Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenEvery once in awhile I reread this book. Every time I read It, I see different things in it and enjoy it all over again. It is a charming story, and the writing is beautifully descriptive. It always brightens my mood..Score: 5/5

Charming!It is a wonderful story of becoming a better person, positive thinking, and the healing effects of nature. It is a nice picture of innocent childhood, and I loved the animals and the depiction of nature. As it was written in the early 1900s, there are some racist and stereotypical comments, but they are few and far between and have little bearing in the plot. There are bountiful references made to a higher power at work(Magic, the Big Good Thing) but no specific religious affiliation..Score: 5/5

Coming of AgeThis story is truly worthy of any maturity / coming of age saga. Indeed its two major protagonists both achieve thru dedication, analysis, and applied logic a discovery of the world so profound it ranks with any sobriety achievement from a derelict [as I once was] or an "Atlas Shrugged" enlightenment towards achieving clarity. You may find your own examples. Keep the Kleenex handy. xxx.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenAwesome read!.Score: 5/5

A Heart Warming ReadA wonderful novel, describing the effects of nature, friendship and positive thinking on the human body, mind and spirit. Uplifting and enjoyable..Score: 4/5

One of the best books in human literatureThis book has a sort of magic to it. When you read about how Colin and Mary and Dickon make the garden alive and how vividly Mary Hodgson describes the garden in the spring, you just want to be there with them. The book is truly extraordinary and I love it..Score: 5/5

Glad I read it!I had always wanted to read it as a child but never had the chance. I'm glad I was able to do so now to my daughter..Score: 5/5

I love itI started out hating it as it went on chapter by chapter I started loving it more and more..Score: 5/5

LikeLike.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenI don’t know when this book was originally written, but it certainly is a classic. It is so heartwarming. We can learn so much from the positive thoughts that were shown in this book. I really, really liked this book. Could barely put it down once I started reading it..Score: 5/5

Secret gardenWas delightful. I’m in my fifties and just love it. I’m also a gardener. So everything about the that was true to life and I’m a mom so believe children need to be nutured.Score: 5/5

Secret GardenSuperior to most young people's books! Fantastic-fun adult read as well. (Readers remember this "cats have claws at the end of their paws. BUT a comma is a clause at the end of a pause.") Ha-Ha! Hope those who read + record this SecretGarden review enjoy my humor..Score: 5/5

Awesome bookEveryone read this book.Score: 5/5

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Amazing !!!This book is truly amazing. I highly recommend reading it. Don't go! Make sure to hit the add button! You know you want to!!! Go on!!.Score: 5/5

The secret gardenThis book is really good! Except it is way to long like its been stretched because the author just ran out of idea. But it is definitely worth reading Anonymous.Score: 4/5

The Secret GardenI really enjoyed this book.It me made go through a lot of emotions such as sadness when I heard about Mrs Craven ,Colin and the cholera epidemic that took nearly every one in the Lennox household’s lives.I felt happiness when Mary found the garden and it wasn’t all dead,when Mary got her skipping rope and when Colin got better and could walk. It had some words I didn’t understand,most of them the Yorkshire words but I didn’t mind.The author described everything so wonderfully and vividly I could practically see images of the moor ,the garden and the interior of the Misselwaithe Manor in my mind. This book made me stop reading and wonder about many things.One of these things was how life would be like if I were an invalid.My answer to this question was: Life would be hard for me as I do not enjoy when I am sick.Also if no one was able to see me ,to interact with me ,to speak to me I’d feel sad as I am fairly talkative.I have only been to the ER (emergency room) in the hospital once in my life and it was not a pleasant stay for me .I had to have a drip and if life as an invalid was full of drips , shots and lying in bed I’d be devastated.I am a good runner and gymnast and I love to dash around my house.If ,as an invalid ,I wasn’t able to do this I’d act like Colin did before he went to the secret garden . In my opinion this was an amazing,awesome and interesting book which I am sure I will reread many times.I would definitely recommend this book to people who : A) enjoy reading classics and like reading like me. B) like gardening . & C) are reading a classic for the first time like me. as it was a extremely amazing book.Please,do read it. Thank you, ADA PS:PEOPLE DONT READ ENOUGH.READ MORE!.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenA wonderful, uplifting book! A joy to read..Score: 5/5

Awesome!!!Great story!.Score: 5/5

WonderfulA truly beautiful story to delight children and adults alike. JackieT.Score: 5/5

Very much like the message in "The Secret"A story of youth in turmoil and the undeniable power of positive thinking..Score: 5/5

Words can make one sick OR words can healWonderful story of the heal power of words & God’s grace through nature & a mother’s wisdom..Score: 5/5

Secret GardenLoved it! One of my favorite books..Score: 5/5

Secret gardenI enjoyed this book and would recommend it,.Score: 5/5

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The secret gardenThis is an amazing book with heaps of curiosity's, with many wonders to discover.Score: 5/5

Feel good bookThis book is lovely. A real feel good book and one with some great messages..Score: 5/5

Very nice readEnjoyed it thoroughly..Score: 5/5

Awesome!!Great classical book for kids or is it not???!!! Awesome and cool book dudes!!!.Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it down!It was a great book, it made my English classes more fun!.Score: 4/5

The secret gardenLoved the story , loved the characters, loved the accent of the moor's... It Made me smile ... Jacqueline.Score: 5/5

Perfect BookMy favourite book by far. Never fails to amaze me. Suitable for just about all ages.Score: 5/5

AwesomeI love the secret garden and this is a verry unique version well done and keep it up! 😊.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenThis is a really good book. Everyone in the world should read this book. I wish most people will love this book as much as I do. Everyone should thank you for the person who have wrote this book. Thank you very much for writing this book.Score: 5/5

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettGreat.Score: 4/5

'The Secret Garden' book reviewAwesome book I just loved it!!! I totally recommend it to people (man/ woman/ child) who are looking for a book that portrays friendship, laughter, and something that will give you a great time reading. I loved this book and I am sure you will too..Score: 5/5

Better late than neverNow in my 70s, this is the first time I have ever read this book. How I wish I had known about it when my children were young, I would have enjoyed reading it to them very much..Score: 5/5

Claim of funNice.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenWith the last page I think that you should do the actual word It's a bit of an adoults book try to make it a children's book.Score: 1/5

The Secret GardenThe power of our thoughts is inestimable as shown in this timeless story..Score: 5/5

A classic must-read bookThis is one of my all time favourite that I never get tired of reading again and again. I just wished that the story is longer or have a sequel. This book is a chicken soup for the soul..Score: 5/5

OH THE MEMORIES!Read this as a child many years ago, and have just read it again. It's brilliant! Nothing short of brilliant!.Score: 5/5

Boring or WhatIs it just me or is this book really boring?.Score: 5/5

WonderfulI loved this book and the movie, both fantastic and good for all ages..Score: 4/5

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The Secret GardenA highly recommended book to read!.Score: 5/5

The secret gardenThis is a very good book abit worrying at point because u don't know what will is very hard words for kids so I would say teenagers should read this. 4 🎆.Score: 4/5

The Secret GardenA beautifully sweet, if not very politically correct, story written when life was simpler. It was great to reread this..Score: 3/5

ExcellentRead this book as a child and still can reread it anytime such a positive and engaging book.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenThis book shows that positivity can help in any situation and that no matter how spoiled you are, you can always find the kind person you are inside. This book has so many values that are obvious and so many more that you can only find out about when you think hard and pay attention to everything that Mary does. Frances Hodgson Burnett has written an amazing book. I would strongly recommend anyone to read The Secret Garden. 😊.Score: 5/5

A ray of warm sunshineToo good for only children to read. A marvellous uplifting read, especially in these most difficult of times..Score: 5/5

The bookBoring.Score: 1/5

FabulousExcellent read.Score: 5/5

Absolute recommendationOne of my all time favourites!!.Score: 5/5

A favourite of mineLoved it from start to finish.Score: 5/5

Very good!!I wouldn't have got this book usually but because it was free and I had seen the film I got it and it was really good!!.Score: 5/5

The secret gardenThis book is amazing, keeps you interested and thinking all the time. I would definately recommend this book to all ages. :).Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenAn exquisite book. I very rarely re read a chapter but did on many occasions. As comforting as homemade shepherds pie on a cold day. Will be in my list of re read books.Score: 5/5

Really goodReally enjoyed the book very exciting and I felt I was there in the spot watching all happen really good book, recommended by friends and now recommended by me get the book xxx.Score: 5/5

TsgShe knew she must keep the child out of sight as much as possible. So when she was a sickly, fretful, ugly little baby she was kept out of the way, and when she became a sickly, fretful, toddling thing she was kept out of the way also. She never got to see her mother at all. She always demanded from her Ahya!! Overall good.Score: 3/5

The Secret GardenI was enchanted and spellbound throughout. I didn't want it end. A lovely story, very captivating and beautifully written..Score: 5/5

Believe me or notI started reading this book but for starters it is waaaaaaaay to long i can read a 500 page David William book in one day but this book is so long it’s got so much detail and I already know where it’s going..Score: 3/5

CharmingIt’s been a lovely read, full of positivity..Score: 5/5

GggghHhhhjubvffGood book.Score: 4/5

Highly recommendableThe secret garden is an enchanting book for I'd say 10-14 year olds. We have been reading it at school and I have just managed to wriggle free of trouble after reading it during maths. So I'd say don't take it to school if you like: fiction, magical happenings, old stuff or the book itself..Score: 5/5

Lovely storyRead this book as a child. Read it again now. A moving tale. Timeless..Score: 5/5

Secret gardenWonderful, I was sitting in the garden with all the plants and animals, for this short time the world was a wonderful place!.Score: 5/5

The Secret GardenWonderful! I first read it 50 years ago as a child and have just fallen under its spell all over again..Score: 5/5

A beautiful classic anywhereSuch a beautiful book and it was great to be able to read it anywhere so easily with this app!.Score: 5/5

The Secret GrdenI had seen this as a film and enjoyed it, but, the book was even better. You felt like you were there in the big old house when all of these things were taking place. Then you were transformed into the garden, that transpired the feeling of magic to the reader..Score: 4/5

AmazingI have read only the first few pages and I can't put my iPod down!!! It gripped me straight away!!.Score: 5/5

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