Secret Garden Review

The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity. 


The most recent book I finished is Secret Garden. In some ways, the story feels like a fairy tale. It is pretty amazing the effect that the secret garden can have on people- this is truly shown through Mary and Colin. I actually love all three children in the book: Mary, Dickon, and Colin. There is something about the garden that transforms Mary and Colin- it is almost like magic in a way. I even loved the animals in the book- from the raven to Dickon’s creatures. It actually is a fast and easy read. I did like this story when I was younger, but honestly do not remember why.

I read this book after The Golden Compass because it was my shortest read. I honestly did not know when I would own the two books following The Golden Compass. So choosing an easy and fast-paced book would work in between. Now, back to “His Dark Materials”- I don’t like the name of this series- after The Golden Compass, the next read is “The Subtle Knife”.

5 thoughts on “Secret Garden Review

  1. I haven’t read The Secret Garden, but I feel like it’s one of those books I should really put on my TBR, if only to see if I like it or not!


  2. I loved this book as a child too! Part of it was, as you mentioned, this feeling of a magic fairytale. But also I related to Mary because she goes from being spoiled to giving and kind. It’s a book of second chances and hope and even as an adult I find it as meaningful as when I was a child. I really enjoyed reading this review! It brings back memories of my love of this book.


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